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Full Tilt Owner Preparing to Open Hummingbird Saloon in Columbia City


By Claire Thompson

COLUMBIA CITY – Rainier Valley nightlife continues its evolution with the addition of two new watering holes planned for 2013.  Full Tilt owner Ken Anderson hopes to have his Hummingbird Saloon up and running within the month, while Spinnaker Bay Brewing, the South end’s first brewery, is slated to open down the road in Hillman City by March 1.

Bars like Rookie Sports, the Royal Room, and the Columbia City Ale House have slowly but surely been shaping the area’s reputation as a destination for more than just family-friendly activity, and these two new spots will no doubt keep the buzz building.

Spinnaker Bay Brewing will be located at Rainier and Mead, not far from where Orcas Landing recently shut its doors after barely a year in business. So far, the pedestrian-unfriendly stretch of Rainier Avenue between Columbia City and Hillman City has proved a roadblock to the neighborhood’s commercial growth.  Perhaps the promise of a microbrewery will finally be enough to link the two areas.

The Hummingbird Saloon is opening right next door to the Full Tilt ice cream shop in Columbia City.  Anderson says Hummingbird, a collaboration with his brother, will offer “peasant food” from its full-service kitchen: Cornish-style pasties, various ham pies.

“The food we’ll be offering will be different from anywhere else in the neighborhood,” he says.

That, plus plans for the bar to include shuffleboard, pinball, darts, and other entertainment in keeping with Full Tilt’s trademark retro-arcade style, will make the bar stand out from nearby established drinking spots.

“We hope to be a comfortable neighborhood hangout,” Anderson says.  Hummingbird will be 21-plus, but Anderson says they “have the option to change that if the neighborhood proves they want it to be that way.”

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