The Tippe and Drague Alehouse at 3315 Beacon Ave. S., which opened last weekend to a throng of thirsty Beaconians, recently filed a new liquor license application, adding an new endorsement that wasn’t on their earlier license application. The previous license applied for was “direct shipment receiver — in Washington only” (which allows them to buy beer and/or wine from federally certified wineries or breweries), “restaurant – beer and wine” (which allows them to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption in conjunction with food sales). They are now applying to add an off-premises endorsement (which will allow them to sell beer and/or wine for off-premises consumption in original containers, as well as allowing them to sell tap beer to purchasers who provide their own containers, subject to certain restrictions.
The applicants are Tippe and Drague LLC, Melissa Cabal and Robert McConaughy, and the license number is 407765. As with all liquor license applications, if you wish to comment on the application to the Liquor Control Board, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ABC Supermarket at 2500 Beacon Ave. S. has applied for a new liquor license of the type “Grocery store: beer/wine.” The listed applicants are ABC Supermarket, Inc., James Che, Jenny Che, and Ky Ho. The license number is 354645.
If you’d like to make any comments on this application, whether positive or negative, e-mail email@example.com or send regular mail to:
Washington State Liquor Control Board
3000 Pacific Avenue SE
P. O. Box 43098
Olympia, Washington 98504-3098
The much-talked-about Oak restaurant, expected to open on Beacon Avenue this spring, has a problem. Owners Lisa Jack and Mat Brooke have received a letter from the state Liquor Control Board which states that they face possible denial of their liquor license because the Board has received 14 protest letters but only 5 letters of support for the business.
They must respond by March 26 with a statement outlining why the Oak should still be approved for a liquor license, and letters from the community will be considered as well.
Brooke and Jack attended the North Beacon Hill Council meeting last week and spoke about the project. They have taken steps to reduce neighborhood concerns, including locating the 21+ bar portion in the center of the building, to limit exterior noise; no door access to the alley, except for emergency exits; no smoking allowed in the back of the building; and no karaoke or live music. There will be all-ages kid-friendly dining space. The menu is planned to be “family-friendly” comfort food such as burgers,salads, macaroni and cheese, and sweet potato fries, with lunch and dinner seven days a week until 10 p.m. as well as weekend brunch. Ingredients will be locally-sourced.
Brooke and Jack will not be absentee owners; at the meeting, they explained that they will be living at the site themselves, and have a direct stake in the quality of the neighborhood.
After the NBHC discussion, several neighbors who live or work adjacent to the Oak site and had attended the meeting to express their concerns about a possible “tavern” moving in indicated that their concerns had been addressed and they seemed to have a much more positive feeling about the new restaurant.
It is unclear whether the protest letters the Liquor Board has received were sent before the NBHC meeting. When the news came out on the Beacon Hill mailing list last night about the Oak’s difficulty with the Board, the reaction on the list was one of surprise, with several subscribers expressing their intent to write in support of the business. In the previous discussion on the Beacon Hill Blog, the comments were overwhelmingly in favor of the Oak.
If you would like to express your opinion on the Oak, send a (snail mail) letter to the Liquor Control Board at:
Washington State Liquor Control Board
Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 43098
Olympia, WA 98504-3098
Here’s what has to go in the letter:
Referencing The Oak
3019 Beacon Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144-5853
With the recent passage of Initiative 1183, Washington’s grocery stores are rushing to apply for new liquor licenses which will allow them to sell spirits. Beacon Hill’s Hilltop Red Apple Market and the nearby Rainier Valley QFC are no exception; both stores have recently filed “added/change of class/in lieu” applications to be classified as spirits retailers, along with their existing beer/wine licenses.
If you want to comment to the state Liquor Control Board about either of these applications, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Red Apple license number is 350969, and the QFC license number is 353298.
Some Beaconians have been morning the loss of The Beacon Pub, the dive bar formerly located at the site of Bar del Corso. Perhaps the new liquor license application we saw today will give you hope.
A “spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge +” application has been filed by Bar4 LLC (Tim Purtill, Kelly Staton, Lisa Jack, and Mat Brooke) for a business named The Mighty Oak, to be located at 3019 Beacon Ave. S. This is the former location of Sharon’s Lutong Bahay and of Manila Video; the building sold a few weeks ago for $435,000. A liquor license of this type allows an establishment with more than 50% dedicated dining business to sell spirits, beer, and wine by the serving for consumption on the premises; the beverages may be sold on tap or in opened bottles or cans.
Bar4 LLC also own The Redwood, a bar at 514 E. Howell St. on Capitol Hill. Yelp reviews mention peanuts on the floor, hamburgers, cheesy corn nuggets, and sweet potato fries—we don’t know yet what sort of place The Mighty Oak will be, but all of those things are currently lacking on Beacon Hill. (The reviews also mention hipsters. Frequently.)
Some years ago The Redwood was under scrutiny after some of the bar’s neighbors complained about noise. (The Redwood, like The Mighty Oak, is located in a mostly residential area, though one that is considerably denser than North Beacon Hill.) The Department of Planning and Development has since closed the complaint case, and The Redwood continues to operate.
We are attempting to contact the Bar4 LLC folks and will update when we hear more information about The Mighty Oak.
The liquor license application is number 408904. Comments about the application may be e-mailed to the Washington State Liquor Control Board at email@example.com.
This is what the Mighty Oak building looked like in 2008, when Google Street View came by and took a photo. It has since been painted green:
Another liquor license application was recently filed for a Beacon Hill business. El Quetzal, the Mexican restaurant at 3209 Beacon Ave. S., filed an “Added/Change of class/In lieu” application for a license of the type “Spirits/beer/wine restaurant service bar; off-premises sale of wine.” This is an application for an additional liquor license class beyond their current license. The off-premises license would allow the restaurant to sell wine by the unopened bottle for off-premises consumption.
The applicants are listed as Juan Jose Montiel, Elena Sarmiento, Juan Jose Montiel Cardova, and Elena Sarmiento Ruiz. The license number is 405543. As usual, if you wish to make any comments on this application, whether positive or negative, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The applicants are La Esperanza de Seattle GP, Geovanni Santacruz, and Omar Santacruz. The license number is 407963. If you wish to make any comments on this application, whether positive or negative, e-mail email@example.com.
The soon-to-open Travelers Indian thali restaurant at 2524 Beacon Ave. S. has just had a liquor license application approved for a “direct shipment receiver” license (which will allow the business to buy beer and/or wine from federally certified wineries or breweries). Here is the information as posted by the state Liquor Control Board:
Approved Date: 6/27/2011
Business Name: TRAVELERS
Business Location: 2524 BEACON AVE S STE 1, SEATTLE, WA 98144-5132
Liquor License Type: 350, DIRECT SHIPMENT RECEIVER-IN WA ONLY
Application Type: NEW APPLICATION
License Number: 403433
There were two recent liquor license applications in the neighborhood that may be of interest.
The first application is for Travelers, the Indian restaurant opening soon at 2524 Beacon Ave. S., and the applicant is Allen S. Kornmesser. The license type being applied for is “direct shipment receiver” (which will allow the business to buy beer and/or wine from federally certified wineries or breweries) and “restaurant – beer and wine” (which will allow them to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption in conjunction with food sales). The license number is 403433.
The second application is for La Esperanza de Seattle, just across the street and a bit north at 2505 Beacon Ave. S. The applicants are La Esperanza de Seattle, a Partnership; Geovanni Santacruz, and Omar Santacruz. The license type applied for is “grocery store – beer/wine.” The license number is 407963.
As with all liquor license applications, if you wish to comment on the application to the Liquor Control Board, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.