Just two days off its previously scheduled launch date, globally-focused Outlier opened today next to downtown's Hotel Monaco.
The restaurant replaces the New Orleans-themed Sazerac, which shuttered after New Year's Day for a rebranding. And the revamp looks nothing like the original, with retro and grunge inspiration, a wall-sized mural made of Fremont Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, and Rainier cans that reads "12," warehouse windows, and metalwork. There's also a new 45-seat patio that endeavors to be open all seasons, with fire pits, heaters, and a retractable awning.
Gone is the menu's New Orleans focus, too; the food now draws inspiration from a range of regions. Plates like beet-cured wild salmon, potato pierogis with braised pork sugo, brick-oven pizzas, and whole rockfish bo ssam are intended to be shared. Booze remains a big focus, with cocktails, local beer, and Pacific Northwest wine. The cocktail menu promises to be ever-changing, with in-house crafted syrups, tinctures, and tonics.
1101 4th Ave, (206) 624-7755, website. Open daily with breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., happy hour 2 to 6 p.m., and dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Bar open 'til midnight daily.