Jon Carlson discovered the street a long time ago--he opened Grizzly Peak on West Washington in 1995, and his 2Mission Design company is headquartered there. More recently he's followed up with the Blue Tractor and its basement bar, Mash, on East Washington--right across the street from the buildings where Lelcaj is now at work. "I almost feel guilty that we're going to benefit so much from the investment that Sava is making on Washington," he says.
Carlson himself isn't sitting on his hands: he says his Old German in the basement of Grizzly Peak will open in mid-June, serving German-style craft beer and a limited menu.
It will be, of course, a tribute to the Old German restaurant that stood on the spot for generations. The new bar's entrance will be on Ashley, the original Old German's side door. Though in mid-April the space was an empty shell, Carlson said all the hard work--like the moving of the bathrooms--had already been done; the rest, he says, will be "just cosmetic."
[Originally published in May, 2013.]