Opal Bistro reopens as 21+ Flow Lounge

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 by master


First the signs in the window read “Watch for the Monkey,” Then the monkey told us to “Watch for the flow.” After months of debate as to what would follow the late Opal Bistro, which closed back on Halloween night, I’ve finally gotten to the bottom of the monkey mystery at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N. The former Opal Bistro has reopened as Flow, a 21 and over cocktail lounge.

Flow Lounge

I spoke with owner, Orrapin, who said that after two years in Queen Anne, Opal Bistro just wasn’t working.

“Fine dining doesn’t work up here,” she said. “I think in this economy anything that pricey just isn’t going to work. I’m trying to accommodate the community.”

Instead of closing up shop Orrapin, who also owns Orrapin Thai Cuisine next door, decided to reinvent the corner spot and make it into something new – a cocktail lounge with an array of drinks, small bites and a much cheaper menu.

Orrapin describes her vision for the new restaurant as “A place where you can have a drink, bring a friend over, have a small meal.” She decided to make Flow 21 and up because she says Queen Anne “has enough family restaurants.” She wanted Flow to be an affordable place for patrons to “wind down” after a long day.

Flow Lounge

The two level interior is decked out with tall tables, stools and creative couches, and is, as most lounges, dimly lit. Drinks range from $3 bottled beers to $10 for the pricier cocktails. The menu offers three salad choices, a variety of appetizers (or “small bites”) including seared scallops ($6) and lemongrass pork satay ($5), a handful of bigger meals, and a daily selection of desserts. The most expensive dishes on the menu? Grilled wild salmon served with sauteed veggies, and a 6 oz rib eye steak with sauteed mushrooms, both at $12 a pop.

Flow also has a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily that boasts red and white wines for $4 a class, the cocktail of the day for $5, $3 garlic fries, and a $5 mini cheeseburger, to name a few.

Flow had its soft opening on Saturday, January 30. They’re open daily, from 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

As for the Monkey? Orrapin laughed as she explained the mystery behind the very demanding monkey hanging in the window all those months. “The monkey is my sign,” she said. “That’s me! Without using my name, when it said ‘Watch for the Monkey,’ it was saying watch for me.”


28 responses to “Opal Bistro reopens as 21+ Flow Lounge”

  1. QAHill says:

    Interesting. The beer prices are right. Looks like they'll be in direct competition with Paragon for being the new meat market area on Friday/Saturday nights?

    Food prices seem reasonable. Hope they don't have meager portions for the price.

  2. QAHill says:

    Interesting. The beer prices are right. Looks like they'll be in direct competition with Paragon for being the new meat market area on Friday/Saturday nights?

    Food prices seem reasonable. Hope they don't have meager portions for the price.

  3. Tyler says:

    The top of the hill needs more family friendly restaurants, not less.

    At least they were correct in observing that fine dining doesn't really work well up here.

    You want to know how to make several million dollars? Turn the old Blockbuster into some sort of McMenimins- Vios- TS McHugh hybrid. It's big enough, the location is stellar, and it has some parking. QA is teeming with young families who'd love to get a burger and a beer with kids in tow at a reasonbly-priced, laid back place.

    The 5 spot is the only option for that now and the lines are horific and the food is horrid, imo. I've never understood how that place stays alive.

  4. Tyler says:

    The top of the hill needs more family friendly restaurants, not less.

    At least they were correct in observing that fine dining doesn't really work well up here.

    You want to know how to make several million dollars? Turn the old Blockbuster into some sort of McMenimins- Vios- TS McHugh hybrid. It's big enough, the location is stellar, and it has some parking. QA is teeming with young families who'd love to get a burger and a beer with kids in tow at a reasonbly-priced, laid back place.

    The 5 spot is the only option for that now and the lines are horific and the food is horrid, imo. I've never understood how that place stays alive.

  5. WishILivedOnQA says:

    I've been twice and really like the setting. I sat with my sister for several hours just enjoying wine and trying different small bites. It was great.

    I did love Opal, the food was always amazing, but the price point was higher so it wasn't somewhere I could go on a regular basis. I think, and hope, the concept of Flow will be a better fit on top of the hill. It is somewhere I can see myself being able to afford on a regular basis. A good spot to grab a drink with a friend.

