What is the future of Seattle

It's music to our ears.

If you listen to the national media, you might think Seattle is turning into a ghost town. All that's missing is a few tumbleweeds and a shootout around noon.

But as every resident knows, Washington’s largest city has been through it all before. Booms and busts of epic proportions. And with every turn of luck, its brave citizens make the place better than ever.

Such is the case with the owners of the Crocodile - you know, the place where nirvana, pearl jam, and grunge music were born.

In the middle of a pandemic, the owners put a lot of money into the city and its music. Although live music will probably not be allowed until September next year, the crocodile is moving into new trenches - old El Gaucho in Belltown. While the new room isn't far from its current room, which they left to the developers, it does allow the crocodile to spread its wings a little further. In a token of the utmost confidence, the owners signed a 20-year lease. The music scene is alive and well and it will be decades before the crocodile has its say.

A new concert hall will be built on the ground floor of the famous Seattle restaurant, which will seat 750 guests, about 200 more than the original Croc. The iconic gaucho bar will be retained. On the lower level there will be a 300 seat space for more intimate shows. A new comedy club / common room with 96 seats will replace the old second film house next door. And if that weren't enough, the club will keep the inn on the top floor. There will be a little rock and roll makeover, but guests can stay where they play, as can touring acts.

It's just another vote of confidence in a city known for taking storm after storm and getting out of it bigger and better. Given Washington's rich track record - from Bing Crosby and Soundgarden to Jimi Hendrix and Dave Matthews - it is certain that once the pandemic is suppressed, live music and entertainment in general will return bigger and better than ever.

Read more about the new crocodile in The Seattle Times.