The Rhino Rooms new menu (In da Club sandwich! Haha).
  • Click to enlarge: the Rhino Room's new menu (In da Club sandwich! Haha).

Remember how exciting it was that the Rhino Room was serving food from the great Ma'ono? And how it was from noon to 10 p.m. every day, and you could get a huge Hawaiian plate lunch with Ma'ono's incredible fried chicken for less than $10? And how it came with macaroni salad so good, it was clearly trying to kill you, plus murderously spicy kimchi (yay!) and rice? And the really, really good kalua pork, and the less-huge fried-chicken sandwich on a homemade Hawaiian sweet roll, and musubi for snacking, and a very special thing called a fried-chicken burrito with macaroni salad inside it?

No more Ma'ono at the Rhino. Patric Gabre-Kidan, one of the owners, explains that it was "a logistical nightmare"—a giant catering job from West Seattle to Capitol Hill every day. He also said that the sales weren't quite what they wanted.

Now the Rhino Room has sandwiches, served from 4 to 10 p.m. They're on Macrina bread, and Gabre-Kidan says everyone at the Rhino is really fussy about sandwiches, so they're being made with loving obsessiveness. I have yet to try one, but people in the office say they're good, especially the pulled pork and the grilled cheese. Still: sigh. But at least it's happy hour (the Rhino's is daily from 3 to 7 p.m. with $2 cheap domestic beers, $7 double wells, and $4 glasses of cava).