Brendan McGill to Open Hitchcock Bar

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Brendan McGill Expands on Bainbridge Island

Bar Hitchcock Coming Soon


SEATTLE, November 15, 2018 — When the space next door to chef Brendan McGill’s hugely popular Hitchcock Deli became available last month, he jumped at the opportunity and the brainstorming began.

McGill is currently in the permitting process and has begun renovations and building. The hope is to introduce Bar Hitchcock sometime in December.

Here’s the plan: Located at 123 Winslow Way East, Bar Hitchcock will offer seating for 50, including a 30-foot bar, and a lounge area with communal table and soft seating. The lounge area will be centered around a fireplace and have shelves full of books, board games, and even vinyl records to encourage guests to settle in—with a newspaper and an espresso, a laptop and porchetta sandwich, or a board game and wine with friends. 

Bar Hitchcock will be open daily from 8am to 10pm and offer full table service throughout the space. Breakfast will offer baked egg dishes, quiche, granola, grain bowels, tartines, and pastries. Lunch will include Hitchcock Deli sandwiches like the BLT, pastrami, and porchetta, as well as salads, roasted vegetable dishes, and soups. Dinner will shift to heartier fare like charcuterie and cheese plates, composed salads, roasted vegetables, steamed shellfish, and smoked meats.

“I really want to create a space that has something for everyone,” said McGill. “A space with tasty food that complements a broad selection of spirits, wines, beer, sherries, and vermouths, as well as just a chill spot to hang out with friends.”

Erik Hakkinen, longtime barman at Zig Zag, will be consulting on the bar program and will focus on three-ingredient cocktails like martinis, negronis, Manhattans, margaritas, and sidecars. He’s also looking to create cocktails that feature sherry, vermouth, and lower alcohol spirits since the bar will be open all day. Fans of Hakkinen will be pleased to know that he’ll be behind that bar on Wednesday and Thursday evenings though April of 2019.

The wine list will feature small independent producers from across Europe and the Pacific Northwest. Beers and ciders will be locally sourced.

Les Eerkes of Eerkes Architects, the man responsible for Bruciato, McGill’s gorgeous wood-fired Neapolitan pizza restaurants across the street, is designing Bar Hitchcock. The space will be wrapped with Douglas fir shiplap creating a clean and modern feel. The black-stained maple bar top is being made with wood reclaimed from a bowling alley lane and the bar front will be covered in black steel. The space will have steel and brass lighting fixtures and accents throughout. The search is on for mid-century pieces to complete the lounge area.

Once the Bar Hitchcock space is complete, the Hitchcock Deli space will function more as a coffee shop with 8 seats, grab-and-go, plus cured meats, smoked meats, preserves, and jars of house made pickles and other fermentations in the cold case. The deli will also have retail items like wine, pottery, and books.

With Hitchcock, Hitchcock Deli, and Bar Hitchcock lined up side-by-side, it’s safe to say that this stretch of Winslow Way will have all your eating, drinking, and socializing needs covered!




About Hitchcock

Opened in 2010, Hitchcock is chef Brendan McGill’s highly acclaimed restaurant located on picturesque Bainbridge Island, a quick 30-minute ferry ride from Seattle. McGill offers a menu of inventive and vibrant Northwest dishes inspired by the season, as well as a chef’s tasting menu. Much of the product is sourced from McGill’s Shady Acres, a working farm where he also raises heritage pigs. The restaurant is intimate and cozy, with warm wood and antique accents. Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm to 10 pm. Happy hour is served in the bar Tuesday through Friday from 5pm to 6pm. For more information, or to make reservations, call 206.201.3789 or visit

Hitchcock is located at 133 Winslow Way East in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

About Hitchcock Deli

Chef Brendan McGill’s Hitchcock Delis are located on Bainbridge Island, next-door to his restaurant of the same name, and in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. The impetus for the delis came from McGill’s evolving views on meat and produce after opening his restaurant in 2010—he wanted to create a code of ethics for the group, which the delis strongly represent. The Hitchcock Delis serve meats raised on pasture, and produce from the closest source of the highest quality. They cure and smoke all of the charcuteries in-house and make all of the preserves and pickles too, the old-fashioned way. The delis offer sandwiches and salads as well as meat from a bountiful cold case. For menus and more information, visit

Hitchcock Deli is located at 129 Winslow Way East in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Hitchcock Deli Georgetown is located at 6003 12th Avenue South in Seattle, Washington.

About Bruciato

Opened in January of 2017, chef Brendan McGill’s Bruciato is situated in the renovated Winslow Hardware building on Bainbridge Island, just a 30-minute ferry ride from Seattle. The gorgeous and airy space is a realization of a longtime pop-up at Hitchcock, McGill’s first restaurant. McGill is dedicated to the tradition of wood-fired Neapolitan pizza with creative wood-fired seafood dishes, salads, and antipasti rounding out the menu. The bar is Italian spirits focused and offers a thoughtfully curated selection of wine. The restaurant is open daily 11:30am to 10pm, and later on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 206.201.3462 or visit

Bruciato is located at 236 Winslow Way East in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

About Café Hitchcock

Opened in April of 2017 by chef Brendan McGill, Café Hitchcock is an all-day café housed in a beautiful art deco building. Located between Seattle’s Downtown and Pioneer Square neighborhoods, the café serves a wide variety of needs, from a quick grab-and-go breakfast to a leisurely lunch or intimate after work happy hour. The menu ranges from pastries, house-made yogurt with granola, and fresh juice in the morning to an all-day menu that includes sandwiches, grain bowls, a selection of vegetable dishes, and roasted chicken. Offering a thoughtful wine list and a curated bar plus beer and kombucha on tap—as well as espresso. Café Hitchcock is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm, with happy hour offered from 3pm to 6pm. For more information, call 206.467.5078 or visit

Café Hitchcock is located at 818 First Avenue in Seattle, Washington.





Kirsten Graham