First-time bar owners Michael Maione and his wife, Jean Wallace, are getting a rapid lesson in the Belltown scene. Maione, who grew up in Seattle, lived and worked in Florida for a number of years, where there are plenty of joints with names like "Some Random." Eager to return home and run a place of his own, he learned that the price of the vacated C.S. Finnegan's space had dropped by half, so he pounced.
But he needs to take a better look at the neighborhood, starting with Black Bottle, right next door. Black Bottle celebrated its 8th birthday last week, and continues to surf a groundswell of popularity based on its "hardworking" wines and reasonably priced food. Case in point: Random's two modest (though tasty) pork belly sliders with a modest (though tasty) scoop of slaw: standard bar food all over town, but, at $13, overpriced by at least $5.
Two sliders, one glass of wine and one beer: $30 and change: that's not random, that's just out of line.