White Center’s well-regarded sandwich shop, Brass Knuckle Bistro, is set to close after service on April 27. Owner Case Justham cited personal reasons in a Facebook post announcing the decision. A new restaurateur — whom Justham calls “an iconic local owner” — will take over, opening a new restaurant in the space soon after Justham vacates. Brass Knuckle Bistro will keep regular hours until the 27th, though menu items might run low as things wind down.
Brass Knuckle Bistro (9602 16th SW) opened in 2018 and carved out a name for itself with its from-scratch cooking and exceptional collection of sandwiches. Meat lovers and vegans both feel at home here, thanks to a menu that includes options like the Dixie Mafia, with buttermilk-brined fried chicken and Nashville hot pepper paste, and the Soy Cowboy, featuring ginger-garlic marinated fried tofu, pickled carrots and daikons, vegan chile shallot aioli, and cilantro.
“Closing was not an easy decision, business had been good and getting better, and we’ve had a great time in White Center making delicious food, meeting friendly people, and being part of a fabulous community, but between the fact that I like cooking a whole lot more than I like managing, and some very sudden change in my personal circumstances (I’m going to have to move, twice, ugh), it feels like the best choice,” Justham wrote in his Facebook post.
But the chef isn’t stepping away from the kitchen entirely. Justham also wrote that he may host pop-ups and special events, and he’s working on a cookbook. Eater inquired after additional details, but Justham hadn’t responded by press time.