An Open Letter to Save the Madrona Pub

We’ve been asked to share this open letter with the community regarding the Madrona Pub.

 

June 15, 2015

Bart Flora
Cornell & Associates
2633 Eastlake Avenue E #307
Seattle, WA 98102

Etsuko and Frank Harris
1717 Ala Wai Boulevard #1706
Honolulu, HI 96815

Dear Mr. Flora, Ms. Harris, and Mr. Harris:
The undersigned are devoted customers of the Madrona Eatery and Pub. We are
very concerned about the looming loss of this crucial neighborhood gathering
place, even though the owner desires to extend his lease with you. We
therefore ask you to go the extra mile to work out a lease extension with
the current owner of the Pub, Burke Shethar.

Thanks in part to the Pub, and really thanks also to your good stewardship
of the property, Madrona still has a lot of individual character. We fear
that this could go away fast, as is happening all over our city with the
loss of affordable, congenial, long-lived, long-loved gathering places.

The Madrona Pub has been anchoring the commercial neighborhood and the wider
residential neighborhood for 20 years. It is that rare place where whole
families can gather, where people can watch sports, get good food and good
ales as in a European pub. We can’t imagine that a new owner would be able
to create all these fine features, given increased rents and the time it
takes for a neighborhood place to develop a loyal clientele.  Madrona’s
two-block commercial district already has 9-10 restaurants, some with very
high turnover. A new place will have a tough go of it.

The Pub fits an important niche in the ecology of these restaurants:
affordable, family-friendly, full of “regulars,” open every night of the
week, and presided over by a staff and owner who know their customers well
and by name. It takes years to create such a feeling, such loyalty.  Such
continuity is also a big benefit to the landlord.

We know how important it is for us and the Madrona neighborhood to have such
a beloved gathering place. We know how much dedication and care Burke and
his crew have put into this enterprise. We worry that it is irreplaceable in
this economy. So please, property managers and owners, work it out with
Burke so the Pub can extend its lease!

Please let us know that you have received this letter and what your plans
are to resolve the issue.  Some of us would be happy to meet with you to
learn more about the issue. Best contact is David Brewster at 329-6785, or
david@folioseattle.org.

Chuck’s Hop Shop Has Successful Soft Opening

According to Madrona residents, Chuck’s Hop Shop is already seeing success after their soft opening last weekend at their new location on 20th & Union. Residents have boasted that the bar currently has 20 beers on tap and many in a huge cold case that lines the back wall. They plan on having 49 beers on tap when they’re open to full capacity, and if you’re gluten intolerant (or just don’t care for beer) they also have a smaller cooler filled with hard cider, many of them local. Chuck’s has a family friendly atmosphere, welcoming children and dogs at their tables.Chucks Beer

They are also planning to serve a selection of food items such as bratwursts. Chuck’s other location in Greewood has been successfully running since 2010. It is reassuring that the Hop Shop has patrons filling the tables even before their official opening, so hopefully beer lovers in the neighborhood will make this a successful new spot for a cold brew. If you have stopped in for a cold one, we would love to hear your feedback!

Top 10 Places For a Cold Brew Around the Sound

Do you find yourself getting bored of hanging out at the same neighborhood bar, just around the corner form your apartment? Try something different next time your in the mood for a change of scenery, and check out one of the local favorites around the city of Seattle. Seattle Weekly has compiled an extensive list of fun and funky places to order a brew and watch a Sounders game, or play a round of shuffleboard or pool with your friends. Check out the list below, and please offer your suggestions: any additional watering holes that MUST be on this list?

Canterbury Ale & Eats – This Capitol Hill dive is a place where you can truly eat, drink and be merry. The exterior resembles a medieval castle with a full suit of armor to greet you at the door. Once inside diners have endless options of pub grub and a full bar, with shuffleboard, pool tables, a number of large flat screen TVs playing whatever games are on that night of the week, and a jukebox full of all the classics.

Al’s Tavern– This Wallingford favorite is easy to miss on NE 45th Street, but those who have been in a time or two since it’s opening 7 decades ago will tell you they come back for the old school charm, and cheap good eats. Al’s is a cash only dive, with cheap burgers pints and stiffs, and prices haven’t changed much since it’s opening long ago. Al’s has a jukebox and pool tables for entertaining.

Targy’s Tavern– Who knows if the rumors ring true, but Targy’s is said to be one of the first bars in town to have opened after Prohibition went out the window. Located on Queen Anne Hill, Targy’s is away from the busy ave, but neighborhood locals will flock here for a relaxing brew or a stiff drink, and hit the dart boards or catch a game with the guys. They have a very happy happy hour from 4-7 Monday-Saturday, and all day Sunday, $2.50 bottles, and $3.50 drafts.

Twilight Exit– Can you really say anything bad about a great Central District bar that cures it’s own bacon? Twilight has a great beer selection, and happy hour with $1.50 PBRS til 8pm, and you’ll find an array of games in the back area from Ms. Pac Man to Buck Hunter, and shuffleboard. When the weather pick up again, there is ping pong out back

Hattie’s Hat– While wandering down the main strip of Ballard Ave, you’ve likely passed Hattie’s, and it’s pretty much stayed the same since they served the first brew back in 1904. They no longer open at 6am to cater to the graveyard dockworkers, but they do have two nice happy hours from 3-7 and 10-midnight, and brunch on the weekends.