How to kick off our 2014 coverage of Capitol Hill food and drink? CHS will break some news about that nightlife hotspot to our northeast, Montlake! Well, not exactly break — the neighborhood email list is already all a twitter about the news.
“We’re just really excited to meet the neighborhood and try to give Montlake something new,” said Devlin McGill.
McGill, part of the group of partners behind Frelard’s The Leary Traveler and industry favoriteThe Nabob in LQA, says his new Traveler Montlake will be kin to his Leary Ave establishment — “a new American pub” with “a focus on quality food and beverage.”
“We absolutely love — love — playing with game meat. Meatloaf with ground buffalo, kangaroo sliders, wild boar sloppy joes, roasted goose pot pie,” McGill said.
The new Traveler takes over the longtime home of the Montlake Alehouse which shuttered to start the New Year. Alehouse owner Burke Shethar tells CHS that his 10-year lease on the 24th Ave E neighborhood favorite was up and he was ready to focus on his original Madrona Alehouse. “Madrona was the first and I am most sentimentally attached as I live in Madrona,” he said. “It will stay with me.”
“I had a nice 10-year run at Montlake but a new lease wasn’t going to be offered,” Shethar said. “The locals were great, but I believe they will be in good hands.”
Those hands will be delivering the above-mentioned wild game specialties, plus standard pub fare and a selection of 12 beers on draught — six in rotation.
McGill said he and his partners looked at seven different locations around King County for a new Traveler and selected Montlake based on demographics and McGill’s connections to friends in the neighborhood. “I’m really excited about the opportunities we have,” he said.
Opportunity brings change, however. Sorry, kids. The fabled Montlake Alehouse play pit — McGill called it “kiddie Thunderdome” — is a goner. After hearing McGill’s stories about how the pit was put to use in the 1970s, CHS suggested the carpet be handled by the CDC.
After a thorough scrubbing, Traveler Montlake is being lined up for an early February opening at 2307 24th Ave E. You can learn more on its Facebook page.
Thanks CHS! Now, uh… care to elaborate on the pit stories from the 70s?