Ballard's newest bar and restaurant, El Borracho, is coming as rapido as the owners can bring it to its Leary Ave. home. Proprietors Kittie Davidovich and Adam Pomerleau signed a lease for their concept's second location back in late August, and while it was originally slated to open in November, Pomerleau tells Eater they're shooting for Monday, February 17 for the big reveal.
While they still have some work to do, they were hard at work sanding the fir bar and were happy to show off the space when Eater stopped by. They're planning to be open 7 days a week from 11 am to 2 am daily, with happy hour featuring $1 tacos from 4 to 7pm and 10 pm to 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Like their Pike Place Market joint, they'll have 16 types of tacos, including beef cheeks, duck carnitas, and lamb, among the usual run of classic meat choices. Beverage-wise they'll have a complete run of Tequila, plus they're setting aside two of their (yet to be installed) taps for Fernet Branca and $4 El Cheapo margaritas.
To put a restaurant in the old Field House retail space, they had to build the kitchen and horseshoe bar from scratch, and Pomerleau showed off the wall they sandblasted to reveal exposed brick. The neon sign is already up and shining, and a mural by local Anchor Tattoo artists is nearly finished. The bar/resto will seat around 50 with a small patio and a garage door that rolls up in warmer weather. The 2100 square foot bar allows kids until 4 pm, but Pomerleau emphasizes that "while we allow kids, we're not kid-friendly." The staff has mainly been hired, though there are still a few positions open for the right, child-ambivalent, taco-loving folks.
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