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Ballard’s Nearly Century-Old Stalwart the Lockspot Cafe Is Up for Sale

Plus, Capitol Hill bar CC’s now requires proof of vaccination for entry, and Magnolia will soon get a barbershop that serves beer

The exterior of the Lockspot Cafe in Ballard, with a blue awning and the restaurant’s red sign out front
The Lockspot Cafe, known for its fish and chips, has served customers near the Ballard Locks for around 100 years.
The Lockspot Cafe/Facebook

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Ballard’s Century-Old Stalwart the Lockspot Cafe Is Up for Sale

One longtime Ballard mainstay is officially on the market. The Lockspot Cafe, a divey seafood-focused tavern that dates back almost 100 years, is on the hunt for new ownership. Over its time near the Ballard Locks, the divey destination has been known as a reliable place to get great fish and chips, and gained some acclaim after it appeared on the popular Discovery Channel show the “Deadliest Catch” as a sea captain favorite (it’s also hosted local luminaries, such as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll). After working at the cafe for more than two decades, current owner Pam Hanson is ready to turn over the reins, passing along the lease to new stewards whom she hopes will have a respect for its history. “If I had my choice, I’d love to pick somebody to take over, because I’ve seen myself as kind of a caretaker,” Hanson said in a recent YouTube video. In the meantime, the cafe is still open for takeout and limited dine-in.

Capitol Hill Bar CC’s Requires Proof of Vaccination for Entry

After weeks of mixed messages on indoor masking from government officials, several restaurants and bars in Seattle are deciding to play things safe. Capitol Hill bar CC Attle’s (also known as CC’s) recently announced on Facebook that it now requires proof of COVID vaccination for guests to enter, via either a copy of one’s vaccination card or a photo on a phone. Other restaurants, including Philippine restaurant Archipelago in Hillman City and Addo in Ballard, have instituted similar requirements for in-person dining. These decisions come not long after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said people who are fully vaccinated could take off their masks in most indoor settings, such as restaurants. King County’s health department then pushed back on the CDC policy, issuing a stricter directive May 20 that advised everyone — fully vaccinated or not — to wear masks indoors. That directive is not legally binding, though, leaving individual businesses mainly on their own to decide how to handle people dining inside.

Magnolia Will Soon Get a Barbershop That Serves Beer

Those who want a buzz with their haircut will want to keep an eye on a new project coming to Magnolia. Professional barber Cameron Dean is planning to open a bar-salon hybrid called the Bottle and the Barber at 3407 W. McGraw Street at Magnolia Village, by mid-summer. At first, the offerings — focused on Pacific Northwest beer and ciders — will be mainly out of coolers near the barber chairs, but eventually it will serve drafts onsite in addition to retail. “You can come in for a haircut at the barbershop and if you see a beer you would like to purchase to take home with you, go for it,” says Dean, who has managed taprooms and two beer-focused restaurants in San Diego. He currently has a GoFundMe campaign going to help with final costs, raising $6,625 out of a $25,000 goal so far.