[Photo: S. Pratt]
Brunswick & Hunt opens this evening on a quiet block in Ballard that's home to Delancey, Essex, and Honoré. The "farm to neighborhood" concept comes from brothers Barry Rogel (DeLuxe Bar & Grill) and Scott Rogel (The Athenian.)
Quick history lesson and the meaning behind the name: The back and front bar was built by Brunswick Balke Collander between 1894 and 1902. The oversized landscape painting called "The Hunt" sat across the room from the bar in a tavern in Winlock, WA, for about 100 years. The restoration of the bar and painting began in 2012, and they were installed in the space earlier this year.
Brunswick & Hunt's menu is split into veg-centric starters (baby carrots, spring onions with Hannah cheese and leek ash vinaigrette) and shared plates (hearth baked flatbread with duck rillette.) Mains fall in the $14 to $28 range, including familiar dishes like Alaskan halibut, roasted chicken, and scallops. Plus, a signature Brunswick Stew with braised elk, rabbit, pork, and roasted potatoes.
Rogel says he's planning to open the doors for bar service today at 4 p.m., with dinner starting up at 5 p.m.