Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups: Week of July 15
Big news on the future of the Le Gourmand space and new projects for two James Beard–winning local chefs.
RGB Market (aka Rachel's Ginger Beer)
The much-awaited hybrid bar–soda fountain in Pike Place Market is finally opening this Saturday. After Seattle’s Best Coffee vacated the prime space in February, Rachel Marshall converted it into a haven of roughly 15 taps dispensing versions of her signature (nonalcoholic) creation, plus kegged cocktails. Marshall is also parterning with Cupcake Royale ice cream to offer frozen, blended concoctions made with ginger beer.
A year after its opening, the sweet Madrona restaurant closed its doors earlier this week. Owner Kate Perry didn't provide any specifics, but posted a farewell on her website. "I will all miss our supportive customers and want to thank you for coming in," she said.
The seafood chainlet is returning to Bothell for a second try after its former location closed three years ago. The new 2,020-square-foot-space will include indoor and outdoor seating and classic menu items featured at other locations. Ivar's Bothell will open sometime in August at Canyon Creek Shopping Center.
Chuck's Hop Shop
The family-friendly beer market and tap bonanza says it now plans to open in the Central District some time in late August or September, Central District News reports. Owner Chuck Shin has signed a 10-year lease on the space, which will have outdoor seating and parking lot space to host food trucks everyday. Expect to see 50 taps and a selection of craft beer bottles, but kids can hang out, too.
Brimmer and Heeltap
An English-style gastropub is set to open in the space that housed the iconic Le Gourmand in Ballard, Eater Seattle says. Brimmer and Heeltap's owner Jen Doak has big plans for the restaurant, including a floor paved with pennies, a spring menu filled with plenty of seafood dishes, and lots of beers on tap, house cocktails, wine, shrubs, and even and iced sweet corn tea.
The lunchtime Japanese bento popup is setting up shop at its own shop located at 5410 17th Ave NW, just off the main Market drag in Ballard. Jason Harris, Bloom Bento's chef and owner, is planning three types of ramen and popular bento items like koji chicken and braised pork shoulder, served up in actual plate form rather than a bento box. Harris expects to open soon, on August 7.
The Dish: Greenlake
Eater Seattle has news the quirky Fremont diner is expanding to a second location in Greenlake. Judy Fleissner, the Dish's owner, says Greenlake Dish won't change much from the orignal location. "It will have homemade recipes and it's still going to have the kind of funky art and stuff we get from peoples' travels and things people donate to us," she said. Keep your eye out for an early August opening.
First a stand at the Broadway farmers market, then a brunch pop-up inside La Bête, now the organic juice bar is settling into a brick-and-mortar location at 1517 12th Ave with a 25-seat cafe. JuiceBox owners Kari Brunson and Brandin Myett say the new location will have the same fresh-pressed, seasonal juice lineup as well as a full-on menu of healthy fare. Plus a little booze. Everything in moderation.
The Miller’s Guild
Jason Wilson, Crush chef and James Beard Award winner is opening a meaty new restaurant in Hotel Max at Seventh and Stewart around November. A custom-made 9-foot-long Infierno wood-fired grill will be the centerpiece of both the dining room and the menu. The Miller's Guild will be open 365 days a year, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch.
Manu Alfau has chosen the location for his Dominican sandwhich shop. After the location fell through last fall, he re-negotiated with the owner of the space and came to an agreement. La Bodega will open open this fall at 100 Prefontaine Pl S (or Third and Yesler across from City Hall Park).
The Barrel Thief
The Fremont wine bar, teahouse, and coffee and chocolate shop, formerly named Wine Tea Chocolate re-launched this week with a new name and a new menu. Deviating from the shop's original concept, The Barrel Thief is now offering cocktails and an extensive list of spirits. Check out the website for a sneak peak of the new menu.
A kid-friendly neighborhood has a new kid-friendly Malaysian dining option; Wallyhood has news that Satay recently opened a new family-oriented dining room separate from the regular dining area. And even better? The restaurant is also allowing dogs on the back patio on Wednesday nights.
The South Lake Union seafood restaurant with an illustrious history is heading in an unexpected (but exciting!) direction. Flying Fish owner Chris Keff recently sold the restaurant to Xiao Ming Liu, chairman of China’s Fortune Garden Group. In a partnership of sorts, Keff will be staying on to direct the kitchen towards a more Chinese-meets-Northwest focus.