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Golden Beetle set to transition into new gastropub

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on September 8th, 2016

Owner Maria Hines announced the news this week that popular Ballard eatery Golden Beetle will soon transition into a New American gastropub, the Young American Ale House.

The gastropub will open in the current Golden Beetle space (at 1744 NW Market St) and will focus on a menu of American classics with a twist, a wide selection of draught beers, and craft cocktails.

Golden Beetle will continue service through October 22, closing for one week for the final remodel and reopening as Young American Ale House October 28.

“We are excited about the change to Young American Ale House. Golden Beetle is a concept that did well for five years, but I’m really looking forward to offering delicious American classics with a twist for the growing Ballard neighborhood and Seattle area. It’s an idea I’ve had for awhile and I’m thrilled to put it in motion,” says Hines.

The space is set to transform into a casual, comfortable gastropyb with reclaimed wood walls and custom made booths with a light grey color scheme. The dining room and bar will seat 75, with outdoor dining for 10.

Hines and her team are currently working on the new menu which is set to include delicacies such as an organic grass fed beef burger, smoked pork shoulder, crispy chicken wing confit, albacore tuna slider and Washington clam chowder.

Certified organic by Oregon Tilth, the restaurant will utilize ingredients from local farmers including Skagit River Ranch, St. Jude Vessel, Alvarez Farms and others that have been longtime partners of Hines.

In terms of drinks, local beers will be featured on the 12 beer taps, including seasonal offerings from Hilliard’s Beer and Fremont Brewing.

Starting from October 28,  Young American Ale House will open for dinner Sunday – Thursday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. with a daily happy hour 4-6 p.m.

Weekend brunch, slated to start in December, will be offered 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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31 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Truth // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:30 am

    RIP Golden Beatle, you will surely be missed. This new place sounds like a fancy Red Robin, an overdone concept these days.

  • 2 David Bowie's ghost // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:57 am

    If anyone was wondering– Yes, I am rolling over in my grave

  • 3 steve treadway // Sep 9, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Glad they are planning to have reclaimed wood and burgers. so original.

  • 4 Robert // Sep 9, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I seriously doubt that they will be offering anything seasonal from Hilliards seeing as the brewery closed and anything seasonal they might have had left in their inventory is probably going to be undrinkable by the time the new place opens.

  • 5 ? // Sep 9, 2016 at 10:21 am

    They had a somewhat original menu for Ballard… sure there are other places that served similar food, but now they are going against a plethora of places with the exact same décor style and very similar menu.

    If there business was slowing they should recognize that it was probably due to more restaurant choices in the area. Going to the Gastro-Pub concept (even if the food is amazing and I’m sure it will be) is a very risky move in my opinion. Too much competition in the downtown Ballard core-

  • 6 DrallaB // Sep 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Anyone know whats up with the Our Seattle location ? Looks like they’re packing up….

  • 7 Common Sense // Sep 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Just more of the same……not a good move in my opinion.

  • 8 Scrambled Egg // Sep 9, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Will the waiters have beards and tattoos?

  • 9 skipoar // Sep 9, 2016 at 11:25 am


    Hilliard’s the brewery closed, Hilliard’s the brand lives on. Odin took over the brewing of the beer, so seasonals will still be there. However, they are now brewed in Tukwila, not Ballard, so this place might want to consider something more local.

  • 10 Scrambled Egg // Sep 9, 2016 at 11:50 am

    ” so this place might want to consider something more local.”

    No doubt. Tukwila? Might as well be from Botswana.

  • 11 Profile photo of Ballard Skandahoovian Ballard Skandahoovian // Sep 9, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Yup, Hilliard’s isn’t remotely local anymore. And Fremont is about a dozen “local” breweries away, too. Gonna miss Golden Beetle, though. Not sure I need another gastropub option in Ballard.

  • 12 TheGhostofBallardPast // Sep 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Sounds like Epcot Center’s version of Ballard. Perfect for all the Amazon bros (and the handful of women who love/like/drink with them) to walk to from their shiny new Barbie townhomes.

