New restaurant and bar from Odin coming to old Hub-Harmon Tacoma space
Odin Brewing Company is expanding to Tacoma. The Tukwila brewery is opening a second Odin in the former Stadium neighborhood Hub space at 203 Tacoma Ave. S.
UPDATE: Owner Dan Lee announced the brewery and restaurant will open Tuesday, June 23, 2020. He said that they will offer dine-in service at 50 percent capacity in keeping with current Phase 2 dining restrictions. He said they don’t have specific plans for specials, but “We’re going to just see what happens this week to see what this system can do.”
That old Hub space comes with companion upstairs-downstairs spaces. The Hub previously operated at top. The Harmon Taproom at bottom. The Hub opened in 2008 upstairs, with the downstairs Harmon Taproom, from the same owners, following in 2010 with a small on-site brew operation and beer garden.
A PLAN FOR THE WHOLE BUILDING
Odin will operate its own restaurant and taproom upstairs where the Hub used to operate and also plans to use the brew system in the old downstairs Harmon Taproom space.
“Immediately, what you’re struck by is there is a fully functional small brewhouse system already installed there. There’s a beautiful, reasonably laid out restaurant. It’s a great space,” said Odin owner Dan Lee.
A partner business called Pint & Pie will operate downstairs. Northwest Brewing Company owner Greg Steed, who will be opening Pint & Pie, found the Tacoma space. He loved the old Hub-Harmon space, but knew his small operation couldn’t fill the entire 12,000 square-feet upstairs-downstairs spaces. (Read all the details right here about Pint & Pie).
When Steed found that the space was for lease, he reached out to Lee to gauge his interest because he knew the space was too big just for his idea: A taproom for his Northwest Brewing Company and a small menu. The two already had a brewing partnership between their breweries and Steed knew Odin was looking to expand.
“We have been looking for a situation that will help us with our retail,” explained Lee, who founded Odin Brewing 11 years ago. “We’ve been looking for the right location. We were looking everywhere in the greater Seattle-Tacoma metro area.”
Tacoma was on Lee’s radar, but “this was an opportunity that fell into our lap,” he said. “Somebody called somebody and somebody called Greg. He has been wanting to have a real, tangible retail space, but he (Steed) couldn’t take the whole space.”
“It was turnkey, it was like they just closed up and everything was still there,” Lee said.
JUNE 23, 2020 OPENING
UPDATE: Odin Brewing Tacoma opens June 23, 2020.
Lee hopes for a June opening for Odin Tacoma, but they’re waiting to review the timeline for the Phase II (Covid-19) reopening of Washington state. Lee’s maintaining some flexibility for what that opening will look like considering it’s not yet known when in-person dining will resume for local restaurants.
Odin will continue to use the Tukwila location as its primary brewing home going forward after the Tacoma location opens.
ODIN IN TACOMA
When Odin Tacoma does fully open in the near future, it will have a full-service restaurant upstairs with table service, cocktails and a lunch-and-dinner menu. There will be on-site brewing – eventually.
The location’s existing downstairs brew system will be a small-batch operation with 80 to 90 percent of the beer produced there to be served on site, said Lee.
But on-site brewing won’t come until later when licensing for that is approved.
To start, Lee said Odin brews will be shuttled to Tacoma from the Tukwila facility. He’ll have 20 taps with a few handles devoted to guest taps, including a cider and two wines. The rest will be Odin brews. There also will be a cocktail menu.
THE MENU AT ODIN TACOMA
That Wood Stone gas-fired pizza oven that is a central fixture at the entrance of the old Hub space stayed with the building. That huge oven and the pizzas it churns out will anchor Odin’s menu, just like with the Hub’s menu.
“There’s a lot of value in that oven,” said Lee. “It would be crazy for somebody to come in there and rip it out, it’s a great oven.”
In addition to the pizza menu, a menu of casual pub fare is planned. The menu in Tacoma is being built from scratch specific to that location and will have almost no crossover with Tukwila’s Odin.
