Royal Drummer

Ballard, Seattle

  • ballard

Details

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Client – Jill Killen
Year – 2016
Status – Completed
Team
  • Phil Showstead
  • Grant Eckman
  • Ben Frey-Booth
  • Ian Dugas
  • Joe Mckay
  • Jorge Hernandez
Collaborators

The Royal Drummer Cafe was realized in collaboration with Neil Oney, Jill Killen and Strata Architects. Special thanks to: Structural Radar Imaging, SSA Acoustics, Total Plumbing, Ace Fire Systems, Active Engineering, Power Solutions Electric, Eager Beaver Works, Low Voltage Systems Inc, Anvil House, Otto Rosenau, Eurocraft Hardwoods, Kemly Electric, CFM Heating and Cooling, JD Plumbing and Fire Protection, Northwest Elevations, and Orion Drywall.

Press

While food and especially drink were the team’s primary considerations, Oney said they’re thrilled with the shop’s open, inviting interior, for which they leaned on the expertise of contractors. “Our aesthetic is somewhat organic,” said Oney. “We honestly didn’t have a design before we started construction. Our contractors, who were amazing, would ask us a question and we’d make a decision. We ended up with a very clean cafe, lots of black walnut, and tons of space for our community to gather. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”

— Daily Coffee News

Part of the new Ballard Public Lofts & Market complex, Royal Drummer occupies the former space of the now-defunct Viking Tavern, a beloved drinking hole. While Royal Drummer is far from a dive bar, it’s a welcoming space that is catering to the entire neighborhood’s eating and drinking needs, inspired by Australian cafe culture.

— Sprudge.com

We honestly didn’t have a design before we started construction. Our contractors, who were amazing, would ask us a question and we’d make a decision. We ended up with a very clean cafe, lots of black walnut, and tons of space for our community to gather. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Neil Oney
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