Many of you noticed that Bandolero in Tangletown closed its doors just a few days ago and left nothing but a short note in the window. Looks like the business has been sold, and new owners will be opening something new and exciting soon. Here’s an email that arrived in my inbox from owner Jay Farias:
Many of you may have already heard that Bandolero has shut it’s doors. Yes, it’s true. We were made an offer last week from an interested party and, after much thought, it was accepted.
Thank you all so much!
The staff at Bandolero and I have enjoyed our time together with you over the past year and a half and will miss your company and friendship. We wish all of you the very best of luck in your future endeavors. The new owners will be bringing a new and unique concept to the Tangletown neighborhood that I know you’ll love. I’ll leave it up to them to fill you in on the details.
We hope to run into you around town some time in the near future. Seattle is a small town, after all. On behalf of the staff at Bandolero and me, we thank you!
Bandolero Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Bandolero Restaurant & Tequila Bar, located at 2253 N 56th Street in Tangletown, will be celebrating their one year anniversary tomorrow, September 1st, beginning at 6pm.
The celebration will involve live music by The Core, who describes their music as “rock, funk, country, blues and dance, new and old…and original songs too.” The Core will begin playing around 9pm.
Bandolero’s patio bar will be open for service, with a full selection of all the featured drinks of the night. One of the featured drinks is their “Deer and a Beer” special – a combo of a shot of Cazadores Blanco and a pint of Dos Equis Lager for $8. You can upgrade to a Reposado combo for $9 or a Anejo combo for $10.
Bandolero’s regular Thursday night special will still be happening, which is the $5 margarita.
Some of my favorite places to eat are celebrating birthdays in the coming weeks – starting with Latona Pub tomorrow, August 18th. Latona Pub is turning a whopping 24 years old (that’s a whole grown-up person!) and manager Elliott Ryan tells me there might just be a special cask or two coming in for the party.
According to Ryan, just some of the beers on tap tomorrow night will be two casks (one from Elysian and one from Black Raven), Schooner Exact Constellation IPA, Black Raven Beaktweeter Citrus IPA, a Naked City CDA (my guess is Black Maria), Bigtime dry hopped Meerkat IPA, and Elliott Bay dry hopped Riot Ale.
They will also have food specials from their chef, Jed. The casks will be tapped at 5pm, and later in the evening they’ll be showing the movie of the making of Constellation IPA. You’ll find me there by 6!
On Thursday, September 1st, Bandolero Restaurant & Tequila Bar in Tangletown turns one. I’ll post more on their celebration a little closer to the time. It’s so good to see our local restaurants doing well, happy birthday to both!
Bandolero and Aha Toro Tequila are teaming up to bring you the first Distiller’s Dinner at Bandolero in Tangletown. The dinner will be Monday, May 23rd at 7pm and will feature multiple food and tequila pairings.
Here’s a sneak peek at the menu:
Reception: Amigo Reposado Margarita, chichorron and guacamole, and tortilla chips and traditional salsa.
Aha Toro Blanco: paired with arcadian greens, ancho chili-rubbed sea scallops, with an apple tequila vinaigrette.
Aha Toro Reposado: paired with corn and spicy adobo-encrusted New York steak, tamale-wrapped seasoned rice, chilled avocado crema, an fresh asparagus.
Aha Toro Anejo: paired with caramelized plantains and Tillamook vanilla ice cream.
Seating for the Distiller’s Dinner is limited to 40, so make your reservation now. The cost to attend is $75 per person.
Despite heavy rain, cloudy days, and some of the lowest temperatures on record, its spring in north Seattle. I know it because I see cherry blossoms and tulips everywhere while I’m shivering in my hooded jacket. And spring means Cinco de Mayo, a celebration that most of us only know of as a day to drink tequila and Coronas (it actually celebrates Mexico’s defeat over France in 1868, and as a born Brit I’ll celebrate anything to do with defeating France).
So, where do you celebrate? I took the guess-work out of it for you and narrowed it down to four recommendations:
The obvious choice is the Green Lake Tacos Guaymas at 6806 East Green Lake Way N. They’re holding their 10th Annual block party celebration which closes down part of the road from 12pm to 2am. There will be plenty of live music and DJs spinning, the Sauza Girls, and contests and prizes. Plus, of course, a full margarita bar. Organizers expect over 3,000 people to attend.
A little ways up the street in Tangletown, find a Cinco celebration at Bandolero (2253 N 56th Street) starting at 12pm. There will be Dos Equis and Aha Toro “representatives”, drink specials, the Aha Toro ice luge, and…wait for it…the beer garden will be open!
Over at The Matador in Ballard, Cinco do Mayo kicks off at 11am. You’ll find music, happy hour specials, and over 100 tequilas. Don’t drink them all at once!
In Phinney Ridge, stop into El Chupacabra at 6711 Greenwood Ave N to enjoy some fun beer and margarita specials. And here’s a bonus for those outside of north Seattle: El Chupacabra just opened their second location along Alki in West Seattle.
Bandolero, located in Tangletown at 2253 N 56th Street, was broken into and robbed early Saturday morning.
The owner says that there was minimal damage, but their entire safe was stolen. They’re looking to the public to help – did you see anything or anyone unusual, or witness any of this happening? If so, please contact Jay at the restaurant at 206-633-5828, and also the local police department with information.
www.Wallyhood.org, a local Wallingford blog, held an open evening tonight at Bandolero in Tangletown for readers and writers alike. Although I technically live in Green Lake, I *did* ask permission to attend as I’m so darn close to Wallingford I like to consider myself having dual citizenship. Of course, Wallyhood whole-heartedly accepted me.
What a great evening! About 20 people showed up from the neighborhood to get to know each other and talk about the town. Some have lived in Wallingford since before I was born, and some just moved here in the past year. It was a great mix of business owners, neighbors, and friends getting together to meet. A huge thank-you goes to Jordan Schwartz, the blog’s founder and head writer, for arranging the whole ordeal.
My favorite thing about the evening was the amount of people who came to Bandolero for the first time and loved it. Owner Jay Farias has worked really hard to bring Bandolero to life with an amazing menu and enormous tequila selection – and despite not being much of a tequila girl, I at least appreciate that Fremont Abominable Ale was on tap! Bandolero donated appetizers to tonight’s event, and server Katie and bartender Ryan were on call for all our needs. Thanks, team!
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that we need more neighborhood events like this. It’s important that we know our neighbors and our community! Thanks again to Jordan for arranging this fun event, and here’s h0ping there’s many more to come.