The Matador restaurant announced today the relocation of its Ballard venue to an expanded space at 5410 Ballard Avenue NW. To commemorate the end of its current operation at 2221 NW Market Street, The Matador will celebrate one last Top Shelf Tuesday on April 20 then close its doors in a festive fashion with a farewell party on April 23 and 24. The new location will begin serving the public with a grand opening on April 30.

The new 5,000-square-foot restaurant and patio space will offer the fresh, scratch-made dishes and libations that have cemented The Matador as a beloved Seattle institution, with a special emphasis on creating an elevated, design-centric ambiance. The restaurant will feature thoughtful touches such as hand-crafted metalwork and bartops as well as vintage lighting fixtures custom built in Mexico. The décor will also feature bespoke bull skulls painted by local artists and tattooists, which will be available for sale, with the proceeds going to charity. The building itself offers many venues for revelry, including a patio with outdoor seating and multiple options for private parties and events, including a back bar and upstairs area.

“Our team has put an incredible amount of effort and attention into the entire design of our new Ballard location,” said Zak Melang, co-founder of The Matador. “All of our restaurant interiors reflect the craft, heart, soul and sense of adventure that live inside every good bottle of tequila—and we are taking it a step further in our latest space. We want our guests to feel as though they are stepping into a work of art when they walk through the doors.”

While design is at the forefront of The Matador, tequila and mezcal are also integral aspects of the restaurant’s focus, and this new location will be no exception. The back bar will be transformed into a mezcaleria, initially offering over 60 varieties, with the ambition of becoming the largest and most diverse selection of mezcal in the Pacific Northwest.

“Our goal is to have something for everybody,” said Beverage Director Brian Livesay. “From beginner-friendly, accessible bottles all the way up to rare agave varietals for the advanced mezcal connoisseur and limited-time specialty cocktails, our new mezcaleria aims to be a crowd-pleaser and completely unique spirit experience in the Ballard community.”

The Matador will launch its new Ballard location with a nod to the past during its opening weekend, April 30 through May 2, offering original pricing from the now-iconic happy hour menu’s debut on the Ballard dining scene in 2004, such as $3 and $4 dishes, including the popular Grande Nachos. Guests will have another chance to celebrate with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner: The Matador will extend beer and tequila specials all day long, including a scratch-made “Cinco-rita.” It will also continue its Top Shelf Tuesday offering in the new location (half off all tequilas priced at $14 and up, as well as a Top Shelf Margarita, highlighting a new tequila each month).

Contingent on Healthy Washington phases, The Matador’s new Ballard location will be open Sunday through Thursday from 12:00 to 11:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Happy hour will be offered from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily, and a late-night happy hour on Friday and Saturday will run from 10:00 p.m. until last call.

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