Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups
This Week: Bigfood opens at the Armory, more beer and barbecue in Ballard.
Tippe and Drague Alehouse
With a new mural and the interior almost completed, it seems Beacon Hill drinkers will be able to taste the taps of Tippe and Drague by the end of this month, says Beacon Hill Blog. Bonus: The alehouse will offer a backyard beer garden.
Casey Cooper and Deke Kotrla have transformed a former FedEx truck into this mobile enterprise set to debut in August or early September. On the menu: a variety of Australian-style meat pies in flavors like seafood chowder, steak and onion, and pancetta mac and cheese.
Marination Ma Kai
Construction at the Seacrest Boathouse concession started this week, which means West Seattle is one step closer to having its own Marination. Owners Roz Edison and Kamala Saxton have named the property Marination Ma Kai and are planning a full bar, some new menu items, and, awesomely, boozy shave ice.
Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
The barbecue scene in Ballard is kicking like a bull at a rodeo, and this most recent addition is slated for late July or early August. Owners Zak Melang and Nate Opper have transformed a historic 4,400-square-foot warehouse into a sleek haven of southern grub (and, of course, whiskey). Nosh Pit got an exclusive look around.
Adam and Grace Robbings will open their microbrewery and taproom, named for the son whose Father’s Day gift, a homebrew kit, inspired Adam’s fondness for beer, on August 5. Look for 12 taps, including several of the Ballard operation’s own ales.
People’s Republic of Koffee, Scratch Deli
Ian Thatcher of Scratch Deli food truck is now behind the counter as part of a new partnership with People’s owner Tristan Devin, reports CHS. The sandwich maestro is preparing a rotating roster of sandwiches, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
After being cut loose from Restaurant Bea, cicerone Rich Coffey is parlaying his expertise into a new venture, Estaminet, inspired by the small beer cafes of France and Belgium. Keep tabs on upcoming beer-themed pop-ups on the Estaminet Facebook page.
After 20 years, owner Jeremy Hardy thinks it’s time for a remodel, says CHS. The makeover is planned over two weeks in September, and will result in a new shell bar and fish-cutting station, a large bar, and roll-up doors.
The popular Sicilian restaurant on the corner of Rainier and South Edmunds is on the market, but general manager Pepa Brower says a switchover isn’t likely to happen soon. "There’s not a sense of urgency the way you might expect when you put a business up for sale," Brower told Nosh Pit.
Thai Curry Simple
According to CHS, Thai Curry Simple is vacating its walk-up as construction begins on a new apartment complex. The owners are looking for a new location but there are no definite plans yet. Head up the Hill for Thai iced tea or curry before lights go out on July 27.