Time for a Checkup
When is it okay to order a drink called the Pap Smir? When it's a boilermaker of Pappy Van Winkle and Smirnoff Ice, and 100 percent of the $220 price tag benefits Planned Parenthood. Thus far, the opening buzz around the Doctor's Office, a new cocktail bar on Capitol Hill, has centered on this drink. But the 12-seat spot has major bona fides in the form of Keith Waldbauer's drink menu, food by former Babirusa partner Rene Gutierrez, and an actual doctor at the helm. Anyone not ready to commit to this serious spirits list might be more into Gutierrez's fresh grilled seasonal skewers, which you can order at an adjacent takeaway counter until 2:30am on weekends (and 1:30 other days). Reservations happen here.
Detroit Pizza Lands in Ballard
There's a bit of irony to a restaurant space once dedicated to gluten free dining embarking on a new chapter as a pizza joint. The Sunset Hill address that used to be Lucky Santo will soon serve thick squares of Detroit-style pie, says Eater Seattle. Jason Stoneburner, a partner in Lucky Santo, is also behind this new pizzeria, christened Sunny Hill; Stoneburner sous chef Sara Eveland will run the kitchen.
Yep. A Chicago-based company called Tapster says it will bring Seattle's first self-pour taproom to the massive Google development rising at the head of South Lake Union. Customers will pay for drinks by the ounce, then repair to the space's bocce courts, swings, stadium seating, or private conference room. This complex, dubbed Lakefront Blocks, will also have a 203º Fahrenheit Coffee Company and a location of the excellent chicken chain Galos.
Trader Joe's, Downtown
Brutal. Marc Stiles at the PSBJ says TJ's is making plans for a downtown Seattle location, but won't specify where. Let the guessing game begin.
Urban Family, in Ballard
One of the city's undersung breweries has departed Magnolia for a large new taproom in—you'll never guess...okay, it's Ballard. Washington Beer Blog says Urban Family opens its doors today, Friday February 21, at 1103 NW 52nd Street. Look for a fire pit and food truck space out front, and a ~party~ new brewing system in the back. Speaking of beer (and Washington Beer Blog)...A legit brewery like Kulshan making beer in pink cans to appeal to the White Claw crowd? Mind blown.