Nick Simonton will close his cozy neighborhood eatery for a few weeks for minor construction and interior updates. He plans to reopen in July.
Ballard's Amber Den to close temporarily; reopen in July with full bar and more
The Amber Den, a cozy corner establishment on 17th Avenue N.W. and N.W. 56th Street, plans to close temporarily following normal service hours on Saturday, June 16.
The closure will allow for the completion of minor construction and interior updates. The Amber Den will reopen in July with a full bar, new menu and an “overhauled neighborhood attitude”.
“We always planned to spend our first few months listening to what the neighborhood told us they wanted here. We’re a neighborhood spot so it makes sense that we reflect those interests and incorporate elements of what makes our neighborhood spot uniquely neighborhood,” said Nick Simonton, proprietor of the Amber Den, in a statement.
The Amber Den quietly opened in February and quickly became a neighborhood favorite, serving over 4,000 customers since opening. Between February and June of this year, nearly 80 percent of its customers were surveyed, formally and informally, and asked what they wanted to see offered by the establishment.
“As part of our process, we regularly talked to our customers – our neighbors – and surveyed nearly every one of them to find out what it was they wanted and didn’t want,” said Simonton. “Our immediate ‘out-of-the-gates’ launch highlighted only a small amount of what we could do, but wasn’t necessarily meant to be a long-term focus. I’ve always believed that the key to any truly neighborhood place is to have the willingness and desire to listen and adapt to what the neighborhood wants. For us, it’s important that we reflect the values and interests of our neighborhood and this is a step in that direction.”
For more information, and to keep up with project updates, follow the Amber Den on Facebook and Twitter.