Somehow, my informal dinner after the signing on the 21st has turned into a bit bigger deal than usual. There are at least 7 confirmed attendees (and about 5 more tentative attendees). And one of the confirmed attendees is the author himself, as book tour organizers are notoriously bad about feeding their authors and he's keen on the idea of not passing out due to malnutrition. This is understandable, but adds the caveat that we can't leave until the signing is done. This means about 10pm, maybe a little earlier.
(Plus, I think UBS may be a wee bit optimistic in assuming that this signing will end at 9 and it will only take an hour to sign stock for the store.)
So I'm trying to find a place that is open late on Mondays, will take a party of up to 15 people at 10pm, isn't too loud (sports bars are right out), and isn't an overly long drive from the U District. So far, everywhere I've looked into fails one of those criteria. Stella's, not open on Monday. Jai Thai, maybe too loud. Blue Star (the usual Vanguard hangout), closes at 11 and the kitchen closes at 10. Etc.
Any other Seattlites have some thoughts before I continue to look?