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Acclaimed Bainbridge Island Chef Expands His Empire With an All-Day Cafe

Brendan McGill opens Bar Hitchcock, serving sherry cocktails, sandwiches, and shellfish adjacent to Hitchcock Deli on Friday

Bar Hitchcock opens on Bainbridge Island this week.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

Acclaimed chef Brendan McGill will add a new member to his excellent empire this week with the addition of Bar Hitchcock on Bainbridge Island. The all-day cafe opens on Friday morning with dishes like shakshuka, avocado toast with fermented chiles, and a lox plate, before transitioning to lunch with a pulled pork sandwich, sardine tartine, harissa lentils, and beet hummus. The business will also serve light dinners until 10 p.m., with a menu of baked oysters, charcuterie, fish sauce chicken wings, and steamed mussels.

McGill, whose high-end flagship restaurant Hitchcock is a longstanding member of the Eater 38, announced in October he had taken over the space next door to his Hitchcock Deli sandwich shop. McGill also owns Bainbridge’s Bruciato pizzeria and the mainland’s Cafe Hitchcock and Cafe Hitchcock Express. He recently sold Hitchcock Deli in Georgetown to his general manager John Richards, who is changing the business to Georgetown Deli and Market.

Bar Hitchcock, at 123 Winslow Way E, was designed by Les Eerkes of Eerkes Architects. It has seating for 50, a 30-foot bar, and a communal table in a lounge area. The decor skews minimalist and midcentury modern, with wood, brass, and steel elements made by island artists. There’s also a large painting by local artist Meghann Riepenhoff.

In keeping with the “bar” aspect of the venture, McGill is bringing on Erik Hakkinen, whose resume includes time behind the bar at downtown’s beloved Zig Zag Cafe, to create straightforward cocktails like martinis and Negronis as well as lower-proof drinks with sherry and vermouth. Local beer, wine, and cider will also feature on the menu.

Hitchcock Deli

6003 12th Avenue South, , WA 98108 (206) 582-2796 Visit Website

Cafe Hitchcock Express

821 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA

Cafe Hitchcock

818 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 467-5078 Visit Website

Bar Hitchcock

123 Winslow Way E, ,


133 Winslow Way East, , WA 98110 (206) 201-3789 Visit Website


236 Winslow Way East, , WA 98110 (206) 201-3462 Visit Website

Zig Zag Cafe

1501 Western Avenue, , WA 98101 (206) 625-1146 Visit Website