Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups
This week: Tom Douglas plans four new eateries, Il Corvo scouts a bigger home, and a long-awaited food truck makes it debut.
After a few setbacks this summer, the grilled cheese food truck is ready to roll out October 22. Owner Danielle Custer will offer innovative takes on the beloved comfort food, using artisan cheeses and breads from local favorites. Keep up to date with the truck's whereabouts via Facebook and Twitter.
Ampersand Pantry and Cafe
Phinneywood posts that a new grocer and deli will open Monday on 85th Street. Ampersand will serve homemade breakfast items, Seven Coffee Roasters, local produce, specialty pantry items, as well as beer and wine from all over the world.
Fish Cake Factory
Jo and Arnon Kaseter have opened their fishcentric Thai restaurant in Belltown, reports Eater Seattle. Chef Vimonsri Wongjaraen, formerly of Bai Tong, is in the kitchen cooking up adventurous dishes like ginger-steamed fish, trout salad, and tod mun pla (fried cakes made from ladyfish paste, red chili paste, and kaffir lime) alongside general Thai fare.
Peddler Brewing Company
Another month, another brewery in Ballard. According to MyBallard, Peddler Brewing Company has applied for a liquor license at the former Maritime Pacific Brewing building at 1514 Leary Ave NW. Beers on tap will include Belgian Lights, Snow Beer'd, Oktoberfest, Peddler Moon, and Saison. No word on an opening date.
The Whale Wins
The countdown continues for Renee Erickson's new restaurant at the Fremont Collective. Erickson hopes to open in two to three weeks with a newly installed wood-burning oven. Marie Rutherford, chef de cuisine from Erikson's original restaurant Boat Street, will helm the kitchen inspired by southern Europe and northern Africa. Seattle native Jay Guerrero, once of Prune in New York City, is replacing Rutherford at Boat Street.
New Tom Douglas Project
T-Doug don't stop. The restaurant titan has announced plans for four new eateries for the Via6 apartment complex going up at Sixth and Lenora. The 10,000-square-foot space he's leased will include a bakery, cafe, restaurant called Grange Hall, and market carrying a Tom Douglas line of prepared foods, according to the Seattle Times. Openings should happen in spring.
Eric Donnely is leaving his post at Toulouse Petit to pursue his own restaurant, reports Seattle Weekly. RockCreek will open in Fremont and focus primarily on seafood with several homemade pastas in the mix.
Marjorie: Lauri Carter
Seattle Weekly reports longtime chef Lauri Carter (Lecosho, Harvest Vine, Moxie) is retiring from the kitchen due to persistent pain in her wrist brought on from 20 years of cooking. She is currently down to working two days a week as she prepares for a new career in real estate.
Henry and Oscar's
Phil Collins, a 35-year kitchen veteran, is the new executive chef at Henry and Oscar's on Fourth Avenue in Belltown, posts Eater Seattle. Formerly chef de cuisine for Artisanal in New York, Collins promises "local, seasonal, and sustainable dishes."
Charley and May
What has always been a reliable shop for totes, T-shirts, and animal-inspired bookends is also now a destination for locally made candy. Owner Lauren Formicola has dedicated a corner of Charley and May to a rotating showcase of sweets. Current offerings include lollipops from This Charming Candy in Maple Leaf and truffles from Lesley's Gourmet.
The former mercantile and deli opened by the Cantinetta team underwent a revamp and is now a full-fledged Tuscan-style pizzeria serving thin crust, brick oven pies, various antipasti, and several sandwiches. Full bar, too.
Wheeler Street Kitchen: Tanglewood Supreme
Magnolia will soon be home to a new seafood bistro spearheaded by local Kent Chappelle. Magnolia Voice reports that Chappelle hopes to open Tanglewood Supreme by the end of October after a modest remodel of the former Wheeler Street Kitchen. The restaurant will feature locally sourced, upscale seafood dishes inspired by not only the Northwest but also the Pacific Rim and the Mediterranean.
The reopening of Coastal Kitchen, closed since September 23 for a remodel, is pushed back to October 20, says Eater Seattle. New features include an oyster bar, an expanded cocktail focus, and a new menu touting entirely sustainable seafood.
Chino's: Unnamed Americana Tavern
According to CHS, James Snyder, son of the Red Robin founding family, is planning an Americana tavern at the erstwhile Chino's at 11th Ave and Pike Street. He is shooting for a mid-November to December opening.
Cloves Restaurant: Krua Thai Family Kitchen
The Ravenna Krua Thai team is opening a second location at 12 Mercer Street, formerly occupied by Cloves Restaurant. Queen Anne View talked with a Krua Thai rep, who says the new space is much larger than the Ravenna location, and that the menu will remain the same with the addition of beer and wine.
Owner Mike Easton tells Seattle Weekly he is scouting a larger spot for his ultra-popular pasta place. For the past year and a half, Il Corvo has shared a space with Procopio with only partial kitchen access. The Pioneer Square spot he's bidding on is 1,600 square feet and two levels.
Peet's Coffee and Tea: Capitol Hill
CHS posts a statement from Peet's, stating the light rail construction has taken its toll on business and is forcing a temporary closure. The Capitol Hill cafe will reopen upon completion of the transit station.
After nearly 40 years, the iconic waterfront restaurant will close for eight to 10 weeks for a major remodel starting October 15. The upstairs Ray's Cafe will remain open but is scheduled for its own remodel in 2013. The renovated Boathouse will feature a new bar and new menus.