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Closed North Seattle Russian Bar Finds New Life After Crowdfunding Campaign

Neighborhood favorite Korochka Tavern plans to re-open early next year in Wallingford

The sign outside Korochka Tavern in Lake City, surrounded by lights and wood trimming.
Korochka Tavern closed this October in Lake City.
Korochka Tavern/Facebook

Some of Seattle’s most popular pelminis will rise again. After closing in October due to lease issues, Lake City’s Russian-leaning bar Korochka Tavern — praised for its pork and beef stuffed dumplings, thoughtfully-crafted cocktails, and retro wallpaper — has now found a new spot in Wallingford at 2317 N 45th Street thanks to a crowdfunding campaign on Go Fund Me. Though the bar only raised around $10,000 of its $30,000 goal, that was enough to move forward with a relocation (and Go Fund Me does not require a campaign to hit a certain number in order to collect).

Korochka had developed a loyal following in the Lake City area over the course of three years, and will end up moving about a 10-minute drive south in a busier area for dining and drinking. One of the bar’s co-owners, Yelizaveta Malinovskaya, tells Eater Seattle that Korochka 2.0 will hopefully open sometime in February, permits pending. “We will have similar food and drinks,” she says. “And new wallpaper!”

It will replace another neighborhood pub favorite, the Grizzled Wizard, which is closing after 10 years at the N 45th Street location. Grizzled Wizard general manager Ed O’Brien posted a gracious announcement on Facebook, thanking his customers and welcoming the new tenants. The bar’s last night of service will be New Year’s Eve.