Update, 5/6/16: Co-owner Colleen Wilkie tells Eater that Shug's will open officially at 5 p.m. today. "I'm thrilled to be in the market," she says, striking "a good balance" between old school and new by refining classic recipes in a modern space. The liqueurs aren't in yet, so ice cream cocktails are on the back burner for now, but champagne floats with sorbet and beer floats are available, as is champagne by the glass.
If you were the kind of Archie Comics reader who fantasized about becoming a regular at Pop Tate's Chok'lit Shoppe, shooting the breeze with the gang and nursing an egg cream at your favorite barstool, you're going to love Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream. Announced last fall and opening today in Pike Place Market — next door to recent addition Old Stove Brewing Company — Shug's is a retro dream featuring a restored soda fountain from the 1930s.
Coca-Cola Freestyle, this ain't, kids — an old school soda fountain requires someone called a "soda jerk" to mix flavored syrups with fizzy water. What's old is new again.
In charge are couple Paul Dormann (a partner of Tillikum Place Cafe) and Colleen Wilkie. Along with a handful of sandwiches and soups, they're carrying Lopez Island Creamery ice cream, which can be ordered in many fun forms: scooped into a fresh waffle cone, heaped into a sundae, sandwiched between two cookies from nearby Three Girls Bakery, splashed into a root beer float, or even mixed in with some cocktails. Oh no, you didn't think this would be solely kid-friendly, did you?
There's even a walk-up window looking onto First Ave for sweet treats and coffee to go, though you'll have to dine in if you want to partake of the alcoholic options, including beer, wine, bubbly, and those aforementioned mixed drinks. Take a nostalgic trip this weekend.
1525 1st Ave, website. Open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.