Three 9 Lounge opened at the West Seattle Bowl on Oct. 28, 2021.
From Three 9 Lounge:
General Manager Jeff Swanson explained, "The space was doing ok as the High Strike lounge, and we were keeping that menu, but it was being under utilized, so we were talking and our friend Joe Jeannot, who is a restaurant consultant and ran the Beer Festival in years past suggested we should change to a tiki bar. After about a day or two of thinking about it we all said, 'Let's do it.!"
Swanson along with Beverage Manager Jimmy Gersen, plus Joe Chero and Joe Jeannot working with Mike of MR Construction developed the bamboo, grasses, and lighting design, "pretty much on the fly," said Swanson. The result is surprisingly cohesive and comfortable. But a tiki bar would be nothing without the right drinks. Gersen said they will have seven signature cocktails including, Mai-Tai, Zombie, Jungle Bird, Pain Killer, Hemingway Daiquiri, Between the Sheets, Planters Punch, shareable bowl drinks like the Volcano Bowl, and the Three 9 Grog. "These are all the classic Tiki cocktails with our little twists," said Gersen, The lead bartender at the Three 9 is Damon Leichman. "He worked with me at Salty's in the banquet department and I taught him, everything he knows in service to this point and now he's teaching me!"
They have a new chef just for the Three 9 named Kobi Maisel, who will be making Pork Sliders, Lumpia, Shrimp skewers, Beef Kabobs, Macaroni Salad, Edamame, all Polynesian and "fun tropical kind of stuff, like a Pu Pu Platter," said Swanson.
The Three 9 is so named because it's on 39th SW first, plus there are 39 boards in a bowling lane. and also because those are the happy hours (even though at first they won't open until 4pm). "This is something fun," said Swanson, "and utilize our space efficiently."
As the days move on, they keep adding additions, like the lit tiki torches on the roof, and have contracted with Munktiki to create personalized tiki mugs. So far, they've received great feedback!