It’s always a happy day when Capitol Hill gets another patio upon which to drink. Right?
First came the oil-drenched Captain Black’s this Saturday brings us the Lookout, co-owned and operated by Oscar Velasco-Schmitz who formerly ran Artemis Café (along with Boris Gorodnitsky) in the same spot. The unobstructed view allows porch loiterers to take in the Space Needle, Bainbridge, South Lake Union, and Queen Anne Hill, and says, Velasco-Schmitz, “is canopied by a very nice maple.”
Velasco-Schmitz told me the move from upscale café to neighborhood pub has everything to do with the economy. “People don’t have the money for high-end right now, and to run one of those places is quite resource-intensive. We thought: ‘we have this beautiful space let’s change the menu so it could be accessible.’” Lookout’s food prices will range from $3.95 to $12.95 and the menu includes fish and chips, white bean hummus, and muffuletta and fried-oyster sandwiches. There are eight beers on tap, a full bar, and a short wine list. (A happy hour with food and drink specials will run from 4-7 daily.)
The Lookout will also boast a special game area complete with a Frankenstein pinball machine and what Velasco-Schmitz describes as “an interactive jukebox.”
So now there are two Capitol Hill destinations for outdoor drinking/oyster sandwich eating, and one less restaurant the city can’t afford. To which there is only one appropriate way for the citizens of Seattle to response: we should head over this Saturday, order a pitcher and some cheap food, Kick back, and enjoy the view.