After four short months at the corner of 56th and 17th in Ballard, Chase Lounge is permanently closed as of this week. The restaurant focused on “approachable seafood paired with thoughtful cocktails”, had a mezzanine of arcade games and pinball machines, plus TV screens for sports fans. It checked a lot of boxes for that area just off of Market Street.
Chase Lounge opened in April, with chef and co-owner Rob Milliron helming the restaurant. He formerly held down the kitchen at Radici in Pioneer Square, credits Mike Easton of Il Corvo with teaching him “the value of taking fresh ingredients and using them in unpretentious ways to create great food”, and imported Homegrown’s sustainability ethos to Chase Lounge. He also brought on Kevin Bartlett from Taylor Shellfish to curate an oyster list and Travers Romann from New Orleans’ Primitivo to run the bar program.
Despite Milliron and his talented team, the restaurant has closed due to “some investment shortfalls and health concerns with an ownership member,” says a recent Facebook announcement. No one from Chase Lounge has responded to our queries for more details, but the Facebook post also says they plan to sell the business to another bar/restaurant group.
Hopefully this isn’t the last of Rob Milliron and a restaurant with a triple entendre: “Chase Lounge comes from my grandparents, who's surname is Chase; they also had a chaise lounge that we are trying to get moved up here for the entrance. The name Chase is derived from English [meaning] 'hunter', so we chose the fox because of this and their fondness for mollusks,” said Milliron back in April.