Last night, The Lo-Down’s Jennifer Strom walked past a sign for Pike Street Fish Fry, reminding us that Ludlow Street is about to get a new restaurant. As you might recall, the owner of this Seattle import went before Community Board 3 during the summer, unsuccessfully arguing for permission to sell beer and wine out of the tiny storefront at 122 Ludlow.
A short time later, Capitol Hill Seattle spoke with Michael Yuasa, the restaurant’s managing partner, who was undeterred. Yuasa said he was willing to go forward without a liquor license or to take his chances with the State Liquor Authority.
On Pike Street Fish Fry’s Facebook page, they’re talking about the restaurant’s New York “build out” and promoting a group art show Friday night at 124 Ludlow, an adjoining space that’s destined to become Caffe Vita, a gourmet coffee shop (also from the Pacific Northwest).
In Seattle, Pike Street Fish Fry offers (surprise) fried and grilled fish entrees, pulled pork sandwiches, french fries and pints of beer. If history is any guide, the SLA will eventually approve the restaurant’s wine/beer license. In the past, the state has tended to sign off on a lot of applications rejected by the community boards, so long as the operators were not asking for a full bar (hard liquor, in addition to beer and wine).