SOURCE: OddFellows LLC

September 08, 2008 13:05 ET

OddFellows Renovation: A 100-Year-Old Classic Gets a Modern Makeover

Historic-Meets-Modern Spaces Now Open to Companies Seeking Creative Atmosphere

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - September 8, 2008) - Offering a unique opportunity to be part of historic Seattle, OddFellows LLC is proud to announce several new (and old) tenants who have chosen to make their home in the newly renovated OddFellows Building located in Capitol Hill's Pike Pine Triangle (www.pikepinetriangle.com). Restored to its original 1908 architectural charm and newly updated to 2008 standards, OddFellows is the ideal historic-meets-modern location for companies seeking an in-city location with both character and convenience.

"The OddFellows Building presented us with an incredible opportunity to restore one of the neighborhood's most cherished icons," said Ted Schroth, the project's developer. "It has been an exciting and rewarding project to be a part of, and we are very excited about the tenants who have already chosen to make the building their home. We are looking forward to finding the right mix of remaining retail and office tenants to share in this remarkable piece of history."

OddFellows will remain home to the landmark Century Ballroom, long established as one of the premier dance halls in the world. Signing a new 10-year lease and expanding its facility to include a new 2,000 square-foot restaurant and lounge, the Century Ballroom will continue to introduce this beautiful building to the general public -- this time to those who eat and drink but don't dance (yet). The new restaurant will feature small plates to mix and match, many vegetarian options, a rich assortment of domestic and imported cheeses and, of course, a nice selection of champagnes by the glass.

"I've always wanted to expand the restaurant and make it a separate space from the Ballroom so that diners would not be afraid someone would ask them to dance after their appetizer," says owner Hallie Kuperman. "This slightly secluded second-floor hideaway will be a special place in one of Seattle's most beautiful buildings."

The Seattle Running Company will also remain in the OddFellows Building, moving into a new 1,800 square-foot street-level location at the west end of the building. The new space is being designed by Robin Freeman of two 9 design, which also provided the interior design on the Trace Lofts project. Robin liked the building so much she is planning on moving her studio into OddFellows, just across the hall from Seattle Running Company.

Additionally, several new high-profile Seattle businesses have committed to moving into this marquee building. Well-known restaurateur Linda Derschang and Ericka Burke, owner of the Volunteer Park Cafe, will be opening OddFellows cafe and bar, and Molly Moon Neitzel of Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream plans to open her second location in OddFellows. The cafe and bar will open in early December on the building's ground floor, facing 10th Avenue. It will be open from 7 a.m. till midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The cafe and bar is expected to be a favorite local hangout, offering dine-in and carryout options, fresh sandwiches and morning pastries, gourmet selections made from scratch with local ingredients, as well a wide selection of local beers and wines, both by the glass and by the bottle.

"The food will be simple, rustic and locally sourced," says Burke. "OddFellows will provide the growing neighborhood with a comfortable and welcoming all-day, all-night hangout."

Already a local hot-spot in Seattle's Wallingford district, Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream is slated to open her second location in the OddFellows Building in early spring of 2009, bringing Molly's signature combination of sweet, creamy organic dairy and locally sourced ingredients to the Pike Pine Triangle. Called "Molly Moon's at the Park," the shop is soon to be a premier neighborhood hang-out where kids, hipsters, condo-dwellers and all ice cream lovers can congregate and celebrate their favorite dessert. Molly Moon's at the Park, like the eclectic neighborhood it will be settled in, will be a place where classic and traditional flavors including Vanilla Bean and Maple Walnut live alongside the creative and exotic Salted Caramel, Balsamic Strawberry and Jasmine Green Tea.

"I'm so excited to open Molly Moon's at the Park in the historic OddFellows Building," said Molly Moon Neitzel. "I really look forward to sharing my ice cream with the neighborhood I call home and expanding my production kitchen in order to provide ice cream for local restaurants and local groceries."

Restoration work on the building is nearly complete and individual tenant improvements are underway. Featuring hardwood floors and exposed brick detailing throughout, OddFellows has four floors of unique retail, office and creative spaces. The top floor boasts functional double-hung windows, exposed trusses, huge skylights and 12-foot ceilings. Ground floor retail spaces have up to 16-foot ceilings and easy access to large basement storage facilities. Some of the larger, more dramatic mid-floor spaces have wide open floor plans with no posts and soaring 25-foot ceilings. The building's exterior has been newly cleaned, re-grouted and repainted, and the building is being refitted with new infrastructure, including new HVAC, plumbing, sprinklers, new electrical supply and new restrooms. Building fixtures and finishes were selected by Michael Klebeck of Top Pot Donuts fame.

OddFellows is situated front and center in the area's emerging restaurant hub. With a diverse and urban demographic, the neighborhood is already home to numerous coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants, parks and universities. The building is also just two blocks from the proposed light rail station, expected to be completed in 2016.

The OddFellows Building was purchased by OddFellows LLC, headed by local developer Ted Schroth (developer of Trace Lofts and Trace North) and a group of local investors, in January 2008. Approximately 20,000 square feet of retail, office and creative space remain available. For additional information on the available spaces, please visit www.oddfellowsbuilding.com or contact OddFellows LLC at 206-622-0462.

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