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G’NIGHT: The Palm

Steakhouse chain vacating 6th & J spot; Ty Hauter strikes again

By Troy Johnson

Park your car too long in Downtown and Ty Hauter will put a bar concept in it. Hauter’s company Good Time Design has emerged as one of the area’s most active nightlife architects—especially true on Block 16 (between 6th and 7th Streets and J & K Streets), where he already has a hand in Blind Burro, Moonshine Flats (replacing his concept, Block No. 16 Union & Spirits), Lucky’s Lunch Counter, Cat Eye Club, and Culy Warehouse. Now he and two partners have secured the prime corner spot at 6th & J, occupied for the last eight years by steakhouse chain The Palm. His partners in the collaboration have built their own come-as-you-are casual bar empires—Joe Vaught of Verant Group (True North, Tavern at the Beach, Sandbar, etc.) and Todd Brown (Bub’s Dive Bar).

When The Palm closes on Dec. 31, the trio will get to building out an upscale seafood restaurant with a raw bar/sushi bar. Focus is on a “social dining experience,” which has been the m.o. of other Good Time Design locations. The décor will reportedly have an old-school pier feel along the lines of Fisherman’s Wharf and Pike Place Market. For the best advance vision of what it’ll look and feel like, Hauter’s people point to Catch in NYC.

Projected open: early 2014.

The Palm’s last night will be Dec. 31.

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