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Al Sawyer-Dickhoff
Old glory.
If you've got a million dollars burning a hole in your pocket and have always wanted to own a beachfront bar,

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The Cabin, Suburban Seattle's Most Peculiarly Located Bar, Is for Sale

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Al Sawyer-Dickhoff
Old glory.
If you've got a million dollars burning a hole in your pocket and have always wanted to own a beachfront bar, Pat Dale will gladly take your call.

Dale has owned The Cabin, in Richmond Beach, for the past eight years. Now 67, he long ago became familiar with the slope-floored bar and its Wazzu-friendly patio while working part-time at the Point Wells Standard Oil plant to supplement his studies at Shoreline Community College.

"This was our watering hole after work," he says of The Cabin, which owes its mid-block, residential street location to the fact that its inception predated proper zoning ordinances. "When I bought it, it had leaks in the roof and cockroaches and rats. It was frickin' nasty. I bought it to save it, and I want someone to keep it going."

That someone could be you: Dale has put The Cabin and the land it sits on up for sale at a price of $1.2 million, although he says he'd likely be willing to sell it "for just shy of a million, because the market sucks."

As for his reasons for selling, that's simple: Dale, who once worked as the corporate beverage manager for Red Robin ("I wrote all those frou-frou drink recipes and taught all the guys to tend bar"), wants to retire to hotter climes. "I'm ready to go down to my joint in Tuscon," he explains. "I'm done, baby, but I'm not gonna give it away. I love this little joint."

"You can't do this again," Dale says of siting a bar between plush suburban homes with water views. "We're grandfathered in."

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