Tom Douglas eyeing Ballard

We received an email from Caryn, the owner of Cookies, who says renowned Seattle chef Tom Douglas is looking at opening a restaurant in Ballard.

She says Douglas is looking at the old Via Verde location on Market St. “They are in talks for the space but have not yet come up with a style for the place yet,” says the shop owner. “I have suggested that they do a diner style and their thoughts are possibly for a family style restaurant that you could order an entree, vegetable, etc., just like sitting down at your own dinner table.” We confirmed with Tom Douglas’ marketing department that he is indeed looking at Ballard. We’re told that nothing is signed and things could still fall through. Tom Douglas currently owns Lola, Palace Kitchen, Dahlia Lounge, Dahlia Bakery, Etta’s and his newest spot, Serious Pie. Via Verde was evicted in July after being open a year.

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Freddie
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Freddie

Great to see all these great restaurants coming to Ballard!

Lisa
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Lisa

Love it!

xtevex
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xtevex

Cool that Douglas is eyeing Ballard … Via Verde's location kinda sucks though. Even though it's on Market, very little parking in immediate area & it's not the most high visibility location. Usually Douglas gets the corner spots for most of his restaurants … maybe the old Ballard Camera shop location? the only business still going on that whole block is the Chinese restaurant/dive bar.

elaineinballard
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elaineinballard

Well, there goes the neighborhood ;-)

NoraBell
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NoraBell

(shrug)
Another pricey restaurant.

prudy
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prudy

Ballard needs a diner – definitely!

ZephyrV2
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ZephyrV2

On the other hand, maybe having a Douglas Restaurant on this location will bring in more stuff along this stretch of Market – making it more “high visibility” for all. No doubt that he has the clout to get the word out about a new restaurant no matter the location.

A corner is more ideal, but it would involve more $$ to turn it into a restaurant. And hey! Parking for this location can't be anyworse than trying to find parking in Belltown for a weekend dinner. Fans of his food will bear through it, just as they do for his other locations. But many of us lucky folks will be able to walk there.

foodie77
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foodie77

I've always wanted a Tom Douglas restaurant here in Ballard!! No doubt it will make that part of Ballard a fun place to be and there IS plenty of parking in the back of the building they share with Kinko's.

ninaf
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Excellent… it'll keep the riff raff out!

IntegralPoker
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IntegralPoker

Please, for the love of God, open a proper diner here in Ballard. And please have it stay open late. And please serve breakfast all day.

And you'll have my undying gratitude, and a lot of my business.

gimlet
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gimlet

A diner that is kid-friendly (e.g. a kid menu), brekkie and a and full bar would be awesome (think 5 Spot)! And, BTW, I love Serious Pie. We've had some dangerous outings there where we go to Serious Pie then dart around the corner to Dahlia to enjoy the (gulp) fresh-fried beignets, served loose in a paper bag with fine granulated sugar and apricot jam.

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

Who among you is going to open this mythical diner? there are very good reasons more don't exist and it's not because east coast condo dwellers eat sushi.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Hey, I resemble that remark! That's okay. The riff raff still has Hatties. :-)

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Ditto!!!!!!

NoraBell
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NoraBell

If I could afford to open anything here it would be a diner. There is obviously (from comments here and elsewhere) a command for one. But, I can't afford to open any business in Ballard. I am just riff raff. :-)
But I also can't afford to eat off of a Tom Douglas menu. What would be
nice to have here is some rib stickin' food that will last me the day on a small pocketbook. I can't always make it up to Baranofs.

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

i meant no disrespect towards you or anyone else at all. I'm a big fan of cheap eats and don't regularly spend my dining dollars at big $$ places either. (To be honest, I don't care much for Tom Douglas places outside of goodies from the bakery. I prefer to spend my special occasions at places with a better ROI for me. Mmmm Le Gourmand.)

What particular stick to your ribs type of food and at what price range are you talking about?

ym
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ym

I agree with you that if this sort of place would make money someone would have opened one long ago.

watergirl
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watergirl

You mean, like Hi-Life? ;-)

Shirls
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Shirls

Get a boyfriend, they buy you stuff, like dinner!

NoraBell
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NoraBell

No disrespect taken. I've just got a preference for cooks over chefs. ;-)
Well, sometimes I feel like an omelette for dinner, or just grilled cheese (People's Pub has a good one on the HH menu), a menu where I know what everything is.
That's why I eat off of bar menu's so often. Meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike can find something recognizable to eat that lasts the evening. Otherwise, I'm watching Conan with a pint of Cherry Garcia when I get home.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Only a tiny bit sexist.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

But less expensive and better tasting.

Shirls
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Shirls

I am sexist if it means free dinner.

gordy
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gordy

Oh please!! A walking distance place where you can get a good breakfast before 9am weekdays and reasonably priced diner lunches.

KellieM
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KellieM

Actually- there is a parking lot directly behind this building that is for FedEx and Via Verde customers.