Four months after closing, what was the Alki Beach Pub for the remodel, its owners – who had just purchased the venue three months prior – unveiled their plan for the future of the space. At the time of closing, Jackie Mallahan and Dan Mallahan promised that 2722 Alki Avenue SW would return as a “reimagined space.” They announced that it would be called Driftwood, a restaurant and bar that “takes inspiration from the region around it and aims to showcase Washington’s bountiful connection, from mountain to sound.” This includes, according to the announcement, “regional community partnerships” with farmers and fishermen: “The menu will include shared plates, main courses and desserts, including items such as Whistling Train Farm snow peas with Green Strawberries and Homemade Feta, Structures Brewing Steamed Local Clams with Glazed Pork Belly and Buttered Turnips from Little Big Farm, and Mama’s Apple Cake with Bourbon Caramel, Sour Apple Sorbet and Crème Fraîche .” The bar program promises “coastal cocktails” and a local wine list. Dan Mallahan will serve as executive chef, with experience including a wood-fired, seafood-focused restaurant in downtown Seattle called Rider which opened in 2017. Jackie Mallahan is trained as a design/decor entrepreneur and creates the Driftwood space to be “comfortable yet refined,” with “soft wood tones, marine colors of aqua and green and stone”.
(Photo courtesy of Driftwood)
They will have room for 48 people inside – including the bar and counter – and 22 outside. The hours will be from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Thursday to Monday. They hope to open by the end of the summer and have a Starter campaign too.