Cafe Society

Photos: Park House a true neighborhood tavern on East Colfax

The old house at 1515 Madison Street has gone through several incarnations since it was the elegant Normandy, a French restaurant run by Pierre Wolfe. Among other ventures, it housed both PS 1515 and the Pink Elephant -- where cops busted burlesque dancers. Recently, there were plans to open a place named Corner House there -- not to be confused with the Corner House that is slated to open this month at 2240 Clay Street with Matt Selby as a partner. But those plans fell through, paving the way for Park House, which opened there last month.

This is a real neighborhood spot, a comfortable watering hole on Colfax where you can drop by for a drink (it has a parking lot!) or plop yourself in one of the cozy rooms, order a "not-so-basic burger" or a specialty nacho plate (there are eight varieties, including buffalo chicken, Philly cheesesteak, pulled pork and "macho nachos") and make yourself at home for an entire evening.

See also: - James Iacino, president of Seattle Fish Company, opening the Corner House - From Tom's Urban 24 to True Food Kitchen: Restaurant roll call for October - 1515 Marion: Burlesque performers trade garters for handcuffs

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