He described the menu as approachable food that is well executed, but minus the pretense of a wine-and-dine fancy restaurant. “This is not going to surprise anybody. I want to create a sense of real value on the plate and a sense of elevation without being too out of reach or approachable,” said Lee.
“What that means is that when people look at the plate, it won’t feel intimidating.” However, “What I do want people to think after the fact, you could have gone out with your fine clothes and had that same meal at a much more expensive restaurant.”
MORE ON THE MENU
The ingredients look like modern pub components, with a little flair from the Mediterranean. A preliminary menu describes harissa-flavored skewers and a hummus plate. Harissa shows up again as a flavoring in a shrimp-and-polenta entree.
There’s also pub favorites, such as beer battered fish and chips, a club sandwich and a grilled beef tenderloin steak salad fortified by a cilantro gremolata. I spotted at least five vegan/vegetarian-friendly menu items and pizzas also will yield meat or meat-free options. “We will also be using a variety of our own beers in the pizza dough,” added Lee.
Odin Tacoma’s chef is longtime local chef Kristen Lyon, who restaurant watchers will remember from Tacoma’s Smoke + Cedar and she also previously was the chef at the Hub and Harmon Taproom.
Lee said the restaurant would rely on Lyon’s connections in the community and that “as we progress she wants to feature local makers and food companies.”
They already have Tacoma’s Bluebeard Roasters providing coffee to the restaurant. Does that mean breakfast service will be part of the plan? Eventually, but most likely not to start, said Lee.
In keeping with the approachable menu, the dining room setup will be casual. “Tacoma will be table service for the most part,” said Lee. “We will have a take-away section at the front for those who want to grab-and-go prepared sandwiches and meals.”
Kara Stubbs will be the general manager of Odin Tacoma. She’s worked as a manager for Odin in the Tukwila taproom and will continue to do so. Her family lives here, but her previous jobs were in Portland. Stubbs currently is working on the cocktail menu. “We will be stirring up the classics as well as creating house made seasonal shrubs and infusions to pair with our food menu. We will also be adventuring into unique Scandinavian inspired libations like our ‘Bramble Drop,’ which includes fresh berries and aquavit,” she said.
THE ODIN TACOMA SPACE WILL DIFFER
No big changes have been made to the footprint. They’ve cleaned out the restaurant, added some needed kitchen equipment and focused on adding branding and artwork more specific to Odin’s aesthetic.
For those familiar with the Tukwila Odin, Lee said the Tacoma location won’t look much like it.
“We obviously wanted to distinguish from Odin in Tukwila,” he said. “Tacoma is 180 degrees in the opposite direction from Tukwila. I don’t want people to say, ‘I’ve already been to Odin in Tukwila.’ I don’t want them to think it’s the same thing or the two are duplicates of each other.”
Lee pointed out the location differences between the two. Tukwila is in an industrial park. The Tacoma Odin is nestled into a tree-lined retail-residential neighborhood with plenty of foot traffic. It’s on the edge of the Stadium and St. Helens neighborhoods, which both have defined senses-of-place, old buildings and terrific eating destinations.
Doyle’s Public House, Red Star Taco Bar, Stink Cheese + Meat, Puget Sound Pizza, Over The Moon Cafe and Devil’s Reef unfold over several blocks in one direction and Rhein Haus, Art House Cafe, Indo Asian Street Eatery, Moshi Moshi Ramen and Shake Shake Shake unfold over several blocks in the opposite direction.
Added Lee, “The logo looks the same, but that’s it. It’s such a different feel at each with the neighborhoods. It’s really going to be a new experience. The Tacoma location is going to be on its own, a unique and distinct thing.”
ODIN BREWING COMPANY TACOMA
Where: 203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma
Opening: June 23, 2020
What: Serving a lunch-and-dinner menu, plus 20 taps featuring beers from Odin. A full cocktail bar is planned. Brewing will come later, as will brunch service.
READ MORE ABOUT PINT & PIE
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