Josh Henderson, we're out of ways to say it: you're a machine. Earlier this year, Henderson (Westward, Quality Athletics) announced plans for a boatload of new restaurants through his Huxley Wallace Collective: two Great State Burgers, Saint Helens brasserie-style cafe, Bar Noroeste taqueria, Poulet Galore, and three more still unnamed projects, including the restaurant Henderson himself will be based out of, as well as a small bottle shop, and a nano brewery. Here now, some updates and further details on three of them, including a massive expansion planned for the burger spot.
Great State Burger
Great State Burger will be previewing its fare at the Seattle Street Food Festival next weekend, and again, plans to offer ultra quick service (think Starbucks' Order and Pay app) when it opens in this winter in Ravenna and South Lake Union. Now comes news, however, that along with these first two planned outposts, Huxley Wallace is plotting to open an additional 6 to 8 locations of Great State around the greater Seattle area in 2016. That's right: if all goes as planned, there will be 8 to 10 total locations of Great State Burger within the next eighteen months.
Most of the details for the quick-service cheeseburger shop are the same as when we last spoke: the single and double burgers will come with local, antibiotic-free beef; lettuce; tomato; American cheese; special sauce; and the option to add caramelized onions. Now Eater also learns that crinkle cut fries will be available as well, along with milkshakes, Jones Soda, beer and wine. Great State expects to be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the first outpost is set to open December 15 in Ravenna (3600 NE 45th St) alongside Huxley's Saint Helens. The second Great State will hit South Lake Union with Bar Noroeste in early January.
3600 NE 45th St, Ravenna
Opening date: December 15, alongside the first Great State Burger
From American-style brasserie cafe Saint Helens, expect breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, served family style. A particular highlight will be a partially covered patio just off the Burke Gilman trail, with a fire pit and bike parking. Saint Helens plans to be open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
2021 7th Ave (in the new Amazon building across from FareStart), South Lake Union
Opening date: in early January, alongside the second Great State Burger
Designed as a "a sexy taco bar serving a progressive and edgy style of booze-friendly food," Noroeste will serve lunch, dinner, and late night fare, as well as a vast selection of tequila, beer, and wine. Its hours will be 11 to 2 a.m. daily, and will offer happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Nothing new to report yet on Poulet Galore, or Henderson's three other of-yet-unnamed projects, but stay tuned. Clearly, anything is possible!