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Pono Ranch?

kaleokahu | May 14, 2014 05:08 PM

This afternoon I stopped merely to check this new eatery in the shadow of the Ballard Bridge. Didn't have time (or the appetite) to grab a bite, but what a unique place!

The place is about 70% courtyard/sculpture garden (the sculpture being an homage to heavy industrial tools and equipment), and the outside seating is very-well-thought-out wood benches, stools, and even a worm-eaten drift log. There's an enormous steamshovel looming over one whole corner of the "garden". Large sail-type awnings provide shade/shelter. IMO, this might be a beer garden for the Ages.

The remaining 30% is interior space that I can't quite find the words to describe the decor... except to say that this place got all of Jolly Roger's (and most of the rest of New Ballard's) feng shui and then some--*extremely* welcoming and comfortable.

There are options for sit-down, walkup, AND DRIVETHROUGH. The genius of the design is that patrons sitting outside and inside are completely isolated from the drivethough.

The menu, strangely enough, has nothing the faintest bit Hawai'ian on it--fairly pedestrian pub fare.

Anyone been there?


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