Before you could play bocce at Von Trapp’s you could play pool

Before you could play bocce at Von Trapp’s you could play pool at the Garage. The 2,000-square-feet eatery, bowling alley and billiards hall at 1130 Broadway is opening a remodeled patio with an open-air bar on June 20. While the original outdoor area was designed to buffer street noise when the bar opened back in 1996, “Many aspects of the Pike/Pine corridor have changed much in the last 20 years, so the patio has been restructured to invite people to enjoy and embrace those changes,” Managing Partner Mike Bitondo says. Also, new chef Garrett Brown just rolled out a locally-focused menu featuring house-made sausages, pickled condiments and cured meats.

Speaking of Von Trapp’s, this Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. the bier hall at 912 12th Ave. is pouring $3 half-liters of its namesake Helles Lager brewed by Bayern Brewing, “the only German brewery in the Rockies.” These guys mean business: The beer is crafted using traditional recipes and techniques on German brewing equipment that abides by the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 German Beer Purity Law. On Monday, Von Trapp’s switches its focus to liquor: From 8 p.m. to midnight cocktails made using Aviation Gin from Portland’s House Spirits Distillery will be up for grabs for $5.

In other news, Bastyr University’s next Slow Food Sunday dinner is this weekend at the Kirkland Women’s Club at 407 1st St. Cyprus native Maro Lipsou is using loads of veggies  sourced from area farms to prepare dishes influenced by Greece and Turkey. The meal costs $12 for adults or $8 for students and is BYOB. Bastyr hosts Slow Food Sunday meals at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of every other month.