High fives all around in Mount Baker today as Heyday opens its doors at 4 p.m. The new burger restaurant located on the corner of Day and 31st joins locals' favorites Repast (next door), recently opened QED Coffee, and A La Bonne Franquette on the same block.
As evident in the photos above, the interior, developed by Graham Baba, has a wow factor with its floor-to-ceiling windows, light wood, blue patterning, and chic lights. In particular, the slotted wood ceilings and concrete floors give off a vibe both sleek and Zen, while the custom-made art wall makes the whole place cozy and approachable. It all gives the space a "warm, modern look," as co-owner Gary Snyder puts it.
Eater attended Tuesday's soft opening and found hits in the chicken wings with scallions, cilantro, fresno chiles and honey nuoc cham (sold out), and the Saigon burger: 1/3 pound beef, pork and shrimp patty with Napa cabbage, fresh mint & cilantro, pickled daikon, carrots and Sriracha aioli. Our favorite was the Beety Bean (a house made veggie patty with a blend of beets, beans, mushrooms, nuts & brown rice) and the bison burger.
Most of the burgers come with a side of pickles, hot peppers and collard greens. At the soft opening, people loved the collards so much, they were pressing the Heyday team to put them on the menu as a side item.
Fans of the now shuttered Dinette will be thrilled to know Melissa Nyffeler, the chef/owner of former restaurant, has created the spectacular menu for Heyday. Deb Jones of Matt's in the Market, Tin Table and Terra Plata, is leading the charge in the bar.
Regular hours for Heyday will be Tuesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Peruse what's expected to be the basic opening menu below, though a few small changes may be in store. And tip: Make room for a sundae at Heyday, and when asked if you want it with chocolate sauce or caramel sauce, duh, you go for both.