I wrote here about the 2 Bit Saloon in Ballard and it’s excellent equine sign. And also traced the etymology of the bar’s name from “Big Shagatha” to “2 Bit.” The most recent change in ownership and the addition of the “2” happened last year. The Ballard News Tribune has the full story here about the couple from Burien that leased, renovated, and reopened the bar in May 2010. The female partner, Jessica Young, is an experienced bar tender, her male counterpart apparently has “lots of experience in going to bars.” I’m sure he knew that would come in handy some day.
The neon horse survived the makeover more or less intact; the modest Henry mural (shown above) did not. And has instead been superseded by an elaborate work that the News Tribune describes as: “a herd of galloping horses, a steaming train and a mural of the late Capt. Phil Harris of the Deadliest Catch, who Young described as a Ballard hero.”
I’ve never actually watched the Deadliest Catch TV show, but according to a recent article in the New York Times—which incorrectly identifies the show as Dangerous Catch in the print version—it has a core audience of 5 million viewers. One of the points of the article is that the folks who watch the Deadliest Catch and its “brawny brethren” of similar “tough-guy TV” is “mostly white-collar guys … baby-handed men.” The author continues with respect to Captain Phil Harris:
You can even score a Captain Phil tribute T-shirt. The death of Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia Marie, was chronicled last year on “Deadliest Catch,” spurring record ratings.
More details are available here, but I guess if you’re interested in the Deadliest Catch you probably already know all about it (and probably have “baby hands”). And here’s the photo the mural is obviously based on. Personally, I don’t think they got his shoulders quite right.