Bitterroot BBQ is closing after a decade in Ballard

The owners of Bitterroot have announced they’re closing their Ballard Aver restaurant at the end of September.

Grant and Hannah Carter opened Bitterroot in 2012 in the former ACME Rubber Stamp space on the corner of Ballard Ave and NW Vernon Place. It’s been a staple for barbecue and bourbon lovers in Ballard.

Now, the Carters say they plan to focus their energy on a new venture called Mammoth, which will open across the street from the Seattle Center. Mammoth Sandwich—Bitterroot’s former sister restaurant in Eastlake—joined forces with Bitterroot in 2020, serving their signature sandwiches for lunch.

“While we say goodbye to Bitterroot, we eagerly anticipate the fresh opportunities that lie ahead,” they shared with My Ballard.

“Before we bid farewell, we invite you to join us in celebrating this last month of Bitterroot. Let’s come together to cherish the memories, stories, and friendships that have been nurtured here. It’s a chance to raise our glasses high and toast to the wonderful times we’ve shared.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of our journey. Your support has meant everything to us, and the memories we’ve created together will be cherished forever.”

Photo: Bitterroot