  • 13 I'm not from Cali // Sep 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    WTF is a gastropod?

  • 14 Gastro Gnome // Sep 9, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Sad. I like the place and value it because it produces good and interesting food, not churning out more-of-same.

    Ms Hines must have hired a consultant who probably overcharged her for generic advice. Alas.

  • 15 Proofread Much // Sep 9, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    So glad to see it won’t be just another GASTROPUB as it is going to be even better, a GASTROPYB !!!

    “The space is set to transform into a casual, comfortable gastropyb with reclaimed wood walls and custom made booths with a light grey color scheme.”

  • 16 Truth // Sep 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    @DrallaB: Doesn’t surprise me. Never saw a single customer in that place and the worker(s) always looked extremely bored. Even the densest people in Ballard realized that it was an international liquor conglomerate posing as a local distiller (did they even distill there?) and avoided it for actual local places.

  • 17 Gastro Gnome // Sep 9, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    @Truth — You’re talking about Hilliard’s, right?
    The observation wouldn’t apply to the Golden Beetle, the topic of this thread. I’ve never seen it empty like that.

  • 18 lem // Sep 10, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Bummed to say the least. As y’all already said, Golden Beetle served different food than most other Ballard places and did so very well. I enjoyed the cocktails too.

    I believe Truth is talking about “Our Seattle,” the weird distillery place.

  • 19 Truth // Sep 10, 2016 at 9:14 am

    @Gastro Gnome: If you look at DrallaB’s post, they are talking about Our Seattle, over on 20th and Market. A failed experiment by international liquor conglomerate Pernod Ricard to try to pretend to be one off local distilleries.

  • 20 DrallaB // Sep 10, 2016 at 9:32 am

    @T true that!! Seems like they worked on the building, longer than it was open.

  • 21 Dan F. // Sep 10, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I’m not surprised. I love the style of food the Golden Beetle was going for, and Maria Hines’ other restaurants are consistently great, but I tried it half a dozen times and while it was never bad, it just wasn’t memorable, interesting, or particularly good. At best, the food was about as good as you’d get at a various Lebanese hole-in-the-wall places that cost half as much, or less.

    Boo to all the negative nellies ripping on this place before they’ve had a chance to try it. While it’s a similar format to some other new locations in the area, it’ll still be a welcome addition to the neighborhood if the food is high quality.

  • 22 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Sep 10, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Too bad about The Matador’s ecoli problem.

  • 23 Truth // Sep 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Matador went downhill when the started expanding around the nation. They’ve been having health department issues for awhile.

  • 24 Robin // Sep 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    @23 syphillis?

  • 25 Biff Sparky // Sep 11, 2016 at 7:17 am

    For Gawds sakes, does anybody cook at home at all any longer? Perhaps owning and opening your own place would make some here think twice about leaving snarky comments. Or not.

  • 26 Truth // Sep 11, 2016 at 9:09 am

    @Biff: A lot of advice coming from the king of snarky comments. If you’re going to open a restaurant, you’d better be able to deal with criticism (founded or unfounded), otherwise you’ll go crazy pretty quick.

  • 27 Ballardite // Sep 11, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Are they going to install big screen TV’s as well?

    So long GB. We won’t be back.

  • 28 Vistor // Sep 11, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Dan F. summed up GB perfectly – unremarkable. I’m happy for the change and hope for the best with the new establishment. I’ve been going to Matador since it opened. Food was really good the first couple of years but I quit eating there a few years back. You could tell the quality went downhill as soon as they started expanding.

  • 29 Observant // Sep 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Restaurant serving Middle Eastern Restaurant switches to classic American fare.
    Sign of the times?

  • 30 LostinTime // Sep 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Young American Ale House? Are they going to have an upper age limit for who they let in?

  • 31 Buff Malarkey // Sep 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm


    How about that! A human heart DOES beat inside that crusty shell of yours.

    You’re demoted. Prince of Snark, at best.

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