Here is some great news for beer drinkers on Capitol Hill. A trio of beer loving businessmen will be opening a new bar called The Pine Box in the space that was previously The Chapel Bar at the corner of Pine and Melrose. Ian Roberts, one of the founders of Seattle Beer Week, has teamed up with friends Dean Hudgins and Mark Eskridge and they hope to have the bar open in early 2012. Roberts was previously a bar manager at the well-known Brouwer’s Cafe.
The Chapel Bar appealed to some, but for many the bar was somewhere to stay far away from. The Pine Box plans to change that. Roberts says, “If you’ve ever been into the old Chapel space you’ve been to the closest thing to a German disco this side of the Rhine. We’re purging that feeling as we rid the space of lasers, bubble machines, and giant white pleather couches. We want to bring the original charm of the historic 1920′s building back, while adding a bunch of kick-ass beer in the process.”
The beer menu will focus on American craft beers with a few special imports mixed in. They’ll have a wide spectrum from rarities to accessible crowd-pleasers. Basically, they plan to have a beer for everyone served in proper glassware. You should also expect some special events at The Pine Box, especially when Seattle Beer Week returns in May 2012.
The bar will also have a food menu that will show the same concern for quality as their beer menu. It will include inventive pizzas, as well as local steaks, chops, and seafood.
This is great news for Seattle and Capitol Hill, and I can’t wait to check the new place out once they open. Congrats to Ian, Dean, and Mark!