Seattle Restaurant Openings

Ship Canal Grill to Open in Former Kristos Eastlake Space

3218 Eastlake Avenue gets a nautical and historical makeover.

By Christopher Werner November 14, 2011

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Kristos Eastlake is no longer, and in its place comes Ship Canal Grill. The bar and restaurant taking over 3218 Eastlake Avenue is shooting for a Friday open, says co-owner Dominic Wood. His partners in the venture are Wes Larson and Wes’s wife Daphne, who reside in Bremerton and own the building at the foot of the University Bridge.

The Grill takes its name from the waterway that’s a block north, so naturally nautical trimmings are in order. For example, an architect is building a model of the aforementioned bridge that will hang over the bar area. Wood and co. are (wisely) swapping the cobalt color scheme that defined Kristos in favor of a light blue palette. Wood, who managed Kristos, said they’re also outfitting the space with black-and-white images from the ’50s and ’60s that chronicle the development of the neighborhood. (Yup, there’s one of the bridge.)

Speaking of the bar, Wood says to expect eight draft beers, six of them local or Washington varieties. On the menu are burgers, sandwiches, pastas, and a bunch of "Pacific Northwest local flavors," i.e. an assortment of seafood dishes.

The downstairs accommodates 100 diners. Upstairs is a space for groups of up to 40 as well as a pool and entertainment room and the "Dawg Den"—a dedicated spot for Husky fans to watch football (and take in more black-and-whites, these of the UW).

Ship Canal Grill will operate weekdays starting at 11 and will open at 10 on weekends for brunch. Wood says live music is planned for Friday nights, and probably most Saturdays too.

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