Two current themes in Seattle’s food world are about to collide—restaurants' unceasing migration into Pioneer Square, and chefs’ penchant for opening mercantiles and markets.
A group of partners led by Joshua Henderson’s Huxley Wallace Collective is planning a second location of the Cone and Steiner mercantile that opened in December up on 19th Avenue. It’s going in at the new Stadium Place development at Occidental and King, right next to Henderson’s planned sports bar, Quality Athletics.
It seems each week brings news of a new cocktail bar, restaurant, doughnut shop, or oyster bar in the neighborhood. But even as more people move to Pioneer Square, pickings are awfully slim for anyone who wants to grab some groceries on the way home.
Not that Cone and Steiner is a place to stock up on cat litter or jumbo boxes of Cheerios. It’s the brainchild of Fuel and High Five owner Dani Cone (mercantiles are in her blood), and a place where patrons can pick up a few onions, a bottle of wine, some locally made mustard, a panini, or an $85 painting of the Rainier “R” by a local artist.
The Pioneer Square Cone and Steiner will be slightly larger than its Capitol Hill sibling, but sell the same mix of pantry items, beer and wine, and grab-and-go items like roast chicken, mac and cheese, whole grain salads, or baguette sandwiches. It will also house a growler fill station with five beers and a hard cider on tap. Henderson and Cone are partners in the venture with Retrofit Home owners Jon Milazzo and Lori Pomeranz, hence the array of clever entertaining and home wares. The store will actually be connected to a new Retrofit Home outpost next door.
The Cone and Steiner team plans to tailor offerings based on the neighborhood's requests, but it's likely this store will amp up the prepared food selection, especially the lunch-appropriate stuff.
Allow me to digress for a minute. Henderson has been on an opening spree of late (he swears the Stadium Place project is it for the year), and fire pits have become a sort of signature for Huxley Wallace establishments. You'll find one on the courtyard at Hollywood Tavern, another ringed with oyster shells outside Westward (you can even rent it out during the colder months). Apparently Quality Athletics will have one as well—I love living in a town where sports bars have amenities like this.
Both Quality Athletics and Cone and Steiner aim to open in early fall.