Wednesday October 4th, at 6:00 p.m. saw Purr’s opening in Montlake, and I have now visited twice. The site of the former Jilly’s East, Grady’s, Traveller’s Montlake, Montlake Alehouse and Pub Montlake, is now Purr. My most recent visit was this week and a friend and I ordered the nachos with added beef. I preferred this to my first nacho order without beef on opening night. The beef, perfectly cooked, rich flavored and generous, plus the condiments, made for a tasty meal. The happy hour bill for the nachos and two beers came to only $17.80. The manager, Jason, is interested in feedback, and desires to please locals.
The color theme is black and dark red. On opening night, the place was standing room only, very loud, joyous and celebratory. Men outnumbered women solidly; though the owner is a woman (Barbie Roberts; pictured), all the employees seen were men. Extremely few Montlakers were present at the opening; it looked like a party of friends and fans from the prior location of the business: Capitol Hill. The food menu lists basic pub fare such as burgers, nachos, fries. The prices strike me as fair. If you prefer ordinary food and prices to fancier expensive food, I suggest you try out a sample here at 5:00 some day. Happy Hour is stated to go from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday. http://www.purrseattle.com
–Arthur Lee Jacobson