The J-Bay Bar & Grill, formerly Juanita Bay Pub on NE 120th, is open and their bar is attracting a consistent crowd already. The parking lot looks jammed every night! The first thing they did right was that they got the s-t-i-n-k of the previous establishment out of there. I don't know how they did it- aerators, sandblasting, fresh paint, Glade plug-ins, magic spells?? Whatever it was, it makes a huge difference to inhale some clear air when you walk in.
They have definitely up-scaled it from its previous stature. There are lots of TV's and a big open bar area with lots of seating and plenty of tall boobily fishnet ladies to fetch you a cold brewsky or martini. It's no wonder there's mostly dudes in there, but with the football games going in HD, it's a fair argument that could be the lure too. Sad to say it's not the food- I had some creole prawns and Steve had the roasted vegetable penne pasta - maybe the dining area is bland to match the cuisine, but they are still working the kinks out I'm sure. If I was looking for a casual local spot to have a beer (and maybe a burger would have been a better choice) and watch a game it would be a GREAT spot to hang out in the bar.
So, go try it out for yourself and let us know what you think. Steve is already asking to go back- he may have mumbled something about the thigh-high patent boots but I can't be sure ;-). ~j