Earlier this week we posted about the new and departing restaurants in Green Lake this month. One of those included Lunchbox Laboratory, which closed last weekend and is anticipated to be reopening as Green Lake Grill at the end of January. We reached out to Neighborhood Grills, the owner of the restaurants, for more information and just received this press release explaining the departure and anticipated menu of the new Green Lake Grill.
“After 2 years as Lunchbox Lab, Owner, John Schmidt will be resurrecting his former Greenlake Bar & Grill. “We miss the popularity we had in the neighborhood and are excited to get back to what originally made us famous.” said, John. The original Greenlake Bar & Grill served guests for 17 years and closed on February 11, 2018. “Those were great years and we’re looking forward to serving the Green Lake community again with a neighborhood grill,” John added. Lunchbox Lab closed on January 18th. The restaurant is currently under remodel and will reopen as Greenlake Grill on January 27th. The Greenlake Grill menu will feature comfort food and similar menu items as its’ sister restaurants; Eastlake Bar & Grill and Lake Forest Bar & Grill. The restaurant is 3000 square feet and seats 100. When weather permits and the outdoor patio is open, seating capacity expands to 140. The patio is dog friendly. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch, happy hour and dinner. Brunch will be served on the weekends. The restaurant is located at 7200 East Green Lake Drive North, Seattle, WA 98115 Phone 206. 729.6179. Management is currently hiring front of the house team members for the new restaurant. Applicants can apply in person, at the restaurant or online at www.neighborhoodgrills.com“
The beginning of the year has several Green Lake businesses opening, closing or revamping. Here’s the latest:
On the west side of the lake, two new places just sprouted up on Aurora Ave. As we reported earlier, Lagetta Pasta and Pub took over the Olde 99 Pub space in early December. And about a block away from Lagetta, inside the Triumph Motorcycles building, the Wick plans to open by February 1. This is the second outpost for the motorcycle cafe and bar, which has another location in Queen Anne. But this isn’t your traditional biker bar. Peeking through the windows you can see a modern, approachable space with a subway tile wall and espresso machines. The owners tell us “we are a coffeeshop that offers hot sandwiches, pastries, snacks, coffee, espresso, retail items and beer. We are centered around the motorcycle lifestyle and throw a lot of the local moto events.” After all the permits are finalized, Moto plans to be open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Look for their soft opening party on January 30th.
It appears that Green Lake has reached burger capacity. Lunchbox Laboratory, the burger-focused restaurant, has closed. A sign on the door says “We are closed for a remodel! We will be open to the public on 1.27.20. Will be Greenlake Grill with a new menu! Hope to see you in a couple of weeks! Thanks MGT” Lunchbox Laboratory opened in March 2018. It is a few blocks from Little Big Burger and Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. Before becoming a Lunchbox Laboratory it was Greenlake Bar & Grill and was open for 17 years. Both restaurants are owned by Neighborhood Grills. We have reached out to the company for more information about the menu and what the new restaurant will bring to Green Lake. We will keep you posted.
Meanwhile, across the street from the Green Lake Wading Pool at JaK’s Alehouse, a sign was just posted above the restaurant that says “Food/Bar Available”. The restaurant still appears to be open. Nothing has been posted on their website or social media about the anticipated closure. We reached out to the restaurant but haven’t heard back about their plans or timing for closure. UPDATE: Owner Ken Hughes tells us ” we are about to end our five year lease and have chosen not to renew. As great as all our regulars are, we just couldn’t make a go of it financially. We will miss the neighborhood immensely and wish it had gone differently! Our last day will likely be late February.” We also reached out to the property management company who said that the space will be available in April or May.
The Tangletown fitness studio Todo Bien Wellness Center has also closed and split into two different locations – one for personal training in North Green Lake and the pilates and massage practices are now two blocks away from the old location. Check out their website for more information.
Seattle Public School registration for new students for the 2020-21 school year is now open. If you have a Kindergartener that will be starting in the fall, here are the two Green Lake elementary schools and open house dates:
Daniel Bagley Elementary: January 24th at 8:30am February 6th at 6pm
Not sure where your child’s attendance area school is located? Check out the address lookup here.
In addition to the enrollment information on the Seattle Public Schools site, there is also information about the choice schools process should you want your student in a school outside of the Green Lake area.
