A sports bar in Pioneer Square will be moving into the former Crown Hill Broiler location at 8037 15th Ave NW.
Fuel Sports Grill has been operating in Pioneer Square for the past 15 years, but they're packing up their big-screen TVs and setting up shop in Ballard in mid-May.
"The last 15 years in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square have been truly amazing - especially all of you incredible people that helped turn a sports bar into a fun, loving place we all like to call home," owner Mike Morris wrote in his announcement on Facebook. "Thank you so much for all of the countless memories throughout the years that will never be forgotten."
The new location will have plenty of parking (25 free spots, which will be a significant upgrade from Fuel's Pioneer Square days), an outdoor patio, and air conditioning throughout the 5,000-square-foot space.
"This may be the end of one chapter in Fuel’s book, but it’s only the beginning of our exciting new adventure to come! We can’t wait for you all to join us in our new family-friendly, neighborhood-based sports bar and grill," Morris said.
Fuel has all the markings of a true sports bar, with a food menu that includes happy hour beef or chicken tacos, potstickers, and mac-n-cheese balls. Their dinner menu has nachos, quesadillas, wings, and something called "Man Candy" which are bite-size pieces of sweet and spicy bacon served with a maple bourbon sauce.
Fuel also serves eight types of burgers, two of which are named for collegiate sports teams: The Husky Burger and the Cougar Burger. They also have an array of sandwiches and pizzas, plus a few salads to break up the heavy pub food.
Along with nightly sports on their 22 flat-screen TVs, Fuel has some big plans for next year. In 2022—assuming the world more closely resembles normalcy—they'll open an outdoor beer garden with a giant jumbotron for Sounders and Seahawks away games, plus a party bus that will take fans from Fuel to home games.
Fuel stayed closed last year during the pandemic, opting to remain shut despite the eased reopening state guidelines. When they reopen in mid-May, they'll do so with a fully vaccinated staff and with COVID restrictions firmly in place.
Crown Hill Broiler, which opened in 2018, closed its doors in September after major financial setbacks due to the pandemic.
"After months of struggling through Covid-19 and the regulations required to operate we will be closing our doors permanently," Crown Hill Broiler announced back in September on Facebook.
Prior to Crown Hill Broiler, The Original Pancake House was in that location for over 10 years.