Several Openings and Closures In Green Lake

January 21, 2020 3:03pm
The Wick is anticipated to open in Green Lake in February 2020. Photo via Instagram

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.