The team behind Belltown's Rocco's has quietly set up shop with a new project on Capitol Hill: Herb & Bitter Public House. Owner Jesus Escobar will focus on Spanish-style plates and amaro-filled cocktails at 516 Broadway E (formerly a Than Brothers pho shop).
Per Seattle Met: "As the name implies, cocktails here will rely heavily on the bitter charms of amaro, Italy's signature herbal liqueur. The plural is amari, and plurality definitely applies to the vast shelves behind the bar, crammed with just about every iteration bar manager Leroy Thomas could find: gentle versions and bracing ones; even variants made in Chicago and Argentina."
Not into amaro? Twenty beer taps, many with not-so-common brews, and eight spirits served straight from the barrel they were aged in will also be present. On the food front, expect a range of shareable tapas, raciones, entrees and desserts from chef Alex Golden (Bar del Corso), including "charcuterie, cheese, housemade sausages and croquetas and preserved (smoked, cured, pickled, etc.) fish, meat, and vegetables," Met reports.
Décor-wise, the ample reclaimed wood lends to a "rustic library vibe," and super bonus: there is a 1,000-square-foot patio out back with a retractable glass roof. Welcome, summer. Herb & Bitter is expected to start quietly serving drinks tomorrow.