Last month, we broke news that the Scarlet Tree, one of the most intriguing Jekyll & Hyde establishments in Seattle history, was set to reopen at a location not far from its original building, which was ruined in a 2005 fire. This week, we reached the co-owner, Rob Lowe (no relation to the actor, pictured at left), who said that while the new Tree won't look much like the old Tree, the smokin' R&B/delicious scone formula that appealed to such a wide swath of Seattleites will remain intact.
More of what Lowe had to say about his new-old place, which should open sometime this fall, can be found after the jump/below:
"We don't, as of yet, have an exact opening date -- we're hoping for 6-8 weeks. We're definitely striving to keep many of the same chameleon-like charms of the past Tree. As you already know and wrote about, The Scarlet Tree has a rich history in the Roosevelt/Ravenna neighborhood, and we'd hope to pick up where we left off in many ways, while also hoping to draw in some new faces as well. We do plan on bringing the breakfast back (scones of course!) Fri, Sat, & Sun to start, and we'll also have the live music (maybe 3-4 nights) -- and of course the same good drinks for the night crowd.
We really like the new location. It's close to the previous spot, and it's a bit closer to the Green Lake and Latona areas as well. If possible, we'd like to tap into the happy hour crowd a bit, so if we can create some great happy hour specials, and a smart ambiance with good energy, maybe we can draw from the surrounding neighborhoods and build that as well. The parking across the street is unlimited for the most part, so parking should not ever be an issue.
The space is new construction, and due to the layout of the space will look quite a bit different than the previous Scarlet Tree. We have, however, tried to include several of the like features that may conjure up memories for previous customers. Space will be about 1,500 sq ft downstairs, with a mezzanine of about 750 sq ft. upstairs. [There'll be] high ceilings, tall windows, [and] both the stage and bar will back to windows, making them and the lighting visible from the outside as well. We hope to have plenty of outside seating on both the 65th St. and 8th Ave sides of the building.
We've been hoping to do this again (i.e., reopen the Tree) since the fire; but other projects, as well as the economy slowed the process. We're excited; we can't wait to get the door open and re-introduce ourselves to the neighborhood!"