King's Hardware is the kind of place that makes me want to move to Ballard so I can legitimately claim it as my neighborhood bar. I admit I once...

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King’s Hardware is the kind of place that makes me want to move to Ballard so I can legitimately claim it as my neighborhood bar. I admit I once had attitude about Ballard, but I’m pretty sure it’s the only place in town where I can play Skee-Ball and eat 14 kinds of hamburgers on a Wednesday night.

Co-owner Linda Derschang converted the longtime hardware store into an unpretentious “old mountain bar” and filled the space with “stuff I like” — taxidermy, wagon wheels, a jukebox, old photographs. (Stuff I like: the bar’s huge outdoor patio and its proximity to Rudy’s Barbershop, just in case I need a late-night emergency haircut.)

“I like creating businesses in the neighborhoods where I want to spend my time,” says Derschang, whose many ventures include Linda’s Tavern and Baltic Room on Capitol Hill and Viceroy in Belltown. “Ballard is my favorite neighborhood in Seattle right now.”

King’s Hardware (206-782-0027) is located at 5225 Ballard Ave. N.W., and has a hamburger with peanut butter and bacon (“The After School Special”) on the menu. Says Derschang: “It’s surprisingly good.”

Pamela Sitt: 206-464-2376 or psitt@seattletimes.com