[Photo: Hoboken's Pilsener Haus/Rendering: S+H Works/]
Queen Anne Beer Hall & Biergarten is filling the almost 7,000-square-foot building that formerly housed kids clothing company Cotton Caboodle in Lower Queen Anne. Seattle Mag's Julien Perry broke the news, reporting that developer Scott Shapiro initially imagined a marketplace similar to his Melrose Market on Capitol Hill when he purchased the space. After searching for interested restaurants and merchants for a year he found a single occupant to sign on the dotted line: Andrej Ivanov (a founding partner in Brooklyn's Radegast Hall, and co-owner of Pilsener Haus in Hoboken.)
"As soon as I walked in, I knew this was going to be the spot," Ivanov tells Seattle Mag. Ivanov says his East Coast beer halls have been "copycatted everywhere," claiming that he helped to start the beer hall craze back in 2007.
Ivanov mentions Rhein Haus (the Capitol Hall bier hall formerly known as Von Trapp's) and approves, but says that "you can't manufacture the soul of a place," explaining that his "strength" is in creating an authentic aesthetic.
The industrial space will take design cues from European breweries that operated during the first part of the 1900s, with a Northwest-inspired portion of the interior that's a "fusion between west coast climbing traditions and the Alps." Plus, a small patio.
In addition to beer, Ivanov is "obsessed" with food and will present a Northwest menu with nods to classic German cuisine. Queen Anne Beer Hall & Biergarten's doors will open by February of 2015.
· A Massive Beer Hall is Coming to Queen Anne to 'Show Von Trapp's How It's Done' [Seattle Mag]
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