Young American Ale House to close in coming weeks

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.

Golden Beetle set to transition into new gastropub

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.