Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups
This week: Two highly anticipated eateries open, Shanik eyes early December, and a new brewery sets up in Redmond.
Marination Ma Kai
The wait is finally over. The latest addition to the Marination family is open at the Seacreat Boathouse, complete with boozy shave ice, a waterside patio, and an expanded food menu. Free coffee is happening every morning until the breakfast menu rolls out.
The Wandering Goose
Long lines are already forming at Heather Earnhardt's down-home, 30-seat cafe, which opened Monday on Capitol Hill. They're coming for Earnhardt's signature pastries and southern-inspired comfort food (biscuits!).
Voxx Coffee: Downtown
The popular Eastlake Ave coffee shop has opened a second location on the corner of Sixth and University. This new iteration imports the same menu of sandwiches, wraps, and pastries and custom Lighthouse blends, plus that comely retro design.
Former Chez Shea chef Mutsuko Soma and the owners of Miyabi restaurant in Tukwila hope to open November 4 in the former Rain Sushi space at 2208 N 45th Street. The soba house will serve handcut noodles (a rarity in these parts, says Soma) made with locally-grown buckwheat.
Chef and owner Meeru Dhalwala is eyeing early December for Shanik, the Vij's sibling restaurant she's planting at 500 Terry Ave N. Dhalwala and business partner Oğuz Istif are preparing a Himilayas-inspired dining room and lounge, as well as a small takeout area. They are also offering value-added gift certificates for purchase before Shanik officially opens.
While Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi ready the new Joule at the Fremont Collective, the restaurant's former home on N 45th is making way for a Japanese reaturant, reports Wallyhood. Think more yakitori and less sushi. Yoroshiku, which translates to "Nice to see/meet you," is slated to open in mid-October.
Seattle Beer News reports that a new brewing operation and taproom, Hi-Fi Brewery, is opening at 14950 NE 95th St in Redmond. Owners and former homebrewers John and Cathy Carothers, Joe Rovito, and Ryan McGee expect to open in 2013.
Popular local baker Andrew Meltzer has left Stopsky's Delicatessenon Mercer Island. He says he has possible new projects percolating, and plans to visit India this winter for inspiration. Robby Preble, who has 30 years of experience under his belt, is taking over for Meltzer.
Robin Leventhal, of the erstwhile Crave on Capitol Hill and formerly Stopsky's Delicatessen, and a former Top Chef contestant, is on board as "creative support" for chef Gabe Skoda. Eater Seattle reports she will develop tasting menus and weekly specials, while helping train the kitchen staff and deal with operational logistics.
Linda Derschang's taxidermied pub is out a chef once again. Recent hire Chris Howell is returning to the Tom Douglas empire, to cook at Brave Horse Tavern, says The Stranger. No details yet on who will fill the post.
The Japanese-French fusion restaurant on Third Avenue has shuttered, according to Eater Seattle. Owners Ganbat and Sally Puntsag have moved to Los Angeles for family reasons, says a restaurant spokesman. The property already has new, "highly experienced" owners who are planning to remodel and open with a new concept.