July 6 marks a new chapter for 27-year-old Pike Brewing Company, which opens its Tankard and Tun restaurant expansion tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Eater stopped by to preview the new street-level add-on, which is segmented into multiple sections at various heights in a similar fashion as the original brewpub downstairs. An oyster bar and dining room share about 50 seats and have a window looking into the kitchen, above which there’s a private events mezzanine and mixed-use space. A small lounge near the brew deck seats 36.
In addition, six new fermentation tanks have been added to increase the brewery’s production capacity, and glass walls throughout allow diners and passersby the ability to spy on the brewers at work.
The design, with its solid wood beams salvaged from a 1930s-era building in the Bremerton Naval Yard, evokes Seattle’s maritime history. The space’s mezzanine uses reclaimed steel railings from Doc Maynard’s Public House.
Pieces from founder Charles Finkel’s collection of traditional tankards — a type of beer-drinking vessel — are on display. The second half of the name refers to the mash tun brewing vessels on display from the dining room and brew deck.
The food is overseen by chef Gabe Spiel, who’s cooking a more high-brow, seasonal selection than the casual pub fare available downstairs. Spiel is highlighting local seafood and partnering with Foraged and Found Edibles to offer all manner of woodsy oddities, including devil’s club at a preview dinner months ago.
Here’s a look at the opening menu, where each dish recommends a paired beer:
1415 First Avenue, (206) 812-6619, website. Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to midnight.