B-TOWN BIZ: ‘The Point’ will be open for preview weekend starting at 4pm Friday

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Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer

As we first reported last May, the new restaurant/sports bar ‘The Point Liquor & Eats’ has taken over – and seriously renovated – the old Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub location, and will be holding a preview opening this weekend, starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17.

“We will have a limited dining menu for the preview weekend,” they said on Facebook. “We appreciate the amazing amount of support and patience the community has given us. We hope to see you soon!”

Hours for this weekend will be:

  • Friday, June 17: open at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18: open at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 19: open at 11 a.m.

We had an opportunity to stop in to The Point for a sneak preview this week, and were very impressed with the joint, from its polished cement floors, new ceiling tiles that buffer the noise, to numerous, gorgeous HD screens (perhaps 4K resolution?), to the selection of menu items (we had the On Point Pasta), large beer and drink selection, fine furnishings, sleek bathrooms and more.

‘The Point’ owner Rita Dixson also owns ‘The Bridge’ in West Seattle.

But what impressed me most was how owner Rita Dixson runs it. At one point while sitting at the bar, I counted nine people working behind it. Now usually in a bar this size, you’d see one or two – but there were nine here! And all were busy, bustling about getting something for someone somewhere. Also, at one point Rita marched back behind the bar and counted down, choreographing the bar help to switch positions, which they did like well-rehearsed dancers.

Rita appears to have perfected what I have come to call ‘bar feng shui‘ as at times it felt like I was in a bustling bar in the heart of Manhattan. And no, I’m not talking about the neighborhood where the QFC is – I’m talkin’ NYC, baby. Crowd density is a key to making a bar feel like it’s not only busy and fun, but hip as well, and Rita’s got that figured out (in all fairness, I first noticed this ‘feng shui’ phenomena at local fave The Tin Room Bar).

The original Mick Kelly’s first opened in September, 2005, and was owned by Mick Purdy and Adrian Kelly. They were named “Business Leaders of the Year” in 2007 by the City of Burien.

Mick sold his half in early 2012, and Adrian stayed on as a partner until around July, 2013.

Prior to it being an Irish pub, the building was a Chinese restaurant at various times, then was called the Silver Swan for a while, and just before Mick and Adrian took it over it was called The Shaft.

Rita Dixon took possession of this property on May 1, 2015.

The Point is located at 435 SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien.

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3 Responses to “B-TOWN BIZ: ‘The Point’ will be open for preview weekend starting at 4pm Friday”
  1. Dave says:

    The Bridge is my go-to West Seattle bar, so I’m stoked to see Rita open a new place here in Burien.

  2. Christine says:

    My husband and I ate there last night and it was great! We love that it is 21 and older and that they have a good selection of beer. The highlight ended up being the food. Usually in a bar we just hope for a solid burger but the menu was far more interesting, I had the chicken tacos and my husband had the curry chicken wrap and we split the seasoned fried chic peas. Everything was tasty and we are completely in love with the chic peas. Elliott Bay has fabulous beer but the food was better at The Point.

  3. Sara Marie says:

    Love, love, love The Point! Our go-tos in B-town are Filibertos, Black Zia, and Greek House aaaaand…that’s pretty much it. I feel strongly about keeping my business local as much as I possibly can and cool businesss like The Point incentivize that for certain. So happy to have a new local – and quite amazing! – spot for happy hour/dinner and a great (truly great!) spot to watch the game.

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