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New Random Bar

Some Random BarFirst-time bar owners Michael Maione and his wife, Jean Wallace, are getting a rapid lesson in the Belltown scene. Maione, who grew up in Seattle, lived and worked in Florida for a number of years, where there are plenty of joints with names like “Some Random.” Eager to return home and run a place of his own, he learned that the price of the vacated C.S. Finnegan’s space had dropped by half, so he pounced.

But he needs to take a better look at the neighborhood, starting with Black Bottle, right next door. Black Bottle celebrated its 8th birthday last week, and continues to surf a groundswell of popularity based on its “hardworking” wines and reasonably priced food. Case in point: Random’s two modest (though tasty) pork belly sliders with a modest (though tasty) scoop of slaw: standard bar food all over town, but, at $13, overpriced by at least $5.

Two sliders, one glass of wine and one beer: $30 and change: that’s not random, that’s just out of line.

Compare for yourself: Black Bottle’s menu versus Random. Sorry, folks, if you’re the new guys on the block, you really can’t afford to post random prices like that.

Some Random Bar, 2604 First Avenue, Seattle, 206-745-2185

2 Comments on "New Random Bar"

  1. GretaFagerland | August 17, 2013 at 8:31 am |

    We have been to Random twice and both times we were impressed by Mike’s friendliness and the sound system with a good mix. But, I agree, the prices are too high. Did they not research their closest, very competent, well respected, competitor, the Black Bottle? It feels like a bit of a presumption and a rip off that locals will pay $11.00 for a craft cocktail from the new guy in town. They need to prove themselves first.

  2. We’ve been there three times–the owners are super-friendly and appreciative of the business, and the unadvertised prices during their happy hour are very low (you just have to come at the right time). The food is inventive and tasty. For me, it’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood!

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