Over the weekend, we caught up with Jacobson and McKennedy by phone. They told us what's in store for our neighbors to the north, once the duo's 49-seat shop opens on April 28. Here's what we learned:
- The Capitol Hill location is their first out-of-state move, bringing the number of Sizzle Pie locations to seven (if you count the shop in Eugene and two Moda Center stands)
- The new shop will serve the seasonal pies alongside its usual meaty, vegan and gluten-free pizzas
- It will keep the same hours as its other locations, meaning it stays open till 3 a.m., except on Friday and Saturdays, when it's open till 4 a.m.
- The Capitol Hill shop will offer delivery, but—for now—it will be done via third-party apps like Amazon Prime and UberEATS
- Sizzle Pie will keep its heavy metal vibe, and Jacobson says that aesthetic will be vibing "even more so" at the adjacent 41-seat Dark Bar, which he describes as an "intimate comfortable dive bar that isn't too divey," where people can sip on regional spirits and beers
McKennedy says that move to Seattle just seems to be the next logical step.
"We've got a kinship with Seattle, we've got a lot of ties there," he says, pointing out that he's spent a lot of time there, especially in Capitol Hill, and that the pizzeria's director of operations, Bob Peyton, used to live there for a stretch.
Plus, there's the musical connection that ties together the two cities. "If you grew up in the Pacific Northwest, when it comes to the music scene, Seattle and Portland share a lot of commonalities."
The next time you're in Seattle, stagger in for some late-night slices, low-brow beer, and high-brow cocktails.
Sizzle Pie Capitol Hill: 1009 E Union St., 206-325-7437; Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays