Red Mill Burgers eying old Totem House location

We heard the rumor over the weekend, so did the Seattle Times columnist Nancy Leson: Red Mill Burgers is eying the old Totem House location across from the Ballard Locks. Leson confirms that John Shepherd, the owner of Red Mill, and his sister/business partner, Babe, are indeed interested in the location.

“We want to save the Seattle icon,” Shepherd tells Leson. “We want to put in top-quality fish, sell halibut fish n’ chips, add five or six Red Mill signature burgers, Babe’s onion rings and restore all the totem poles and the whole building. It would be an awesome thing to do.”

So far the Shepherds have not heard from the current owner of the Totem House, which closed suddenly at the end of 2010. Red Mill Burgers currently has two other locations in Seattle. One on Phinney Ridge, one in Interbay.

You can read Leson’s entire article here. (Thanks @rainydaygal1 for the Tweet and SeattleRichardson for posting in the forum!)

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Brian Cooley-Gilliom
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yes please!

toe tem
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toe tem

Red Mill makes a decent enough burger, and I’m glad someone is taking over the property, but…

(historic) Seattle icon? This building was a kitchy eyesore the moment it opened in 1939 to sell ‘native american artifacts’ I think this is a great opportunity to bulldoze it, rather than perpetuate our ethnocentricity.

Let’s build something clean and modern, like some of the new attractive condominiums in Ballard.

Mr. President
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Mr. President

OMG, there is a God!

Mr. President
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Mr. President

A politically incorrect building eh?

59thandBlake
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59thandBlake

OOOOMMMMGEEEE!

caffinatorX
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caffinatorX

yay! RM does a good job and what’s more, they’re local and a destination, so they’ll do well in the spot, and I’m glad they’re moving into fish n’ chips and keeping the look/feel of the building. It’s groovy.

toe tem
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toe tem

yes. I suggest they replace it with a kitchy windmill painted red.

Mr. President
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Mr. President

Well I’m Dutch, therefore I’m offended.

Nwcitizen
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Nwcitizen

Great news! Hope they do it.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I hope it all works out for them; wonderful idea of expanding the menu.

Rob
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Rob

Any word of the fate of the local favorite: cajun cod bits?

Alysse M
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Alysse M

chicken verde would be great right there!

Fors43
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Fors43

“I’m Dutch therefore I’m offended” Ha! nice! Keep it as is please and keep rolling

eric
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eric

this would be great, so long as they don’t jack the pricing because of its “tourist” location.

Sp496761
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Sp496761

YES!!! Please, please, please. Red Mill come to Ballard!!!

kim
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kim

forget ray’s and anthony’s! it could be the new prom destination!!!!! this is (hopefully) exciting.

Seriously?
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Seriously?

Ahh, yes. Just slap some corrugated metal on the side and add some signs that say ridiculous things like, “I’m cool, you’re cool, let’s eat here together.” Then voila! The west end of Ballard suffers a fate similar to the rest of it. If you really think the condos in Ballard are attractive, please move back to Belltown (or Bellevue) and take those awful structures with you.

KF
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KF

How about forget Ray’s and Anthony’s, period – yuck!

Sketchygrrl
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Sketchygrrl

That would be so awsome! I would really hate to see some moron devolper buy it and tear it down to build yet another condos with retail, bland boring box type structure that is ruining our city.

thatguyinmagnolia
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thatguyinmagnolia

Red Mill, Home of the Onion Ring Corsage!

Sunset
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Sunset

The new, overpriced concrete eyesores around Ballard??

Sunset
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Sunset

The new, overpriced concrete eyesores around Ballard??

Anon
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Anon

There are already many great burger places in Ballard. Do we really need a lackluster burger moving in? Granted we did lose Lunchbox Laboratory, but Red Mill is just a plain ol’, boring ol’ burger, nothing special about it.

AntiAnon
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AntiAnon

Have you ever had a Red Mill burger? The constant line out-the-door of people at the Phinney location disagrees…

Anon
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Anon

Dick’s has a larger line than Red Mill. Molly Moon’s has a line larger than Red Mill. Large lines don’t mean good food. They just mean that people see a line and think there’s good food in there. Or in Dick’s case, cheap burgers that taste like heaven at 3 AM in the morning.