James Iacino, president of Seattle Fish Company, opening the Corner House
The new location of the Corner House.
Even presidents, CEOs and owners need hobbies, distractions and sidekicks - and that includes James Iacino, president of Seattle Fish Company, who, along with his buddy Scott Kinsey, will open Corner House, a java joint and bar, in late October at 2240 Clay Street in Jefferson Park.
"This is all about creating a community," says Iacino, adding that he lives in the same building where he and Kinsey - marketing director for the House of Marley (as in Bob Marley) product line - are opening. "There's absolutely nothing in this neighborhood within walking distance, so our goal is to bring something to this community that it doesn't have," he adds, noting, too, that "there's lots of development that's going to happen here over the next few years, and we want to be a part of that
The 1,250-square-foot space, which will utilize reclaimed beetle-bark woods for the majority of its furnishings, is a build-out, and while Iacino says that the kitchen is a "small operation," which means that it won't have a hood, he's searching for a chef who can produce small, share-able plates to complement his beverage program -- coffee from NOVO by day, and beer, wine and cocktails at night, with an emphasis on locality.
"We definitely want to use as many Colorado products and suppliers as possible," he notes. And to prove his point, Infinite Monkey Theorem will be his house keg wine, the majority of his spirits will be produced locally, and he'll only pour Colorado beers, both on tap and by the bottle. "The beer list is all-Colorado, all of our main spirits -- whatever we can get here -- will come from Colorado, and while our wine list will be boutique and domestic, we're super-excited to carry Infinite Monkey Theorem wines," he adds.
Iacino says that once construction is complete, the inside, which includes a community table, will seat fifty, and he'll add a patio next spring. "The space has been stripped, and what we have planned isn't too complicated, but we definitely want a patio -- that's part of our community plan," he stresses.
Iacino, who signed the deal yesterday -- and has the keys in hand -- is working with Leigh Sullivan Enterprises on menu design and development, but he does reveal that, in addition to small plates, he'll trot out breakfast items, sandwiches and panini. "We really just want this to be a fun place for people to hang out, eat and drink with their neighbors, and it's a personal side project of mine that I'm really looking forward to doing," he says.
He's still working out the hours, but hopes that the spot will unlock its doors at 6 a.m. for breakfast and coffee and remain open throughout the day until 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on the weekends.
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