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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Former Basic Plumbing Shall Become a 24-Hour Diner and Bar

Posted by on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

If these walls could talk, would they ruin your appetite for pancakes?
  • If these walls could talk, would they ruin your appetite for pancakes?

The space that once contained Basic Plumbing—the "previously windowless, perpetually terrifying gay bathhouse on 10th and Pike" near the Comet and Elliott Bay Book Co.—is going to be a 24-hour diner and lounge along the lines of the 5 Point. That's right, people—a place to eat on Capitol Hill that's open all day and all night! Why didn't any of the other 107 restaurants that have opened here in the last 17 minutes think of that?

This yet-unnamed 24-hour spot will be brought to you by David Meinert (5 Point/Big Mario's) and Jason Lajuenesse (Neumo's/Moe Bar/etc.). They are promising "the stiffest drinks on the Hill" (stiffest-er than the Crescent?! Lord help us) and "No pretentious pre-deconstructed anything, just real food for real people at great prices."

The opening of the unnamed diner/lounge (any hilarious ideas?) is set (nebulously) for spring 2013. There's also a Basic Plumbing–related joke here somewhere, but you all can take care of that.


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Theodore Gorath 1
Unfortunately it was not previously a lesbian bar, or the joke writes itself, as you only have to drop one letter:

"The Greasy Poon."

Posted by Theodore Gorath on September 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM · Report this
Call the diner "Glory Knoll" and the lounge "The Bareback Lounge"
Posted by Pol Pot on September 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM · Report this
Never mind the location. Meinert doesn't and won't get a thin dime from me.
Posted by hmmmmm on September 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 4
Yes, a genuine diner (24 hour or otherwise) is sorely needed in the neighborhood.

I like Skillet just fine, but if you charge $13 for a burger, you aren't a diner, regardless of what the cows ate.

Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on September 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM · Report this
Meinert's becoming the chicken-fried Tom Douglas, Ethan Stowell without the pesky ampersands, Linda Derschang without the good looks. And with him and LaJeunesse partnered with the Stranger on Block Party commerce, my goodness, this is the Pike/Pine version of what Jack Donaghy would call "Six Sigma Synergy".
Posted by gloomy gus on September 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM · Report this
"stiffest drinks", get it, stiffy....

on another note, and more to @4. Yes, keep the prices reasonable. I understand you have to make a profit but c'mon. Recently, I ate at The Griddle Cafe in LA. OMG! The portions are gigantic, the food is delish, and the price is about at IHOP levels.
Posted by nador on September 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM · Report this
ObeyTheFist 7
Call it Eileen's!
Posted by ObeyTheFist on September 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM · Report this
can i still get a blowjob there with a cup of coffee?
Posted by Rowlf on September 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
scary tyler moore 9
nice to know you can still get a stiff SOMETHING at that address.
Posted by scary tyler moore on September 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
Dougsf 10
I guess Minnie's set the bar so high, no one on the Hill would touch the concept until now.
Posted by Dougsf on September 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 11
hell ..keep the name and call it 'basic plumbing'
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on September 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM · Report this
I agree with the very Reverend Dr. Keep the name and it will forever be an inside joke! Newcomers will just think it used to be a shop selling sinks and pipe fittings.
Posted by crone on September 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM · Report this
Bub 13
"Come and Eat"
Posted by Bub on September 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM · Report this

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