June 10

New to SLU: King Leroy

Chef Renee Erickson’s next project is now open.

The list of fantastic bars in South Lake Union keeps growing. Chef Renee Erickson, whose Sea Creatures company runs Willmott’s Ghost and Deep Dive in The Spheres, is setting up shop in the long vacant Kiki Ramen location in The Regrade. Her latest venture, King Leroy, pays homage to classic Northwest bars with its 1970s vibe.

King Leroy also celebrates Erickson’s close relationship with Portland chef Cameron Addy, who passed suddenly in 2020. The bar’s name, and much of its menu, is influenced by Addy.

“We want the space to feel like a big hug—a place where folks can feel at home, a place where people can have fun, eat wings, watch the game, listen to music, maybe even sing karaoke. These were Cameron’s favorite types of places, and we are going to do our best to honor him here,” Erickson said.

People sitting and drinking at a bar in the evening.

A basket of fried chicken wings on green check parchment paper.

Proceeds from sales at King Leroy fund the Cameron Addy Culinary Scholarship, offering financial support to culinary arts students at Seattle Community Colleges.

The menu features a mix of pub snacks and larger items that you can easily cobble together for a filling meal. Think beef jerky from Bateau, CB’s Peanuts, smoked oysters, a variety of dips, and house made jalapeno poppers. The sandwich lineup includes fried bologna, a fancy grilled cheese, and blackened cod. Plus, the GSB Boss Burger, which is a highlight from neighbor Great State Burger, is on offer. King Leroy rounds out its bites with orders of buttermilk-brined fried whole chicken wings.

Thirst quenchers include a nice mix of drafts, cans, and bottles, but the cocktails at King Leroy steal the show. Keep the parch at bay with a Baja Mezcalita (Benhez Mezcal, cilantro-jalapeno syrup, tajin chili rim) or Uncle Rick’s Milk Punch (clarified milk punch infused with key lime, earl grey, graham crackers, cinnamon, vanilla, and fancy French brandy).

King Leroy is now open at 2051 Seventh Avenue, Monday through Friday from 11am to 11pm.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs by Eric Tra.

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