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The Ridge restaurant opening in old Berserk Games space, next to Ken’s Market

May 23rd, 2011 · Comments

The owners of Prost! and the Nickerson Street Saloon are joining with two others to open The Ridge restaurant at 7217 Greenwood Ave. N., next to Ken’s Market. The Ridge, a family-friendly restaurant, will serve pizza, sandwiches and salads. The Ridge will also have a bar, and will serve beer, wine and liquor. The Ridge will be open for lunch and dinner. They will not offer delivery, but will have take-out.

They hope to open by the end of August.

Chris Navarra owns Seattle German Pubs Inc., which includes Prost! at 7311 Greenwood Ave. N. and four other pubs (Prost! In West Seattle, Prost! in Portland, Feierabend in South Lake Union, and Die Bierstube on Roosevelt).

His co-owners of The Ridge will be Chris Gerke (who has owned the Nickerson Street Saloon on the south side of the Fremont Bridge for 16 years and lives in our neighborhood), Tom Griffith (who owns T.S. McHugh’s and 10 Mercer downtown) and Larry Wikan (a beer distributor who also lives in the neighborhood).

Navarra gave us a sneak peek at the inside of the space, which is currently gutted. The front area will have regular tables and the bar to the left, while the back area will have large family-style tables perfect for a baseball team end-of-year banquet. Also in the back upper area will be the kitchen and some games, such as shuffledboard or old-fashioned video games like Ms. Pac-Man.

The walls will be covered with old neighborhood photos.

“We’re going to be all about the neighborhood. We’re trying to name all the pizzas after neighborhood businesses. The Carmelita is going to be the vegetarian; the True Value will be pepperoni or double pepperoni,” Navarra explained.

He said the restaurant would also like to name pizzas after the Woodland Park Zoo and Fire Station 21, and donate a portion of the proceeds to the zoo’s conservation efforts and a firefighters’ fund.

Navarra and his wife and 2-year-old daughter live in the neighborhood. His family is from Germany, so he was used to being able to take the whole family into a pub while visiting there, and wanted to create the same kind of experience here (hence the recent addition of a railing at Prost! that symbolically separates the bar from the regular tables, so children can now enter that restaurant).

Navarra, who opened Prost! in September 2002, looked at several available spaces in the neighborhood over the last few years, but found the rents too high. He said the old Berserk Games space, at 2,400 square feet, was perfect, and the landlord (the owners of Berserk Games) were very accommodating and happy to find a new tenant without having to actually advertise. (Berserk Games, now called Card Kingdom, moved to Ballard.)

“I’ve had this concept for a pizza place in the neighborhood for a long time,” Navarra said.

While the restaurant will be family-friendly, Navarra envisions it turning into the adult neighborhood hangout later in the evenings.

“After the kids go home, we want to make it a place to come.”

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Comments

  1. Whopper says:

    Family friendly = screamin’ kids.

  2. Cathy says:

    Two questions:

    Will they be open for lunch?

    What special pizza will they name after the Fiber Gallery?

  3. The Other Whopper says:

    Family friendly = (Real life + Regular revenues = Long-time Ridge business)

  4. Doree says:

    Cathy – Yes, The Ridge will be open for lunch and dinner. I updated the post with that information.

  5. Penny says:

    Great news!!! If the pizza is good, and I’m sure the beer will be good, I’ll be a regular customer!

  6. Where's the Beef says:

    There’s no shortage of places without screaming kids for Whopper to eat — but not nearly as many for those of us with kids. So we’ll happily patronize the Ridge and Whopper can go eat elsewhere.

  7. Whopper says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I have kids, they’re just well behaved so we’ve always taken them to grown-up restaurants. But when I hear ‘kid friendly’ I imagine Zeeks, which is little more than a Chuckie Cheeses. It’s why I refuse to take them to any place that bills itself like this; places where parents let their kids behave like the scat-throwing monkeys I see at WPZ.

  8. Neighbor says:

    I have to agree with Whopper on this one. This is a pretty telling quote from the owner: “After the kids go home, we want to make it a place to come.”

    Also: What special pizza will they name after Zeeks, Turnpike Pizza and Veraci?

  9. Whopper says:

    “there’s no shortage of places without screaming kids for Whopper to eat”

    Question is, why are your kids screaming? I was able to take mine into Le Grand Vefour by age 8.

  10. margaret says:

    Chris has done a great job with Prost and I am really looking forward to his new place…kids or no kids!

  11. Lisa says:

    “There’s no shortage of places without screaming kids for Whopper to eat” how about a Whopper pizza full of slugs & snails and puppy dog tails – just so Whopper stops eating screaming kids?!! hee hee!!

  12. JR says:

    “pizza full of slugs & snails and puppy dog tail”

    that does sound like what a troll would eat

  13. Ryan says:

    “The walls will be covered with old neighborhood photos.

    “We’re going to be all about the neighborhood. We’re trying to name all the pizzas after neighborhood businesses. The Carmelita is going to be the vegetarian; the True Value will be pepperoni or double pepperoni,” Navarra explained.”

    This space used to be called Pederson’s Variety (50’s-70’s) and my father and uncle grew up in the back space which used to be residential and there was a soda fountain in the front of the store. Looks like a great project and I’m happy the owners are including a bit of the local history – If you (or anyone else) happens to track down a photo of the old place I’d be very interested. Good luck with the venture.

    Ryan Pederson
    ryanu23@hotmail.com

  14. Trapper says:

    You know, “Whopper”, saying rude, nasty things about Metropolis just shows you for the bigoted, homophobic troll you really are. Terry and Roger are incredibly nice people, that support the neighborhood. I’m sure that whatever pizza is named after Metropolis will be as fabulous as they are. But hey, perhaps they’ll name a recycle bin after you.

  15. Penny says:

    Yea, for the life of me I don’t understand why Zeeks lets the kids run around like they do. I’d go there more often to eat if it wasn’t such a nightmare. Hopefully this place will have the parents keep their kids in check.

  16. tom says:

    I agree penny – it’s really discouraging to see how many parents are so inconsiderate to others….when in any public place kids should be kept in check (unless a playground or park of course!).

    Too bad whopper left such an ignorant post (#15) as now his valid points will be ignored…

  17. leslie says:

    Suggestion:

    How about 21 and over after 7pm?

    I too don’t want to dine and relax in an environment where parents have zero control of their kids. Gosh these parents are rude to allow it!

    74th alehouse always nice (21 and over).

  18. Doree says:

    I’ve deleted Whopper’s comment (#14) for violating the rules.

  19. Whopper says:

    Whopper agrees, he’s been a bad boy.

  20. anotherneighbor says:

    …and the “Georgia’s” can have feta cheese and olives on it?

    …and the “Space Supply Company” can have pesto sauce (to be weird and “alien”) ?

  21. W. F. says:

    Old photos of the neighborhood is all well and good but why not leave some space for local artists to hang their work. Be part of the neighborhood artwalk.

  22. jensan says:

    What happened to Berserk?