Tonight (1/17) I got to attend the celebrity/charity opening of Seattle’s newest restaurant named “Sport Restaurant & Bar”. It is in the Fisher Plaza building where KOMO is, right across the street from the Seattle Center and within eye shot of the Space Needle and EMP — right off of Denny and a block or so up (west) of McDonalds. It looks to be a fairly nice restaurant. It is run by John Howie who was the long time chef at Palisades before he ventured off on his own and opened the great restaurant on the Eastside; Seastar. Investors include Jamal Crawford of the New York Knicks; Aaron & Eric Goodwin, sports agents for people like Gary Payton; LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers; Nate McMillan, head coach of the SuperSonics; former U. of W. Husky basketball star and Philadelphia 76er Todd McCullough (now a commentator); and former Seattle Mariner pitcher Jeff Nelson (of the Texas Rangers). It officially opens tomorrow (1/18). Tonight was all about raising money for three foundations which actually were in turn donating the money to tsunami relief efforts. The foundations were the Moyer foundation (Jamie plays for the Seattle Mariners), Jamal Crawford foundation (Jamal is a Seattle native), and the Shawn Alexander foundation (Sean just finished up the year with the Seahawks). If you wanted your fill of athletes and local celebrities they were in abundance. All of the local sports tv guys were on hand doing interviews for the 11 pm news. The foundation people were there expect for Jamal who is of course in the middle of his season. Alexander was with his “littles” from the Big Brother/Big Sister program which was nice to see. Major league pitcher Jeff Nelson was there. Nate McMillan the coach of the Sonics was there. An old time player from the Sonics, Sam Perkins was there. Bill Kruger an ex MLB pitcher and current Fox Sports NW anchor was there. Ray Allen of the Sonics was in attendence. Mike “The Gasman” from sports radio KJR was the emcee and he along with Jim Kerley (sp?) from KING-5 TV served as the auctioneer for the great live auction. I actually got a few things in the silent auction including a singed baseball bat from Edgar Renteria. The bat has St. Louis’s logo on it and it is cool to me that he played on a World Series team, despite the loss. It is interesting to think that now that he is with the Red Sox, basically replacing Nomar from last year, just how many people go from the losing World Series team one year to the winning World Series team for the start of the next year? They have some neat stuff up in the restaurant. They have a case with signed baseballs from players that have hit over 500 homeruns. There is a case with all of the players who played on the Mariners team that won 116 games. They have a great section on the history of sports in the Seattle area and the state of Washington. I think it goes back to the 1920s but it might have gone further back than that with pictures and memorabilia. The have lots of flat screen HDTVs which should make for great watching of games. The interesting quote of the night was when Sean Alexander say "We are going to the Super Bowl next year." Considering he is a free agent and that he is not too happy with the Seahawks coach it was interesting to hear him say we. I hope that the Seahawks can resign him for many seasons to come.
Here is the sample menu that they handed out for the restaurant. The food samples that they had were great. I did not eat that much as I am still on my diet but it all tasted good. Sorry that the menu does not have prices on it. Also some of the samples do not show up on this list so I guess that they have more stuff.
Entrée salads: Char Siu Chicken Salad with Won Tons and Sesame Vinaigrette. Shrimp Louie Salad with Tomato, Avocado and Gin Spiked Louie Dressing
Pizzas. The Salumi – Made with Armandino’s Best! Garlic Cream Sauce, Tomato, Peas, Cremini Mushrooms, and Fontina. Chicken, Tomato, Avocado, Pepperjack Cheese and Fresh Salsa.
Kobe beef burgers. Handformed Chopped Kobe Beef Burger served with Crispy JoJo’s. BBQ Burger with Lettuce, Pickled Onion, and Sweet Smoky BBQ Spread. Tillamook Cheddar Cheeseburger with Roasted Onion Spread. Cremini Mushroom Burger with Fontina Cheese and Porcini Mushroom Spread.
Fire Grilled Steaks. Hand cut and crusted with SPORT Speical Steak Seasoning, fire grilled, served with JoJo’s and SPORT Steak Sauce. Teriyaki Beef Brochette with Golden Pineapple. 13oz New York Striploin Steak. 22oz T-Bone.
Seafood. Ale Battered Cod with JoJo’s and Tartar Sauce. 8oz Fire-Grilled Fresh Red King Salmon Filet
Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. Spicy Chicken with Pepper Jack, Avocado and Salsa Mayonnaise. Herb Grilled Chicken with Pesto Mayonnaise.
From the Deli. Piled High 1/2 lb Shaved Deli Meat Sandwiches, served with fresh Crispy Kosher Pickles. The Reuben – Corned Beef, Sauerkraut on Grilled Caraway Rye. The Dip – Medium Rare Roast Beef, Grilled French Baguette with Au Jus. The Dog – ¼ Pound Hot Dog with Sauerkraut and Mustard