Business, News

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.”

Photo/Rainier Valley Post

19 comments on “Full Tilt Owner Preparing to Open Hummingbird Saloon in Columbia City

  1. Oh man I hope this is what I’ve been waiting for. Retro arcade style with a shuffleboard? Yes please. I need a place cool enough to get my cap hill friends down to CC.

  2. There are also reports that a new pub of sorts is going into the Esmay building on Hudson, right across from the new Greenhouse Apartments.

    See Columbia Citizens for the details (not much to report yet)

  3. CBO I saw your comment above and was looking for the “like” button.

    I guess I’ve been on Facebook too long : )

  4. I was at FT tonight and was told it should open in a week and a half or so. Provided all the final pieces fall into place. Looking forward to it!

  5. I love full tilt, and the owner and his brother, but some (not all) of the employees there are down right hostile!

    Once I went in and didn’t know what I wanted. I had just had brain f’ing surgery, so my speech was slurred. The guy at the counter was such an a** that I went to my car in tears (brain surgery and the steroids they put me on really f’s with the emotions). My partner went back in and told him that he was really rude. He claimed that I was condescending. I never went back. Hopefully those adorable men who will be the owners (love them both) will emphasize customer service with their staff at the saloon.

  6. could have been a misunderstanding– if you were slurring they could have mistaken you for drunk or otherwise impaired?

  7. Ken from Full Tilt and the Hummingbird Saloon, with an update and apology: We have been working hard to get open, and are very close. We had inspections last week that have set us back just a couple of days. If all goes well, we expect to open this week. To Whitney, above: I have always felt that it is important (and my pleasure) to give good customer service, especially in a small community based biz, and I expect the same of my staff, all of whom I respect and consider friends. I am sorry that there was a misunderstanding, and I would be very happy to speak with you, if you would be willing. Feel free to contact me at, and consider my apology.

  8. You’re a class act, Ken. Thanks so much for following up. Love Full Tilt and can’t wait to check out the saloon!

  9. The landlord needs to give that building a good scrub down and fresh paint. It’s currently an eyesore and could be so much more aesthetically pleasing if they did that and took advantage of the detailing that’s already on the building.

  10. @Tom T – Tom, to clarify, Rob Mohn acts on a voluntary basis as a point-of-contact/ liason to the city on behalf of the Columbia City Business Association – he does not hold any paid or official position within OED.

    That said, the CCBA has been focusing on a “South of Hudson” Initiative over the last few years, and those efforts have only been helped by funds from the City. A good example is the new mural in the Full Tilt parking lot, which was funded in part by a facade improvement grant. Future facade projects are in the works for two additional “South of Hudson” buildings, as well as (fingers crossed!) a project for sidewalk repairs.

  11. Hi Joy,
    You may not be aware of the latest, but Rob does indeed hold an official position with the City of Seattle Economic Development Commission.

    His appointment

    City of Seattle Legislative Information Service

    Information retrieved on February 11, 2013 3:05 PM

    Clerk File Number: 312749
    Appointment of Rob Mohn as member, Economic Development Commission, for a term of confirmation to February 28, 2014.

    Status: In Committee
    Date for Full Council consideration: February 11, 2013

    Date Filed with the City Clerk: January 28, 2013

    Date introduced/referred to committee: February 4, 2013
    Committee: Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations
    Sponsor: Clark
    Committee Recommendation: Confirm
    Date of Committee Recommendation: February 5, 2013
    Committee Vote: 3 (Clark, Conlin, Rasmussen) – 0

    More on the commission

  12. @Tom T
    It has been happening for quite a few years now as far as “neighborhood activists” go. You get someone who may have been genuinely concerned to start with, but next thing you know they have————- (left out on purpose) and a job with the city.

  13. @Tom T – I was referring to the original link you posted, which lists Rob only as a contact person for the CCBA, As his role with the CCBA is voluntary, I wanted to clear any confusion.

    @Mark B. – That situation, while common, is definitely not the case with Rob. That man lives and breathes Columbia City, and always will.

  14. @Joy
    l was not naming Rob at all, but good to see that you understand how common it is, and how it may influence peoples opinion of our citiy’s government

  15. So last night my partner and I (and three other friends) swung by here and I have to say I was impressed. Keeping in mind that they are still new and starting up, they didn’t have a vast selection of alcohol brands – but it’s a friendly, laid back atmosphere with a hearty menu. I met Ken (the owner) and I have to say he really is a class act.

    I was impressed with the Happy Hour prices (3 bucks for a beer and 2.50 wells??) and perusing the menu I was delighted to see that THEY HAVE TATER TOTS! Those buttons of delight! I wholeheartedly recommend the meatball sandwich (along with tater tots as a side please).

    Great service, laid back, a jukebox, games and it definitely feels like a neighborhood bar.

    Oh, and if they don’t have the brand of alcohol you want just let the bartender (Steve) know because like I said, they are still putting together their selection of alcohol. Dewars White Label please.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *