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Gay Bathhouse Will Become 24-Hour Diner on Hill

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Basic Plumbing
Basic Plumbing
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David Meinert, the indefatigable restaurant and music impresario behind the 5 Point Cafe in Belltown and Big Mario's on E. Pike, is teaming up with the similarly indefatigable Jason Lajeunesse (Capitol Hill Block Party and a partner in Big Mario's) on a new 24-hour diner for Capitol Hill.

The location is the building that currently houses Basic Plumbing, a gay bathhouse on 10th Avenue, around the corner from The Comet tavern and next to Elliott Bay Cafe. "The layout will be very similar to the 5-Point," Meinert tells Eater. "The menu will be the same: big portions, stiff drinks."

Meinert isn't worried about cannibalizing his clientele from Big Mario's, across the street. "Capitol Hill hasn't had a real diner since Ernie Steele's closed. Most of the new spots on Capitol Hill are finer fare, higher prices, smaller portions."

There's no name yet for the project, which will open in Spring 2013, but Meinert knows what he wants to serve. "No pretentious deconstructed anything, just real food for real people, at great prices. And really stiff drinks."

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