Craft beer-focused Leftcraft opening Aug. 26


Last updated 8/19/2020 at 10:27pm

Brian Soergel

Leftcraft opens Aug. 26 at 519 Main Street in Edmonds.

Leftcraft, a new craft beer-focused restaurant at 519 Main Street, is a project from business partners Jamie Butler, Andy Walls, Travis Eaton, and general manger Jennifer Miller.

It opens Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Together the four own and operate three other craft beer restaurants in north Seattle – the Dray, the Yard, and Trailbend Taproom, with their first spot dating back to 2008.

Leftcraft will work towards serving both lunch and dinner, though hours to start will be somewhat abbreviated, said Butler.

Butler is a fourth-generation Edmonds resident whose family has lived in town for more than 100 years. He was raised a few blocks up Main Street in the home of his great grandparents.

Eaton, from Snohomish and the grandson of a local dairy farmer, met Butler in business school at the University of Washington. The two opened the Dray in 2008 after some years abroad, working in pubs and developing their craft.

They soon after brought aboard their friend Andy Walls, originally from La Jolla, California, who relocated to the area in 1994 for a bachelor's from the University of Puget Sound and a degree in the culinary arts.

The three opened the Yard in 2011 and Trailbend Taproom in 2018. Miller joined the team in 2014 from Southern California.

"Leftcraft is a continuation of our endeavors, focused on providing a comfortable and creative atmosphere with well-curated offerings, dedicated to keeping things local, fresh and sustainable," Butler said.

"Chef Andy has pulled from his culinary archives to develop a menu with a variety of selections. Whether you're craving homestyle comfort food or healthier options, Leftcraft celebrates the abundant ingredients throughout the region."

Butler said finding the right space in Edmonds has been a decade-long pursuit. A little more than a year ago, he spoke with Edmonds-Woodway High School Mike McMurray, who had recently purchased and made improvements to the Main Street location. McMurray is also developing Main Street Commons, just up the street at Main Street and Sixth Avenue South.

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Working with Graham Baba Architects, Edmonds outfit Wilcox was signed on as contractors. A handful of local craftspeople assisted in the creation of the interior. Furniture maker Steve Clark's handiwork can be seen throughout. Woodworker Paul Thorpe single handedly erected the salvage Douglas fir screen wall to the rear of the space.

CMA assisted in food service design and kitchen equipment procurement, notably the Wood Stone pizza oven and vertical rotisserie.

Butler said Leftcraft will operate with the safety and well-being of employees and guests top priority. The restaurant will remain in accordance with recommendations set forth by the DOH and CDC.

Policies and procedures will be in place to monitor party size and dining limits along with social distancing, face covering, contact tracing and sanitization requirements.

In addition, germicidal UV lights rays will be utilized with the HVAC system. The process has been known to reduce airborne bacteria, mold, odor and virus by 90%, Butler said.



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