The Shambles reopens with a new concept during its transition



When The Shambles closed recently, it appeared to be the end of The Shambles as we knew it. But hold on! While the owners are indeed seeking a transition, they are reopening as a steakhouse pop-up starting on January 5, 2022. If you want in on the steakhouse action you’ll need to know the rules as outlined below.

Meat, cheese, beer, bliss.

Matt Brady and Joel Klemenhagen, the founders and owners of The Shambles, announced in November that they were closing down the beloved restaurant, charcuterie house, and bar. Closing yes, but with hopes of selling the business to someone willing to carry on what they created.

Located in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, The Shambles is an amazing concept; it’s a kickass beer bar, a restaurant, a charcuterie house, and a cocktail bar that serves amazing food and drinks. That’s describing The Shambles in simple and vastly inadequate terms. The Shambles butchers, cures, smokes, and cooks its own meats, and then serves it all alongside world-class beer. Crazy-cool stuff.


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Here are excerpts from two social media announcements. The first was published on November 18th and announced the closing/transition. The second was published on January 1st and announced the reopening/steakhouse pop-up.

November 18 – As we come to the time of year where we reflect with gratitude, we wanted to reach out to you with our thanks, as well as some news. We are saddened to announce that we will not renew our lease at the end of this year. If we are unable to find a buyer, we will be forced to permanently close the restaurant.


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Thank you to our wonderful friends that have visited The Shambles and shared food and drinks with us over the years. We built this place in the hopes that we could share it with you and build community together, and we are very proud of the work that we have done here. We are disappointed to make this announcement, but if we are able to find the right folks to take over we hope to continue to enjoy The Shambles alongside you for years to come.

January 1st – We’re BACK! Listen, it’s no surprise that COVID has been tough on restaurants. As we were coming to the end of our lease, we decided not to renew and instead went about looking for someone to continue the Shambles legacy. Well, good things take time, and by the time our lease was up we still didn’t have a buyer


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But that’s not the end of the story.

We’ve heard from our friends and neighbors that they love the freaking Shambles and we don’t want to scrap the wood and hope a dentist will have better luck in the space. So while we keep looking for a buyer, we are paring down, keeping the heart of what we do, and moving into the next chapter with a limited-time steakhouse pop-up.

Here’s how it works

  • Every day we will have one cut of steak. Limited quantities available.
  • We will let you know what cuts are available every Wednesday on social media.
  • We will have a limited number of side options, but there will be options.
  • All our steaks with be sous vide ready for a perfect reverse sear to Medium Rare.
  • Once we are sold out of steaks for the day, we are closed.
  • Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of beer, wine, and liquor to go around.
  • Five pm to whenever we are sold out, Wednesday through Sunday.
  • See you next year starting on January 5th.


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