“I remember when my grandmother would bring me to NW 23 when Streets (department store) was here — it was the end of the area's heyday,” Seal said. “Even in college I got to go to a couple of rock shows at the Tower Theater before it was shut down all together.”
Resurgence in the area
Grandad's, a nonsmoking bar, joins a growing list of businesses and developers being drawn to NW 23, which is being re-branded as Uptown 23rd Street.
About a block west, at 600 NW 23, Pizza 23 and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt are set to open across the street from Big Truck Tacos, 530 NW 23. Big Truck Tacos, along with Cheever's Cafe, 2409 N Hudson, are an inspiration to Seal as he prepares to open his first bar.
“They rolled the dice, they were doing all right, and if there is to be a resurgence for the area, we want to be a part of it,” Seal said.
Seal's wife, Jennifer, is equally excited about the area's future and is helping relaunch the Uptown 23rd Street Association that was last led by Michael Smith, whose own interior design store once included the space now set to become Granddad's.
To date the association has signed up leading restaurants and shops in the area, hosted block cleanups and started social media promotion of the strip.