Still in the making!
BACK IN 1991, amid the rise of the first Internet start-ups, the smell of the first coffee roasters, and the pounding sound of the Grunge scene: Seattle pub culture was first born on a once-quiet corner of Greenwood. It started with owner Jeff Eagan’s vision of transporting the English style pub to Seattle and introduce locals to the region’s growing supply of fresh, craft brews. That vision grew to include offering a menu of gourmet food from Chef Jeff Reich at reasonable prices. Since those days, Seattle-style Ale House Cuisine has been synonymous with the 74th Street, Hilltop, and Columbia City Ale Houses.
BRING US TO 2020. After owning all three Alehouses for 28 years and welcoming the addition to his famlily of grandson Dominic Hemingway Eagan, now 4 1/2 years old, Jeff decided to semi-retire. He sold the 74th. St. Ale House to his General Managers, Kathy Christopher (26 years as Executive Chef with 74th.) and Morgan McDowell ( 18 years as General Manager with the 74th). It is a perfect union and the tradition will carry on. The Hilltop Alehouse was also sold to an accomplished chef and regular patron, Kael Lewis, who wants to maintain the staff, food and craft beer philosophy.
Emily Eberhart, Ale House bartender of 6 years, heard about the plans to close up shop and knew she had to figure out a way to keep the restaurant open. She met with friends and community members who were also not ready to say goodbye to their beloved restaurant.
So Emily got to work. And she did it. She found a way to keep it open.
Here we are, six months later, proud to announce the new owner of the Columbia City Ale House, Emily Eberhart.
Emily’s experience, connection to the community, and love for the Ale House family will ensure the Ale House stays true to its roots. But don’t be surprised if you start to see some changes around here once things start to get back to normal. There are new projects in the works that will hopefully elevate everyone’s experience and bring in some new faces.
Soon and when it is safe, we look forward to raising a glass with you to the long continued life of the Columbia City Ale House.