  6. WishILivedOnQA says:

    I've been twice and really like the setting. I sat with my sister for several hours just enjoying wine and trying different small bites. It was great.

    I did love Opal, the food was always amazing, but the price point was higher so it wasn't somewhere I could go on a regular basis. I think, and hope, the concept of Flow will be a better fit on top of the hill. It is somewhere I can see myself being able to afford on a regular basis. A good spot to grab a drink with a friend.

  7. Tyler says:

    The top of the hill needs more family friendly restaurants, not less.

    At least they were correct in observing that fine dining doesn't really work well up here.

    You want to know how to make several million dollars? Turn the old Blockbuster into some sort of McMenimins- Vios- TS McHugh hybrid. It's big enough, the location is stellar, and it has some parking. QA is teeming with young families who'd love to get a burger and a beer with kids in tow at a reasonbly-priced, laid back place.

    The 5 spot is the only option for that now and the lines are horific and the food is horrid, imo. I've never understood how that place stays alive.

  8. Tyler says:

    The top of the hill needs more family friendly restaurants, not less.

    At least they were correct in observing that fine dining doesn't really work well up here.

    You want to know how to make several million dollars? Turn the old Blockbuster into some sort of McMenimins- Vios- TS McHugh hybrid. It's big enough, the location is stellar, and it has some parking. QA is teeming with young families who'd love to get a burger and a beer with kids in tow at a reasonbly-priced, laid back place.

    The 5 spot is the only option for that now and the lines are horific and the food is horrid, imo. I've never understood how that place stays alive.

  9. WishILivedOnQA says:

    I've been twice and really like the setting. I sat with my sister for several hours just enjoying wine and trying different small bites. It was great.

    I did love Opal, the food was always amazing, but the price point was higher so it wasn't somewhere I could go on a regular basis. I think, and hope, the concept of Flow will be a better fit on top of the hill. It is somewhere I can see myself being able to afford on a regular basis. A good spot to grab a drink with a friend.

  10. WishILivedOnQA says:

    I've been twice and really like the setting. I sat with my sister for several hours just enjoying wine and trying different small bites. It was great.

    I did love Opal, the food was always amazing, but the price point was higher so it wasn't somewhere I could go on a regular basis. I think, and hope, the concept of Flow will be a better fit on top of the hill. It is somewhere I can see myself being able to afford on a regular basis. A good spot to grab a drink with a friend.

  11. QueenAnneGirl says:

    Went there with my husband the other night, it was SO underwhelming. We tried to like Opal, Opal Bistro and now Flow. Just can't. The food was horrible. The calamari looked and tasted freezer burnt. The “Garlic Fries” were like McDonalds fried with some garlic powder sprinkled on top and the pot stickers resembled something from the freezer section at Safeway. We didn't try anything else. I really want a place to succeed here as it's a fantastic location, but I see Flow will also fail. Too bad.

  12. QueenAnneGirl says:

    Went there with my husband the other night, it was SO underwhelming. We tried to like Opal, Opal Bistro and now Flow. Just can't. The food was horrible. The calamari looked and tasted freezer burnt. The “Garlic Fries” were like McDonalds fried with some garlic powder sprinkled on top and the pot stickers resembled something from the freezer section at Safeway. We didn't try anything else. I really want a place to succeed here as it's a fantastic location, but I see Flow will also fail. Too bad.

  13. mbbo says:

    Not only was I not impressed…I also got very, very sick. My boyfriend and I pretty much eat every meal together…but the night I ate at Flow I met up with a girlfriend and had the less than spectacular fries and garlic wings. Around 430 in the morning I became violently ill and stayed that way for two days. The doctor said it was food poisoning. I have never had food poisoning in my life but I will NEVER go back to this restaurant and I even live a half a block away.

  14. mbbo says:

    Not only was I not impressed…I also got very, very sick. My boyfriend and I pretty much eat every meal together…but the night I ate at Flow I met up with a girlfriend and had the less than spectacular fries and garlic wings. Around 430 in the morning I became violently ill and stayed that way for two days. The doctor said it was food poisoning. I have never had food poisoning in my life but I will NEVER go back to this restaurant and I even live a half a block away.

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