The historic building at Second and Main that houses Good Bar, Pizzeria Gabbiano, and Elm Coffee Roasters will soon be home to a nine-hole miniature golf course, plus two dozen taps of local beer.
Kirkland's Flatstick Pub is expanding to Pioneer Square, specifically to the basement beneath all these great establishments. As far as basements go, this one is pretty stunning. It has the same exposed brick and slender columns you'll see in the restaurants above...just with less natural light and some dirt where the floor should be.
The setup–miniature golf and an adjacent bar with lots of beer–will be similar to the Kirkland original, though about three times larger. Flatstick owner Sam Largent says this location will also have 24 taps, maybe a few more, all pouring Washington-made beer and cider. And I must say, these guys have good taste.
Flatstick won't serve hard alcohol, just beer and wine, and while there's no kitchen, food vendors might set up shop in a space upstairs. The pub is also known for its games; Largent says he's already working on a tweak to its popular duffleboard, "like a combination of miniature golf and shuffleboard."
Largent and his brother Andy spent the last six months looking for a Seattle location. While Pioneer Square wasn't the brother's first thought, when they saw the space–this was it. Once they're done, a new skylight will brighten things up a bit, and there will be various areas to accommodate larger groups.
The basement actually comprises two buildings–the Furuya and the Corgiat–united in a pretty epic preservation project. The subterranean space began life more than a century ago as a substation for the Snoqualmie Falls Power Company, and spent 27 years as the original home of Comedy Underground, where reportedly the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen Degeneres once performed.
Look for the Flatstick Pub to open in early 2016.