by Shaun Knittel -
SGN Associate Editor
Otters, cubs, and bears - oh my!
C.C. Attle's will hold a 'soft opening' (with a limited selection of food and alcohol) by Memorial Day weekend. Chris Daw, C.C. Attle's general manager, told Seattle Gay News that the official grand opening is scheduled for June 11.
Chris is in overdrive mode. The man is on a mission, folks. He's been painting, building, and overseeing all parts of the remodel and reopening of the famed 'bear bar' ever since the original C.C. Attle's (first opened October 17, 1993) closed late last year. The buzz and rumor mill has been running wild and Chris says that yes, once and for all, C.C. Attle's is back!
When asked, 'So, what the hell took so long?' the look on Chris' face tells the story of a man who has been working his ass off, against roadblock after roadblock, for months.
'It's been difficult,' he said. 'The City of Seattle treated us like a new business. So we had setbacks with permitting and building code changes. Plus, permitting costs have skyrocketed.'
Chris says that there were times that he and the owners of C.C. Attle's may have been down, but they certainly were never out. 'We found a suitable space,' he said, 'and we've really turned it into something great!'
The 'New C.C.'s' is designed with respect to the old Madison Street location. 'We've even kept the Dirk statue,' joked Chris.
The notorious outdoor deck (oh, if decks could talk&) has been replicated inside the building, he said.
Initially, some changes have been made to the menu. But according to Chris, everyone's favorite bar foods will still be available. 'You will still be able to get nachos, mini-corndogs, and fried foods,' he said. 'We've also got a lot of great salads.'
In addition, the bar will open a little later (3 p.m.) and close at 2 a.m.
When Chris talks about the new space, he lights up with excitement. He jokingly told SGN that 'besides being a much larger space, the beer will actually be cold!'
C.C. Attle's, now located at 1701 E. Olive Way, will feature two pool tables, two dartboards, and some bigscreen televisions. 'There are a lot of interesting areas in the bar for people to congregate,' said Chris.
'Above all,' he said, 'we are going to continue to offer the best value for your money.'
In other words, you heard it straight from the horse's & uh, the bear's mouth: C.C. Attle's famous 'pour' will still exist!
Soon after it opened, C.C. Attle's became a part of LGBT Seattle's fabric. What began as a restaurant eventually turned into a bar that served food, where everyone was welcome. The environment was safe, the clientele were loyal, and the fundraisers were epic. When C.C.'s closed late last year, it left a hole in Gay Capitol Hill nightlife. It seemed the community wouldn't be the same until the new location opened up.
There was just one problem: That didn't happen.
Week after week, in Facebook post after misleading Facebook post, C.C. Attle's was the talk of the online town. All the while, Chris was sweating bullets trying to balance the public relations fallout from the closure of Café Metropolitain, a condo association that did not want another bar in the building, and a client base that wanted those doors opened 'Now!'
Well, my fuzzy friends, that day is about to become a reality.
'I want your readers to know that I've really, really missed them' Chris told SGN. 'Closing the old bar and reopening this one has been the hardest thing I've ever done in my life.'
He did it, he says, for the community.
'C.C. Attle's is a part of our city and our community,' Chris proudly stated. 'Aside from providing jobs and a place for the bear community to go, we really mean something to our patrons.'
The bar will still be cover-free. It will never cost you a dime to walk in the door, said Chris.
'C.C. Attle's will remain a place where there is no attitude and no posing. It is just a good, fun place for the community where you get an honest drink, good food, and meet with friends.'
Welcome back, C.C. Attle's. We've all missed you.
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