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Thursday, March 20, 2014

#2162 #S1147 - Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge, Seattle - 5/11/2013

Like the "instant dives" that various places are trying to create today, Lost Lake is an attempt to create an instantly old diner, along the lines of the venerable 5 Point, which one of the Lost Lake owners purchased in 2009, with a twist of Twin Peaks style small town mid-century diner. They serve food for 24 hours and booze for almost 24 hours (the lounge closes at 2am and re-opens at 6am). It is owned by Dave Meinert (5 Point) and Jason Lajeunesse (Neumos, Big Mario's), and promises the stiffest drinks on Capitol Hill. As if to get a head start on a dissolute edginess, it was constructed in the former location of a gay bathhouse, and it collected a lot of hype when a self righteous Google Glass user was refused service unless he removed them, commencing an online war of overwrought words.

It is a pretty place -- a bit too pretty and too new to have the sort of soul of the places that served as its models -- but it also fills its chosen niche nicely. Seattle has only a handful of 24-hour restaurants, and it is a near perfect venue and comfort food menu for a stop after closing down some of the bars and clubs on the Capitol Hill. Everything points to financial success and a long, successful run serving local hipsters. But one gets the sense that it will never feel genuine unless it also draws in a small but faithful crowd of grizzled, elderly regulars, like every one of the great old places that it imitates.




1505 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 323-5678
Est. May 8, 2013 - Building constructed: 1910
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: lostlakecafe.com - facebook
Articles ranked: seattletimes - capitolhillseattleseattlemet - thrillist - seattlemag - thestranger - eater - yelp

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