Ba Bar officially opens tonight, continuing the southward march of destination bars and restaurants on 12th Avenue. Owner Eric Banh does thoughtful, upscale Vietnamese at his Monsoon locations, and crazy good sandwiches at Baguette Box; Ba Bar's "street food and cold drink" concept combines some elements of both, but is something altogether different.
Dinner service starts today, and lunch service will likely start over the weekend. But when it hits its stride, the industrial, reclaimed-ish space will fire up in the morning for coffee and baked goods, and stay open until late at night. In addition to noodle soups, cold noodle dishes and broken rice (aka congee), the menu includes small plates such as mung bean dumplings and pork wrapped in cabbage, that mostly ring in around $9. Josh Hart from Monsoon is heading up the kitchen.
Then there's the small matter of the bar. Bar manager Danny Jeffers came from San Francisco (reportedly from well-regarded Bar Agricole, but what's up with the comment at the bottom of this article?).
Having Jeffers manning the towering brown wooden bar at the back of the restaurant pretty much guarantees a nighttime cocktail crowd. He has already begun filling its many shelves with some favorites. He tells Jess Voelker that the bar stocks "175 types of bourbon alone." All those drinks will come in handy when the karaoke machine fires up at night.
· Daniel Jeffers Promises Abundance and Excellence at Ba Bar [Seattle Met]
· All Previous Ba Bar Coverage on Eater Seattle [-ESEA-]