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The dining room at HoneyHole in the Central District, with the kitchen to the left, the bar to the right, and a staircase agains a red wall in the middle
HoneyHole’s new location is about three times the size of the original.
Suzi Pratt

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Sandwich Favorite HoneyHole Is About to Open Massive New Central District Location

The East Jefferson Street spot will debut Friday, May 28

After more than two decades, sandwich destination HoneyHole is undergoing big changes. This January, founding brothers Sean and Devon London and co-owner Hannah Roberts sold the place to new owners Kristin and Patrick Rye. Now, for the first time, the restaurant is expanding, and will debut its large new East Jefferson Street location in the Central District Friday, May 27.

The Ryes are doing their best to retain the playful spirit that has made the Capitol Hill version of HoneyHole so popular. On the walls are a selection of vintage movie and rock posters, bird statutes, and a boombox right out of the 80s front and center, with colored lights decorating a bar that wouldn’t seem out of place at a beachside dive. Fans of the old school HoneyHole may also recognize the restaurant’s old sign, which is hanging out front. “We did some basement digging,” Patrick Rye says, noting that there are a few personal touches as well, including bamboo that was grown from the Ryes’ yard and an Amelia Earheart poster as a nod to Kristin’s mom, who’s a pilot.

A closeup of a turkey sandwich, with pesto, smoked gouda, and Mama Lil’s peppers on a demi baguette
The Waverider at HoneyHole, with turkey, pesto, smoked gouda, and Mama Lil’s peppers
HoneyHole [Official Photo]

There’s plenty of room to roam, since the space — formerly occupied by Central Smoke — is nearly three times the size of the original location. The attached patio should be ready for the summer, although it’s empty at the moment (the furniture is still in transit), and there’s room for private dining, plus a kitchen that can handle catering orders.

The food and drink offerings won’t be as dramatic a shift for customers accustomed to the generously portioned sandwiches. Diners will find pretty much the exact same menu at the East Jefferson spot as the one on East Pike, with favorites like the Emilio Pestevez (smoked tomato field roast, pesto, and goat cheese), the Bandit (beef brisket with barbecue sauce, coleslaw, and cheddar cheese), and the Gooch (a hot tri-tip beef monstrosity with au jus) on offer. The Ryes plan to continue HoneyHole’s commitment to local sourcing and sustainable ingredients (Kristin has previously operated a heritage breed chicken farm).

Like the Capitol Hill restaurant, there are a selection of cocktails, too, but the Central District restaurant also has beer on draft (Manny’s and two Seapine choices to start). Once things get ramped up, there should be more activities planned besides lunch and dinner service, as the owners have indicated a desire to host pop-ups, live music, and other community events. When Eater Seattle visited, Patrick was already in the process of setting up the sound system. “My staff said it was way too quiet,” he says.

A lighted chandelier is prominently displayed in a wood-paneled private dining area at HoneyHole.
HoneyHole’s new location has a private dining area.
Suzi Pratt
A view of the bar at HoneyHole, illuminated by colored lights and framed to the left by bamboo plants Suzi Pratt
A poster of David Bowie from the Ziggy Stardust area prominently displayed on a wood-paneled wall, alongside a small shark statue and peacock feathers Suzi Pratt
A staircase in the forefront at HoneyHole, with bamboo in the background Suzi Pratt

Bamboo in the dining room comes from the owners’ backyard.

HoneyHole (Central District)

1305 E Jefferson Street, Seattle, WA 98122 Visit Website

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