You'd never know it used to be an auto repair shop. Mezcaleria Oaxaca opened its doors in a 3,000-square-foot space on Pine St. on Tuesday. Owned by the same family who runs its Queen Anne sibling of the same name and La Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard, the Capitol Hill location's menu stars fresh tortillas, homemade guacamole and salsas, and roasted carne, with a drink list featuring mezcals you won't find anywhere else in the U.S.
Graham Baba Architects (Melrose Market, Revel, The Walrus and The Carpenter) and Dovetail General Contractors (Oddfellows, Molly Moon's, Sitka and Spruce) are the team behind the gorgeous project. Spike Mafford's photos fill the walls. (The Capitol Hill-based photographer just renewed a 5-year lease on his studio next to Top Pot on Summit Ave.)
Seating will expand when a new rooftop dining space opens after the weather warms up. Hours are 5 p.m. through midnight on Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. through 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday brunch starts up next weekend, and daily lunch is in the works.
This post has been updated to reflect that Graham Baba worked on the project, not the design.