When one thinks of Fremont, numerous buinesses come to mind. Here are a few of them.
After more than 70 years in business, the Buckaroo Tavern has stood firm in the spirit of change. Aside from the new ceiling, pool tables and courtesy wifi, this self-proclaimed dive bar does business the same way it did in 1938.
One of very few true taverns remaining in the city -the Buckaroo, 4201 Fremont Ave. N., does not serve hard liquor -the mood is light, despite its rugged appearance. Though it certainly feels like the Wild West inside, a quick glance up at the menu reminds you that you have not left Fremont: Proudly displayed are the words “Welcome to Fremont: Center of the Universe.”
“We get a lot of diff erent kinds of people in here because we’re so close to Aurora [Avenue North],” said Jill Watkins, the afternoon bartender. “Really, for the most part, we’re still doing business the same way we did back in the day.”
It seems the normal rules hardly apply to the Buckaroo and its gang of regulars. Customers often bring their own food or order pizza to the door, in the absence of a kitchen. The custom of tipping is transformed into a contest among patrons, as quarters whiz above head toward the tip jar behind the bar.
In many ways, the Buckaroo is intrinsically Fremont and business is unique in its old-fashioned methods. Accepting only cash and serving warm nuts and jerky are only the beginning.
A local watering hole in the truest sense, it’s no wonder why Seattle’s second-oldest bar feels a lot like home.
Take one step inside Fremont’s renowned Greek restaurant and immediately you are flown to another part of the world.
A native of Peloponnesia, Greece, owner Costas Antonopoulous arrived in America as a classically trained pastry chef in 1968. More than a decade later he opened the restaurant with the support of his entire family. To this day, the Antonopoulos family remains in the kitchen and on the dining room floor, at 3400 Fremont Ave. N., serving classic dishes born in the homeland.
“Everything we make is fresh and from scratch,” noted Antonopoulos behind his thick Greek inflection.
With an extensive menu and healthy portions, few leave Costas Opa unsettled and undernourished. Flip to the back page and you will find a short list of Greek words and phrases to practice with the wait staff .
When reminded of nearly 30 years in business, Antonopoulos smiled and said, “It is all about the food.”
Fremont, of course, has changed from 30 years ago. You just need to look out the window — no view of the canal anymore. That fact doesn’t seem to disturb the Antonopoulos family. Inside, a genuine Greek adventure still exists.
For musicians, Fremont’s Dusty Strings may be their haven. For the curious of mind, the descent down the stairs into Seattle’s preeminent acoustic music shop is worth the journey.
Owners Ray and Sue Mooers opened the space 30 years ago, building and selling handmade hammer dulcimers in the same space at 3406 Fremont Ave. N. More than 17,000 wooden soundboards later, business has expanded to cover the gamut of stringed instruments.
The production facility has since moved to an off -site location, aff ording Dusty Strings the space to host concerts and string workshop sessions. Specializing in handmade harps and dulcimers -two key instruments in traditional Scottish and Celtic folk music -the shop also features a large selection of acoustic and steel guitars, mandolins and ukuleles.