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Saturday, March 05, 2011

#1349 #S812 - Local 360, Seattle - 1/26/2011

Local 360 is a new place in the old Flying Fish space from Marcus Charles, currently the main owner of JuJu and the Crocodile Cafe, and previous owner of Marcus's Martini Heaven, Bad JuJu, Spitfire, Neumos, and Jack's Roadhouse.  Local 360 is very different from all of those; it is so progressive it uses a ".org" domain name and has a manifesto.

The theme is sustainability, and hence the name, which signifies their goal of getting 90% of their ingredients from within a 360 mile radius of the restaurant.  The actual bar is tiny (3 or 4 seats*, as I recall), and at the times we have visited (this particular visit was the first night they had dinner available), there was not yet a cocktail menu or any particularly interesting featured drinks.  That may well change with their focus on craft, local products, and in the meantime, the food is more than good enough to bring you in.

Historical notes: This location has hosted Seattle bars for over 120 years. The current building was constructed in 1930, but the "C.R. Hammond Saloon" was located at this address by 1890, and the current building hosted the Liberty Tavern from at least the late 1940s into the 1980s. (Before moving here, the Liberty operated in space that was recently "Kelly's" and is now the "Acquabar.") In 1995 Christine Keff turned the space into the Flying Fish, which it remained for 15 years before the Fish relocated to South Lake Union.




Historical notes:  This location has housed bars since the 19th century, including the California Wine House up until prohibition. The current building, constructed in 1930, housed the Liberty Tavern from the 40s into the 80s, and Flying Fish from 1995 through 2010.

*Since this writing the bar has been expanded.


2234 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 441-9360                  
Est. 1/26/2011 Building constructed: 1930
Previous bars in this location:  CR Hammond Saloon, The Lexington, Liberty Tavern, Flying Fish
local360.org - seattle pi - komo - the stranger - yelp

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