What could potentially be the city's largest happy hour is launching soon at Seattle Center. The conglomerate of 14 vendors known as The Armory are joining forces every third Thursday of the month from 5 - 8 p.m. starting January 17.
"We are going to look at expanding to more Thursdays as me move forward," says the Center's John Merner, who explains that each vendor will have an offering or two (including booze) that will create one overall happy hour menu.
Anchored by Skillet Counter, The Armory also includes Bigfood, Pie, Plum Market and MOD Pizza (you can find an entire list on Seattle Center's website). Merner says Seattle Center will handle all of the additional enhancements, like mini-golf, air hockey and giant Jenga (yes, giant Jenga!). There will also be giveaways, like tickets to the ballet.
Whose idea was all of this?
"It really started with our Director, Robert Nellams, who wanted to bring a new audience to The Armory and to create some offerings for a demographic that isn't often here during the week," says Merner.
Not only will there be discounts on food and booze, there will be discounted parking at the 5th Ave. garage: $2 off. And if you park for less than 90 minutes, you'll only pay a buck.
Merner says The Armory is still growing: "One vendor we're just now starting to shop for, we have a space that includes a full sit-down restaurant with a liquor license and the whole deal. There's probably room for 3-4 smaller carts or booths that we're still looking to add, too."