Shifts and Shakeups
This Week in Restaurant News: Big Openings and Big News
Two established Seattle chefs unveil new restaurants, and another gives us something to look forward to in 2014.
Loulay Kitchen and Bar
Chef Thierry Rautureau's new downtown restaurant is officially open. The Chef in the Hat's new spot will have a French influence. The hot chocolate, or chocolat chaud for all you Francophiles, with toasted brioche promises to be a favorite, especially during these freezing mornings.
The people behind Boom Noodle are opening a new izakaya-inspired spot in Bellevue. Opening Monday, December 9, Kaisho’s menu will be divided into small plates, large plates, and family-style options. The menu is “designed for sharing,” so think Asian dishes served like tapas.
Chef Jason Wilson's new venture will be one-part open flames, one part nose-to-tail, at Hotel Max. Miller's Guild will be open for reservation-only previews starting Saturday, December 7.
Another new addition to University Village, Joey Kitchen hails from our neighbors up north (Canada, not Shorline), and will open Monday, December 9, to serve a variety of menu items, from steaks to seafood with a global twist. Plus, there's alcoholic slushies.
Beecher’s Cheese owner Kurt Dammeier’s new restaurant in U Village opened this week, serving “sophisticated” dishes like a kale caesar, cioppino, and what I’m most excited to try, Kurt’s tuna melt. Also Beecher’s mac and cheese will be on deck, plus a lengthy wine list.
Pam’s Lunch Kitchen
Just in time for winter, Pam’s (of U District fame) is bringing her bright Caribbean flavors to the Eastlake lunch crowd. The jerk chicken sandwich and specialty punches are stars of the show. And as our own Kathryn Robinson reported this might be the only place to get them in a while, as the location near campus will be closing due to light-rail construction.
Bill’s Off Broadway
The pizza joint and bar is taking a hiatus. After the Seahawks win on Monday night, Bill’s served its last drink, at least for the time being, as the building that houses the Pine Street icon is demolished. Bill’s is slated to move back into the space once the proposed two-year construction for the new building is completed, according to Capitol Hill Seattle blog.
Blind Pig Bistro
The intimate restaurant that was featured on our Best Restaurants list of 2012 has made some changes to the tasting menu. The price tag for the menu has been lowered, unlike the quality, taste, and popularity. The price will be fixed each day and range from $35-$45 dollars. For those eager to get in, call ahead, because reservations are now accepted.
The South Lake Union hotspot is expanding brunch service, adding Saturday since Sunday has been so popular. Now both weekend days you can get fried quail and waffles, pork-belly-and-egg sandwiches, duck confit frittata, and the like from 11-3.
Farm and Larder
The Clearview, Washington, farm is now offering CSA services so you can have a plethora of fresh veg, eggs, and pantry items like fresh pastas or wildflower honey delivered weekly to your door.
The popular South Lake Union Indian restaurant that has roots in Vancouver is turning one. To celebrate, owner and chef Meeru Dhalwala is throwing a weeklong party through Saturday, December 7. A special three-course dinner menu is being offered with optional wine pairings.
The brilliant mind behind Il Corvo, owner-chef Mike Easton, announced that his new pizza venture will be opening in Pioneer Square in late-spring/early-summer. The dough will be the star and the pizza will be made in the Roman tradition (think fluffy flat bread not overloaded with toppings).