When Dang Nguyen started his weekend brunch regiment of ordering the biscuits and gravy at Geraldine's Counter several years ago, he had no idea he would end up opening a restaurant with Gary Snyder, co-owner of the popular Columbia City brunch spot.
Snyder and Nguyen are joining forces to open Heyday, a gourmet burger bar and neighborhood restaurant. On the corner of Day and 31st, the restaurant joins locals' favorites Repast (next door), recently opened QED Coffee, and A La Bonne Franquette on the same block.
Fans of the now shuttered Dinette will be thrilled to know Melissa Nyffeler, the chef/owner of former restaurant, is creating Heyday's menu. Michael Suzuki, who's worked at a lot of Seattle's well-known stomping grounds such as Flying Fish and I Love Sushi, will be heading up the kitchen, while Deb Jones of Matt's in the Market, Tin Table and Terra Plata, will be leading the charge in the bar.
Menu-wise, these won't be your run-of-the-mill burgers. They will run the gamut from bison to smoky lamb, and vegetarians delight: there will be falafel and a housemade beety bean veggie burger. Also expect hand cut fries, tater tots and onion rings in addition to a variety of salads and crispy chicken wings and other appetizers. To wash it all down, Heyday will have six beers rotating on tap and a killer-sounding summery cocktail menu, including the Alpine Rescue (gin, Genepy de Alpes liqueur, Combier Liqueur d' Orange, fresh lemon) and Heyday Honey Ginger (vodka, #6 Honey Ginger Cider, fresh lime).
What can customers expect from the décor? "We want the restaurant to be welcoming so we're going for a warm modern look. You'll see a combination of walnut, oak and metal," Snyder says.
The opening date is currently scheduled for the end of August, starting with dinner hours from 4 p.m. to close, with the plan to add brunch service in the fall.