The Ridgeback Cafe on 65th street between Phinney Ridge and Ballard had its grand opening this evening, February 26th, although they’ve been “unofficially” open for a couple of months now.
The restaurant, which specializes in crepes, became standing room only as the neighbors flooded in for the live music, free appetizers and more. And it was one happy family as most of the tables were pushed together to create one long table for everyone to sit at.
Two bands played – the first, a duo playing old-fashioned bluegrass. The second, playing indie-rock-pop music like Radiohead’s Karma Police.
The new Cougar Mountain Brewing Company brought two beers which were wildly popular: Gus Chocolate Stout, which I sampled and found to be delicious, and Cardamon Wheat with a crisp citrus finish.
Owner Justin Taft was behind the bar, furiously fixing up crepes with his staff and serving them up with a smile (Everyone looked so calm!). I tried something from the non-crepe side of the menu: the mac ‘n cheese, a terrific plate for those of us with smaller stomachs.
I interviewed Taft, who also owns The Hangar Cafe in Georgetown, a few weeks ago. You can read more about his story of opening The Ridgeback and his vision for the neighborhood here.