Sitka & Spruce's new bar softly opened last night. It sits right across from the Matt Dillon restaurant inside Melrose Market, featuring a full-service cocktail and bar food program. Dillon tells Eater that the bar adds about 18 more seats to the space, with a new menu serving traditional small plates plus ounce pricing for charcuterie, cheese, and cured fish.
Restaurant staff are also running the bar, including chef de cuisine Logan Cox and beverage manager Mat Dann. Cocktails change up seasonally and riff off what's coming out of the kitchen. While you can sit at the bar and order from Sitka's full menu, a new set of snacks and small plates are served via a raw bar and that charcuterie station slicing house-cured meat. Sourdough bread comes straight from Dillon's London Plane in Pioneer Square.
Changes are also coming for Bar Ferd'nand, Dillon's wine bar and bottle shop in Melrose Market. Co-owner Marc Papineau tells Eater he's condensed the bottle shop, which sells wine from small-production bodegas near and far, and added a reservable new back booth, "that can seat six easily, and eight if you're close." Papineau talked about wine and traveling through Europe with Dillon in an Eater feature last October. He also shared and a few details about Ferd'nand's new location opening in Chophouse Row this spring:
This second location will have a bigger food menu with a wood-fired oven. In addition to wine, we'll also serve simple cocktails and cider.