Yesterday gonzo hot dog shop Po Dog announced that its U-District location is morphing into a bar; today owner Laura Olson shares a few more details on what to expect when people go to Detention. When the shop got its full liquor license a month ago, the desire to add a full bar turned into a re-branding plan, she says. But don't worry, the space's signature hot dogs aren't going away completely.
"We'll still have some hot dogs there, but the primary focus will be drinks," says Olson. In addition to a few favorites from the Po Dog days, Detention will have "little snack packs" like chicken strips and fry baskets that harken back to school cafeteria days (well, the pre-Michelle Obama days). The setup will be cafeteria-esque as well; food will come out on red plastic trays.
But unlike most school cafeterias, Detention will have a full bar, a shot list, and a list of cocktails with academia-inspired names like "report card," "teacher's pet," "hall pass" and "permanent record."
Detention will also open a little later, at 3 p.m., and stay open 'til 2 a.m. This Saturday is Po Dog's final day in the space; after that doors will close for a quick reconfiguration, reopening as Detention on Thursday, August 4. Lest you think Olson, a recent Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, has diminished her output of new restaurants and bars, don't forget that new LGBTQ "ultra-lounge" The Social will be opening in September.