Restaurateur Marcus Charles (The Crocodile, Local 360 Café & Bar, Mama’s Cantina) has launched his Belltown replacement for Bell and Whete, the European-influenced gastropub that shuttered in December.
After several months of renovations to make room for brewing equipment, the new Belltown Brewing will celebrate its grand opening on March 17. The pub is currently in “soft opening” mode, with “full scale dress rehearsals, open to the public,” running now through the 17th, according to a release.
After a two-and-a-half-year run with Bell and Whete, Charles noticed that the bar aspect was far more successful than the dining room was, so he opted to expand on what worked.
Belltown Brewing will have a full menu offering lunch and dinner. Chef Aaron Barker, the head chef for Charles’s restaurant group, Belltown Hospitality, has developed a menu of classic pub fare like burgers, sandwiches, pastas, and pizzas baked in a refurbished 1970s gas and brick oven. Desserts will come courtesy of Mariana Stepniewski, pastry chef at Local 360.
The brewery is currently operating with two 10-barrel fermenters, with more of various sizes on the way. Heading up beer production is Adam Frantz, whose resume includes time at American Brewing and Mac & Jack’s. Frantz and company have created three flagship beers: Local Lager, Speakeasy IPA, and Watermain Amber. The goal is to offer at least five Belltown Brewing creations at a time, many of them small-batch beers brewed in 1-barrel tanks. For the most part, the beer will be on offer only at Belltown Brewing, though it may make appearances at other Belltown Hospitality establishments like Local 360 and Mama’s Cantina. Rounding out the drink offerings are guest taps and a full cocktail menu.
Bell and Whete "Stein Society" beer club memberships will carry over to the new brewery. Any Bell and Whete gift certificates will be honored at Belltown Brewing.
200 Bell Street, (206) 485-7233, website. Open Sunday to Thursday, noon to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays noon to midnight.