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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Saint

posted by on March 18 at 11:11 AM

Inquiring minds want to know: What will happen in the newly blue triangular building on Olive, former home of the Wingdome?


Answer: The Saint, a tequila bar with Mexican food, brought to you by the Havana people. They’re aiming to open at the end of the month or early in April.

We’re doing hand-pressed tortillas, hand-chopped salsas, pozole verde, ceviche, carne asada, puerco pibil, etc. Smaller plates, reasonably priced. Very traditional all around. The bar side of things will focus on tequila, although we’ll have other offerings (vodkas, gins, bourbons….) The specialty list will feature seven or eight tequila-based cocktails, all hand-measured and made with fresh juices. We’ll be using the kitchen to cook up our own syrups for use in the drink menu.

Elsewhere, now open for your enjoyment:

Ocho in Ballard: delicious, unpretentious Spanish snacks and $10 margaritas that are arguably actually worth it ($5 tumblersful of Spanish wine: definitely worth it)

Loretta’s in South Park: a place to drink with steaks and burgers, brought to you by the owner of the 9 Lb. Hammer in Georgetown—people seem to love it

And in the Dept. of New(-ish) Chefs on Capitol Hill: Tyler Palagi (from Ferrara on Vashon Island) is now in charge of the kitchen at Smith, while Nick Castleberry (from Sitka & Spruce) has taken over at Artemis (where they say they’ve discontinued live music for the time being).

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That actually sounds like somewhere I might want to go. Good job, Havana People!

Posted by Aislinn | March 18, 2008 11:19 AM

Sounds like a fun place!

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 18, 2008 11:20 AM

It looks like something you'd see in San Francisco... Maybe it's the color.

Posted by Mrs. Y | March 18, 2008 11:23 AM

Cool, Seattle needs more Mexican food (Azteca doesn't count). And, with small plates and good tequila, it sounds like they're taking a page from the La Carta de Oaxaca (in Ballard) playbook.

Posted by Mahtli69 | March 18, 2008 11:33 AM

I totally though "San Francisco" when I saw that picture, too.

Posted by Tone | March 18, 2008 11:34 AM

Ha - I didn't even notice the part about Ocho, which sprung directly from La Carta. With all the new competition, maybe it will actually be possible to get a table at La Carta!

Posted by Mahtli69 | March 18, 2008 11:37 AM

new chef or no, smith needs to bring back the grits for the weekend brunch.

artemis needs to work on their dessert menu - it's awful.

Posted by donte | March 18, 2008 11:37 AM

Awesome! That's right by my apartment and there are definitely times I need Mexican food. Also tequila.

Posted by Abby | March 18, 2008 11:49 AM

I'm excited to hear about the changes at Artemis and Smith. I love the atmosphere at both places but had the most salty, terrible food I've ever had in my life at Artemis (and I LOVE salt) and have had incredibly mixed experiences at Smith.

Saint totally looks Mission-style. I'm stoked.

Posted by Dawgson | March 18, 2008 11:53 AM

Sounds fucking stupid.

Posted by pencil riot | March 18, 2008 11:55 AM

no, it looks like N'awlins...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 18, 2008 12:12 PM

@10: Which part? Eating, drinking or enjoying oneself?

Posted by Dawgson | March 18, 2008 12:13 PM

Down with WingDome!

Looks like I'll be spending even more time eating on the hill...

Posted by boxofbirds | March 18, 2008 12:19 PM

The colour looks nice in the photo.

In reality, it's a horrible colour, the kind that causes decent people to wretch. Hope the food's better than their taste.

Posted by A | March 18, 2008 12:45 PM

What do they think this is, San Francisco? Tone it down people... this is SEATTLE!

Posted by come again? | March 18, 2008 1:01 PM

I love that color. It's almost a turquoise blue but I absolutely love it!

Posted by mj | March 18, 2008 1:05 PM

I had hoped to open my new concept restaurant in that location.

It's the gay male version of Hooters, called Peckers.


Posted by michael strangeways | March 18, 2008 1:06 PM

guess I should read the prior comments, but clearly - they should wheel that sucker South... just kidding, it's a right purdy color.

Posted by come again? | March 18, 2008 1:10 PM


Yes, it matters.

Posted by Gomez | March 18, 2008 1:16 PM

Oh good. More small plates.

Posted by Eric | March 18, 2008 1:48 PM

I think that building looks better than it has in forever.

But tequila, she make me loco.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | March 18, 2008 3:20 PM

Re: prices: "Smaller plates, reasonably priced"—that's all the information available at the moment....

Posted by Bethany Jean Clement | March 18, 2008 5:34 PM

Much more importantly: Does anyone know if That's Atomic (just up the block from the blue place) has reopened?

Posted by catalina vel-duray | March 18, 2008 9:31 PM

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