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Friday, April 26, 2013

1st Hill Bar and Grill Closes

Posted by on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:21 PM

  • Kelly O

As of tomorrow at closing time, the neon lights at Ninth and Madison will be no more. After 34 years and some health troubles, the owner of Greek-American 1st Hill Bar and Grill has decided to sell. Marti Jonjak’s Happiest Hour love note doubles as an elegy for one of the last truly old-school Seattle restaurant-and-lounges:

The 1st Hill Bar & Grill is a deeply charming dive that's been around forever. Occupying the front space: a pleasant, ordinary diner with old men and mauve seashell-print upholstery and garlands of plastic ivy. But the back lounge blooms into a distinct and unexpected realm—vast and still, with glossy orange underlights and murals on every wall depicting famous Greek ruins.

Come say your goodbyes!

There's a silver lining to this story: The buyer is Ridgley Kuang, owner of the two Green Leaf locations—one serves the best Vietnamese food in Belltown (no contest) and the other serves arguably the best Vietnamese in the International District (we can fight about it in the comments). I go to the Belltown Green Leaf so often that the waitresses know how I like my iced coffee and sometimes send over free dessert.

Kuang isn’t opening another Green Leaf; he thinks two is enough. The new restaurant will be called Lotus Asian Kitchen and Lounge, following a few months of remodeling. Some Green Leaf dishes might migrate, but the menu will have more of an experimental, Asian-fusion vibe, plus a full bar.

And if you find yourself wandering First Hill, in need in of old-fashioned, homey ambience and cheap, serviceable souvlaki, there’s always Mediterranean Kitchen.


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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1

Seattle..the American Ghost City.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on April 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 2
Deeply charming dive? I took an informal date there once after they spruced up a bit in the early 90s with only a new sign (as it turned out). So embarrassing. Would have impressed my date more by finding a nice meal truck somewhere. This place was awful - and as far as I can tell, was always awful. But how many awful places hang around forever in Seattle?
Posted by Bauhaus I on April 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 3
I didn't mind First Hill Bar & Grill. Wish they had a bit more greek food than the diner stuff, but I'll still miss it. Strong drinks, greasy breakfasts, I liked it a lot better than the other surrounding diners, at least.

@1: Never stop being unglued and full of babble, Bailo.
Posted by undead ayn rand on April 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM · Report this
Bub 4
They make delicious gyro omelettes. Mmm.
Posted by Bub on April 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Madskillz80 5
I loved First Hill Bar and Grill. The waitresses were personable and treated us like family, the food was good and affordable considering the portions they gave. I will miss them, but I will also embrace the new tenant.
Posted by Madskillz80 on May 1, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this

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