A restaurant serving Korean-Mexican cuisine is coming to Phinney Ridge

The opening of a restaurant in Phinney Ridge this month brings something new to the neighborhood: cuisine inspired by the fusion of Mexican and Korean cuisines seen in restaurants and food trucks throughout Koreatown in Los Angeles.

The restaurant, called Arc, opens in the former Park Pub space on Phinney Avenue in two or three weeks after some soft opening events. This is a collaboration between North Star Diner and Shanghai Room owner Travis Clark and Todd Hamm, longtime bar manager of Tom Douglas restaurants. The couple worked together years ago at Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard, and they both found themselves wanting to open a restaurant during the pandemic, when Hamm quit working for Douglas.

“The pandemic has caused a midlife crisis for everyone, and you know, we’ve realized that life is too short not to chase your dreams a little bit,” Hamm says.

The chef, Brandon Lancaster, is a Mexican American cook, painter and musician who grew up in Los Angeles. He’s worked at restaurants in Ballard, including Scandinavian pub Skål Beer Hall and Rachel’s Bagels and Burritos, for a few years, and Hamm says Lancaster fell in love with the area. At the same time, he missed good Mexican food, Korean food, and dishes combining elements of both cuisines, which he ate in Los Angeles, and now wants to bring those flavors to diners at Phinney Ridge.

Although the menu is still being worked on, a draft includes dishes like a kimchi rice bowl with braised pork, kimcheese fries (kimchi and white cheddar) with cilantro, and mojo verde pork stew.

Hamm pairs Korean-influenced dishes on the menu with soju and sochu, as well as cocktails like a Campari calamansi spritzer and chartreuse swizzle for the summer, though the cocktails change seasonally. There will also be cocktails, local beer and cider on tap, as well as wines from the Valle de Guadalupe region of Baja California, to stay true to the Los Angeles theme.

During the renovations, Hamm and Clark also replaced the Park Pub’s dark, punk-rock aesthetic with floral wallpaper, leopard-print rugs, indoor plants, and chandeliers.

“We love bright colors,” says Hamm.

The restaurant will be full-service, as Hamm says he wants to move away from the pandemic-era touchless style in favor of more human interaction. Early hours will be 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Wednesday through Sunday, with food available until 11 p.m. — a rarity in a city where most restaurants are still closing early due to the pandemic and labor shortages. -work.

During the summer, Hamm says he also hopes to open for lunch.

Arc will be located at 6114 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle. Hours of operation will be 4 p.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

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