|Young customers entertain themselves while waiting for a table.|
Opening day at Lake City's new Elliott Bay Public House and Brewery may go down as one of the largest events of the year in the Lake City neighborhood.
When the new business opened its doors at 11 a.m. on Monday, there was already a line of people outside hoping to be among the first customers into the new business.
By noon, the restaurant was nearly full. And at dinner, the wait for some was more than 1 1/2 hours to get a table.
A hurried wait and kitchen staff tried valiantly to keep up with wave after wave of enthusiastic customers that poured into the establishment. By evening some of the wait staff seemed exhausted by the onslaught but still worked with a smile.
One of the most common things overheard at table after table was that Lake City needed an establishment like this.
Todd Carden, one of the businesses owners, was among those rushing around, making sure the restaurant was running smoothly. "I think all of Lake City came out," he said as closing time approached and the bar area was still nearly full of customers.
The popular restaurant is known for its other two locations in West Seattle and in Burien. They are also known as a family-friendly establishment, a hallmark of the business shown Monday by the large number of families with kids in tow.
Around 6 p.m., the start of 'happy hour,' the wait grew to over 45 minutes. Dozens of parties decided not to wait and left.
An informal survey of 7 parties found that they were all going to other restaurants nearby, a spillover effect hoped for by many in the local community. Three parties crossed the street to Romios, two planned to walk to Thai One On and two were going to see what other restaurants the neighborhood offered.
Two parties were disappointed to find that nearby coffee shop and bakery Kaffeeklatch was closed during the long wait.
On opening day the brewery opened membership in its Mug Club. The club, a popular feature at its other establishments, offers members an engraved mug kept at the bar, 4 extra ounces of beer with every purchase and invitations to special mug club events and promotions. Membership in the club is a one-time fee of $50.
By late afternoon the Mug Club was completely sold out.
|Customers enjoy their first dinner at Elliot Bay Brewery.|
|The bar area was standing room only late into the evening.|
|The Lake City Lions Club placed American Flags on the building exterior.|
|The first wave of customers sit in booths after the 11 a.m. opening.|
|Owner Todd Carden photographed with Vera, Cassondra and Hannah.|
|Customers show pride in their neighborhood with stickers handed out at the opening.|
|A receipt on opening day.|