Here’s a mid-summer destination to look forward to. After months of preparation, Harry’s Fine Foods — the much-lauded, farm-to-table cafe in Capitol Hill — is approaching an opening date for its Alki Beach offshoot, Harry’s Beach House at 2676 Alki Avenue SW. Owner Julian Hagood tells Eater Seattle that, pending inspections and other final details, the new spot should hopefully be ready by mid-August. Fans of Harry’s Fine Foods since it opened in 2016 should expect the same welcoming neighborhood ethos and creative American bistro dishes with locally-sourced ingredients.
Some staples of the Capitol Hill location (such as the popular grilled cheese and burgers) will make the trip out to West Seattle, with items that rotate seasonally. Hagood says he’s bringing in LA chef Wesley Barden — who once worked at Silver Lake brunch icon Barbrix and Venice’s Dudley Market — to develop the full menu. On the drinks side, there will be beer, natural wine selections, and a similar cocktail list to Harry’s Fine Foods, with a beachier vibe, naturally.
There will also be more room to roam: Harry’s Beach House will have about 1,600 square feet of space, versus about 980 in Capitol Hill, including a bigger kitchen, which will allow Harry’s to spread its wings a bit. But even with the extra square footage, Hagood says the vibe in the new place will be cozy, with vintage design elements and some mid-century touches in keeping with the beachside neighborhood.