Lagetta Pasta & Pub has taken over the former Olde 99 Pub location (7305 Aurora Ave N) next to Beth’s Cafe. Now owned by husband and wife team Dianna and Trevor Wagner, the two bring 20 years of pasta experience to Green Lake. You may know the duo from Pasta Ya Gotcha that has been at the Microsoft campus for more than 20 years and most recently the Amazon South Lake Union campus. Since taking over the space in early December, Lagetta or “little lake” has made some changes to the space including new flooring, chairs, fixtures and paint. But Dianna says the biggest changes are to the menus, which will feature a variety of pub food, pasta and sandwiches. To see the full drink and food menu, go to Lagetta’s website. “We still feature a ping pong table and soft point darts, as well as soft comfy chairs to catch your favorite game,” says Dianna. This month they are starting up Tuesday trivia with food and drink specials and plan to have delivery services such as GrubHub and others for their full menu soon. To celebrate the opening, Lagetta is hosting a grand opening party this Saturday, January 4, starting at noon. Note: Lagetta is 21 and over.
Lagetta Pasta & Pub 7305 Aurora Ave N 206-687-7047 Hours: Monday – Saturday: 2pm – 2am, Sunday: 2pm – 12am
Need a place to drop off your list of toys and cheer you want Santa to bring you this year? We spotted this dropbox at the Green Lake Bartell Drugs (419 NE 71st St). There’s still time. T minus 16 days.
Canadian Goose in flight during a winter sunset from the Green Lake boathouse dock – Winter 2013. Photo by Dustin Guy
This post is our 2,002 post since launching Seattle Greenlaker, back on May 11, 2014. These 5+ years have celebrated some of the amazing people, place and events that have made Green Lake beautiful. Because it is Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you to the man on Keen Way who always sweeps the street and walkways clear of all the leaves from all of the neighbors’ trees. To the woman who lives on Stone way, that despite not having children of her own, purchased a sign encouraging people to slow down because kids live here. To the man who sits in the park with a board saying “I desire a conversation” because he wants to connect with his community. To the friendly cashiers at PCC who always make sure my kids have a free fruit. To the roller blading guy who always zips by me with a huge smile. To all of the hardworking businesses that make Green Lake fun to visit. To Leonardo, for his Spanish Lessons.
Here’s a question – when you go out for a nice dinner, do you stay in Green Lake or go to other parts of the city? When my husband and I go out for dinner, without our kiddos in tow, we often leave Green Lake. I don’t know if it has to do with leaving our neighborhood feels like we are getting out of our day-to-day grind, but we don’t often dine here for our date nights. This weekend we did something different. We stayed in Green Lake.
We started at Eight Row (7102 Woodlawn Ave NE), which opened earlier this summer. I had been there a few months ago, but this was a first time for my husband. The thing I really like about this restaurant is everything about it feels special. That has a lot to do with the brothers who own it and have based so much of the look and menu off of their roots and orchard upbringing. The whole restaurant just feels fresh. The staff are each genuinely excited to talk about each dish and know the menu inside and out almost like they were the ones preparing it. Chef Nichols takes such pride in every detail of the restaurant. From the newly redone interior (which was also nominated for one of Seattle Eater’s best designed restaurants of the year) to the jars of pickled veggies that are sitting on the shelves that he has fermenting for a future menu. This past weekend we noticed he had hung persimmons from the ceiling over much of the restaurant that will soon become hoshigaki, a Japanese-style dried fruit. The Dungeness crab salad was amazing as was every dish we tried. Such a gem of a neighborhood restaurant. Not to say that it is a cheap to eat there. It isn’t, but the care that has been put into every dish makes it a fun destination to return to again and again.
After dinner, we headed over to Seattle Public Theater (7312 West Green Lake Dr.) to watch one of the last showings of The Thanksgiving Play. (Don’t fret, the new season of holiday shows just launched.) This was the first time I had been to this theater and I loved how intimate it was. We grabbed a drink on the way in. While standing in line I enjoyed looking at the different outfits of people who were also attending the show. Lots of rain gear (no surprise, Seattle!) some dresses and nice jackets but nothing over the top fancy.
In a funny, very SPT theater experience, the cookie we purchased from the lobby had to be eaten in the foyer, and was not allowed to be taken to our seat. So we split that chocolate chip cookie, pawed it like two hungry squirrels and headed to our seats. Once we got to our seats my husband said he suddenly had remembered going there when he was a kid. And that is part of the charm of the converted bathhouse theater and the performances – they are timeless. The show was great, smart and thoroughly entertaining. It truly lived up to their mission “to produce compelling and socially relevant theater to spark conversation and ignite empathy.” I can’t wait to go again.
It was the perfect Green Lake night and one that can so easily be replicated year round. How lucky we are to live and play here in Green Lake!