Last August reader Terry passed the word that the Funk Zone’s popular Brass Bear Brewing Company is opening a second location at 3302 McCaw Avenue, the former home of Café Stella. Reader Matt now tells me that the uptown Brass Bear had a soft opening on January 21. “We met friends there for dinner.. There is a nice kids play space in the back,” says Matt.

“Influenced by the funky vibes in the Funk Zone, we wanted Uptown to be unique,” says owners Lindsay and Seth Anderson. “We took our most beloved Funk Zone classics and added some new flavorful additions to the bunch. We have classy dinner fare, lunch grub, and soon brunch. Get lost in the colorful wallpapers or follow the stripes up the ceiling in the main dining room- Uptown is an unforgettable experience. Our private event space includes a bar, a divided turfed area, and a pool-sized indoor area to fit your event needs.”

The flagship Bear Brewing opened in Funk Zone in February 2016 and features craft beer, rotating guest taps, sparkling wine, cider and a menu that consists of locally sourced charcuterie boards, skewers of tri-tip, chicken, shrimp, occasionally shark, burgers, and hot toasted sandwiches. Visit


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