For more than a decade Lark was located on 12th Avenue in a space wedged between Rhein Haus and Canon. Then two years ago, chef John Sundstrom and his partners, Kelly Ronan and JM Enos, moved Lark to its current lofty (and Adele worthy and Instagram-able) digs. After a two-year interim as a private events space, the original Lark location will soon reopen as Enos, Ronan, and Sundstrom's new pizza place called Southpaw.
Southpaw will be a casual restaurant, as in order-at-the-counter casual, with a wood-fired oven baking pizzas with mostly vegetarian toppings. Those toppings will be sourced uber locally from Lark's rooftop garden less than a half mile away. As the name suggests, pizzas will be somewhat unorthodox: more Neapolitan meets New York style, less Jake Gyllenhaal sports flick.
Don't worry, meat lovers, there will be a list of optional meaty proteins you can add to your pie too. Other offerings include salads and vegetable sides, all hailing from a secret garden in the sky, plus rotating cheese and charcuterie. Dessert will come in the form of salted chocolate chip cookies and two soft serve flavors; one will lean a bit adventurous while the other will be a familiar flavor, and both always swirlable. And no bottles here: Drinks will all be dispensed from a tap, beginning with two wines, one red and one white, two beers, one cocktail, and one soda.
As for a timeline, Sundstrom tells The Seattle Times that they're aiming for a “late September, maybe October first” opening. If you need some memory jogging: Southpaw will be located at 926 12th Avenue.