Ever the culinary visionary, Tom Douglas has divulged plans to preside over a salmon bake meant to lure 250 locals and tourists to Victor Steinbrueck Park on weekend nights. He’s thinking Native American dancers, a bonfire, $12 plates of salmon and sides — as a festive way to make the park more attractive to folks who view it as little more than a living room for drunkards and panhandlers.
Tom says he’s “desperate to clean up that corner” adjacent to two of his multitude of restaurants (Etta’s and its not-yet-open next-door sibling) near Pike Place Market, and is seeking a city permit to turn the park and its fire pit into Northwest version of a Hawaiian luau. Read my colleague Emily Heffter’s full report, right here. And yo, Tom: if you pull this off, I expect you to set up a stage on the first night, grab a mike and belt out “This Was a Real Nice Salmon Bake,” a la Rogers & Hammerstein. I’m already working on tweaking the lyrics for you.
Northwest Salmon Bake? Aloha, oi!
[Tom Douglas, Seattle Times photo: Greg Gilbert; Don Ho: Associated Press, 1977]