Chris Pardo and Laura Olson are getting ready to launch new ultralounge The Social and adjacent Evo Tapas Kitchen and Cabaret on Friday, though the venue-opening supercouple has one less project to manage. Pardo confirmed Friday that they are no longer involved with Manhattan Drugs, the stylized new steak house that opened on 12th Avenue in January.
Pardo said via email, “we don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but experienced creative differences on the vision of the food and feel of the restaurant.” The restaurant’s website is, um, a little vague on the current state of ownership, but original partner and general manager Corey St. John
is still in place departed with Pardo and Olson, leaving fourth partner Jin Park running the show.
These changes might explain the restaurant’s recent switch from dry-aged to wet-aged beef that Seattle Met critic Kathryn Robinson noted in her review of the new steak house in the May issue.
In December, Pardo and Olson shuttered Detention Bar, their University District spot that was previously a Po Dog. A new Po Dog opened in Ballard in late March, and Pardo and Olson previously announced plans for a Scandinavian small-plate spot, dubbed Queen of Norway, in that same building.