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Young American Ale House to close in coming weeks

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on May 10th, 2017

Restauranteur Maria Hines has come to the difficult decision to close Young American Ale House (1744 NW Market St) for good in the coming weeks. The eatery transitioned from The Golden Beetle in September last year.

Read more details about the closure in Hines’ statement below:

As a restaurateur, there’s always a balancing act in weighing one’s passion as a chef with the reality of operating a successful business. I feel truly fortunate to have so many positive things going on simultaneously.

In this juggling act, and after a lot of patience and hard work, I’ve decided to close my dream pub, Young American Ale House, in the next few weeks in Ballard. I re-concepted Golden Beetle to open Young American Ale House, and with that, had to carry over the debt of Golden Beetle.

Restaurant survival on its own is hard enough and adding the debt on top of that proved too difficult to overcome. I plan to save this great concept for another place at another time and want to thank the wonderful Ballard friends and neighbors we’ve treasured getting to know over the years in that space.

Looking ahead, momentum continues at Tilth (10+ years) and at Agrodolce (5 years this December), both going strong. I’m continuing to advocate on regional food sustainability issues, and entertaining new plans. More exciting news is coming down the road and I’m so grateful for your support!

Guests are encouraged to come in for some of their favorites, including Poutine, Young American Burger, Chicken Pot Pie and signature craft cocktails and local tap beer. Young American Ale House will continue to take reservations for Mother’s Day.

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3 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 AW // May 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I don’t know how crippling the debt but from what I can tell the place failed for other reasons:

    * Alienating a huge portion of your potential customers by virtue of the name.
    * Servers and bar tenders who couldn’t even pretend to care about customers.
    * Mediocre food
    * Poor interior maintenance.

    Good Riddance

  • 2 Profile photo of Laura13 Laura13 // May 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Aloof snobs serving crappy, overpriced food in yet another generic, boring gastroBSpub (that Ballard is already over-saturated with).
    How could that have failed?
    Golden Beetle was overpriced and pretentious too but at least the 40-50 year old crowd went there for date nights and to get wine sloshed.

  • 3 AL // May 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    While I loved Tilth, I agree that the Golden Beetle was a little overpriced for the quality of food and the lack of ambience. My husband and I both thought that Young American Ale was a really bad choice for a name right from the start. And granted it didn’t have a pub feel or personality at all. But Maria tried, and she will succeed hopefully with something else down the road. Wish her the best!

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