Callings itself "a very good cafe and bottle shop in Ballard", this new venue will celebrate its grand opening tonight. Next door to Tigertail, the Dray has been open since Saturday night. Tonight, they make it official.
Jamie Butler, who runs the place with Travis Eaton, told me about their new place.
We're modeling the place after a European cafe. We'll open at 9 a.m., and we'll be open to families all day. After 9 p.m. It'll be more of an adult place. It's a cozy space, with a woody interior.
It's coffee, sandwiches, and beer. Stumptown coffee. Really good coffee. We'll offer a simple fresh eats style menu: five sandwiches. Local, organic as much as we can.
I'm a huge soccer fan, so we'll be showing all the games. They play early. People can come in and watch anytime, and they don't have to feel like they have to booze it up.
I'm interested in craft beer. We'll have a really good beer: local beers, but also a good selection of international beers, hard to find stuff. We'll rotate the taps and the sandwiches. I want people to come in and find a new thing every time.
The opening is tonight (Friday, April 11) beginning at 8 p.m.