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Ballard Neighborhood Pub Crooked Nail Is Closed

Plus Lecosho is shuttered temporarily, Skal Beer Hall will honor Ballard’s Scandinavian roots, and more

Crooked Nail is being replaced by Corner Shot in Ballard.
Crooked Nail/Official

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  • Lecosho, a meaty destination downtown for its late-night and happy-hour chops, is closed this week while a new hood is being installed, according to the general manager. The restaurant reopens for dinner at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 23.
  • Ballard neighborhood pub Crooked Nail is closed after about a year, barely outlasting its predecessor, Chase Lounge, at 1556 NW 56th St. Apparently owner David Shelnut (formerly of Magnolia bar The Nook) died last year and the space has been for sale; according to a liquor license application, the next business moving in is Corner Shot from Kacy Fitch, a founder of Pike Place Market cocktail icon Zig Zag Cafe.
  • This summer, Skal Beer Hall will replace the People’s Pub, which closed last August at 5429 Ballard Ave. Old Ballard Liquor Company founder and chef Lexi is helping Skal owner Adam McQueen honor Ballard’s Scandinavian roots with a Nordic food menu.
  • As Babirusa finalizes its move from Eastlake to Belltown with a projected opening in March, the restaurant is doing a series of events to build steam, including yesterday’s pig roast at neighboring Navy Strength as well as three Debut Dinners this weekend. The company’s Gofundme campaign is also more than two-thirds of the way to a $35,000 goal.
  • Swedish meatballs and vegan hot dogs? Ikea is adding the Veggie Dog to its European menus by the end of August, but it’s not hard to imagine it coming stateside before long.


601 SW 41st St, Renton, WA 98057 (425) 656-2980 Visit Website

Skal Beer Hall

5429 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 Visit Website

Old Ballard Liquor Co.

4421 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 858-8010 Visit Website

Crooked Nail

1556 NW 56th St, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 403-1644 Visit Website


89 University Street, , WA 98101 (206) 623-2101 Visit Website


2319 2nd Avenue, , WA 98121 (206) 329-2744 Visit Website