Ethan Stowell's Derby at The Shop Opens August 7 in Seattle

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Derby at The Shop Opens August 7

A New Ethan Stowell Restaurant in SoDo


SEATTLE, August 3, 2017 — Ethan and Angela Stowell are excited to announce the opening date for their newest project, Derby—it will officially be opening its doors on Monday, August 7 at 11am. Derby is located within The Shop, a car club, which will open Friday, August 11. Derby and The Shop are located at 2233 6th Avenue South, in Seattle’s SoDo district.


A bit about The Shop: driven by his love for cars and motorcycles, Seattle native Matt Bell came up with the idea for a place where fellow enthusiasts could gather to learn and share. The Shop hasindoor storage for members’ cars, repair bays and experts, detailing services, classes, and valet service. Members get access to all those amenities plus meeting rooms and lounge spaces—Derby will be open to the public.


As two longtime Seattleites, Bell and Stowell were excited to collaborate to bring something so unique to the city.


“SoDo is such an interesting neighborhood,” says Stowell. “It’s been great getting to know the area and creating a restaurant that will really fill a hole. Derby is going to be a lot of things to a lot of people: from an easy weekday lunch spot to a great place for an after work cocktail to a bite with friends before a game.”


Derby will be open weekdays from 11am to 10pm, offering lunch, happy hour, and dinner—weekend brunch will begin at 10am. Derby will have 15 seats at the bar, with room for another 58 in the dining room and 20 in a comfortable lounge area. The dining room is adjacent to the car storage space, which means diners have a front seat view of a bevy of luxury and classic cars. Reclaimed Boeing shipping containers became wood paneling in the space, which plays against corrugated metal. The floors are finished concrete and the ceilings are the original fir—and there is lots of dark-stained wood in the booths and warm lighting accents across the space.


The kitchen is helmed by Thomas Dodd, previously of Marjorie, who brings years of experience and plenty of excitement about the Derby concept. The menu starts with small plates like bacon-wrapped dates, poutine with red-eye gravy, fried oysters with chipotle aioli, lamb carpaccio, and burrata with beets, radishes, and sunflower seeds.


There are plenty of sandwiches, ranging from a spicy tuna sandwich with wasabi mayo and pickled daikon to a classic BLT with Bell’s favorite bacon. There will also be a burger (of course) topped with red onion marmalade, aged white cheddar, and Derby sauce.


Salad and soup offerings include a Caesar, a Cobb, and a beet salad—plus smoked potato leek soup. There will be a handful of larger plates too, like steak and eggs with pommes purée and crispy onions, a smoked pork chop with broccoli purée and crispy fingerlings, and mussels with tomato fennel broth, olives, preserved lemon and chorizo. A couple pastas and vegetable sides are included on the menu as well.


Desserts range from an apricot-blueberry crisp with sweet bay streusel and Devonshire cream to a dark chocolate pot de crème.


Brunch will bring a classic and a smoked salmon benedict, corned beef hash, house-made granola with fruit and yogurt, scrambles, and more.


Happy hour will run daily from 3pm to 7pm, with a selection of small plates including fried oysters, marinated olives, and dynamite wings with chive yogurt, cilantro, and honey. There will also be a handful of $3 tallboys plus special pricing on draft beers and $6 wines and cocktails.


As for drinks, there will be 10 beers on tap—a mix of local and domestic—plus two non-alcoholic draft drinks made in house. There will also be a selection of tallboys plus some ciders. Wines will herald primarily from the Northwest, with a long bottle list and an interesting selection of pours by the glass. There will be cocktails too, half of which will be whiskey based, reflecting the bar’s large selection of whiskeys and brown liquors. The cocktails range from the playful “Using Me for My Cheese” with rye, aquavit, Benedictine, and cardamom bitters, garnished with Gouda—to interesting beer-based drinks like “The Seel-Bock” with bourbon, Kina Quinquina, Angostura & Peychauds, and Shiner Bock. (And don’t forget about “This One Time at Burning Man” with pink peppercorn and grapefruit-infused mezcal, Aperol, dragonfruit syrup, and lemon.)


For reservations and to learn more, visit or call 206.466.4949.


About The Shop 

The Shop, located at 2233 6th Avenue South, is a state-of-the-art facility for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to indulge all aspects of their passion. Inviting lounge areas and exceptional food and drinks share space with a 36,500-square-foot SoDo warehouse outfitted with everything you need to build, maintain and store cars and motorcycles. Complete a project on your own, learn from fellow members and staff, or have one of The Shop experts take over while you sit back and watch your dream come to life. Prized possessions will be tucked away in secure, pristine, climate-controlled storage. The Shop also offers concierge services that include pickup, delivery, and regular maintenance so cars are fresh and ready to go at a moment's notice. The goal of The Shop is to provide a creative, collaborative and fun environment and to build a strong community of car and motorcycle devotees. To learn more, visit


About Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Ethan Stowell Restaurants is a highly acclaimed restaurant group in Seattle owned by Ethan and Angela Stowell. Their restaurants include Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company, Rione Xlll, Bar Cotto, Mkt., Red Cow, Frēlard Pizza Company, Bramling Cross, Marine Hardware, Tavolàta Capitol Hill, and Ballard Pizza Company SLU, as well as Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle.


Chef Stowell’s food philosophy is all about keeping it simple, using fresh ingredients, and allowing the food to do the talking. To learn more, visit