- Jake Nelson
- The glory that was Brocklind's.
Oh, Brocklind's—we miss you and your tuxedo/wedding gown/prom dress/costume rentals, your gorilla masks and chicken suits and fake mustaches. But you closed, Brocklind's, and we must come to terms with it.
Then we found out that the new establishment at Pike and Summit would be a mystery restaurant and bar, meaning downstairs neighbor Theater Schmeater would need to install an amount of soundproofing that would prohibit any actors over 5' 6" tall, or else Theater Schmeater would have to move. It was just happenstance that Brocklind's hours dovetailed with the theater's; the new place's hours would not. Theater Schmeater is moving.
Now the news about what the restaurant/bar will be: "a grand Roman-style trattoria" brought to you by Quentin Ertel, owner of The Saint and Havana. It does not yet have a name. Ertel says of Theater Schmeater's move: "Of course, I was very sorry to hear that they were leaving." More info on the grand Roman-style trattoria after the jump.
Quentin Ertel, owner of The Saint and Havana is planning a grand Roman-style trattoria for the historic Pike Street building that housed Brocklind’s formal wear until recently. His new project (still in the early stages – so no name yet) will be an all day-affair, serving simple, handcrafted food inspired by Rome and Italy’s Lazio region. The location, which is currently being restored by building owner Hunters Capital, is just the setting Ertel was after.
“The space in the Greenus Building is phenomenal for it,” Ertel says. “It’s perfectly situated, with the (First Covenant) Church to the West. I walked in and thought of Rome.” The building, on the Northeast corner of East Pike Street and Summit Avenue, was purchased by Capitol Hill developer Hunters Capital late last year. They’ve been working to restore the exterior to its original 1920s glory, and sought the perfect mix of local businesses for the neighborhood.
Ertel is eyeing an opening date of mid to late winter, and he plans to begin the build out as soon as Hunters Capital is done restoring the building. The talent portion of this project is still a work in progress – Ertel is still working out his management team and says he’s looking at bringing in a chef from outside Seattle. The new restaurant will occupy roughly 4,000 square feet of space and have seating for about 120.
The menu will focus on traditional Roman cooking, using great ingredients in a simple way. Expect dishes like spaghetti alla carbonara with house-cured guanciale and maiale agrodolce (pork chop with honey, balsamic and rosemary). Ertel is also planning an ambitious bar program with cocktails based around Italian aperitivi and digestivi.
And while the space will be a perfect backdrop for sipping Aperol, Cynar and the like, Ertel says it’s the lovingly restored building and great neighbors in the building that really made the location a perfect fit.
Edie’s Shoes is making a two-block move to the Greenus after being displaced by redevelopment on East Pine Street, and Hunters Capital is working out the details of another retailer, a much-loved, high-end home furnishings store. “I think they are really great local businesses that embody the spirit of Capitol Hill,” Ertel says. “And that’s what it’s all about – the neighborhood.”