Shifts and Shakeups
This Week In Restaurant News: Big Names, Big News
No big deal, just new spots from Matt Dillon, Ericka Burke, Joshua Henderson, Dani Cone, and the Marination ladies. And good news for vegans and meat lovers alike.
The name is inspired by the anatomically correct 8-foot plastic rhino that resides in the soon-to-be bar, which should open any day now in the former Velo bike shop space on Pine Street. Single-serving bottles of bubbly and canned beers are part of the plan.
Chef Matt Dillon has opened the larger London Plane cafe, just down the block from its original spot, according to Puget Sound Business Journal. The new space seats 50 for breakfast and lunch, plus there's takeaway service; the smaller iteration of London Plane will be a wine bar and event space.
Owners of Fre-lards’s Leary Traveler and Lower Queen Anne’s Nabob have officially opened their third bar and restaurant in Montlake.
El Borracho Ballard
The third of Kittie Davidovich’s restaurants by the same name is now open in Ballard, according to Eater Seattle. El Borracho has deals, four-dollar margaritas all-day and one-dollar tacos, during happy hour, ensure you leave full of tequila, tacos, or both.
Nope, no relation. Rachel Marshall and Kate Opatz, the duo behind dive bar Montana, officially opened the doors to the new bar on Broadway last week, plying the good people of Seattle with housemade queso and tequila-driven cocktails in both tap and slushie form.
The Twisted Pasty
Eater Seattle says this Belltown shop is now open and dishing out its signature crescent-shaped pastries.
Mezcaleria Oaxaca: Capitol Hill
The Pike/Pine sibling to to the Queen Anne location and cousin of Ballard’s La Carte de Oaxaca is now open for business, according to Capitol Hill Seattle blog. The new taqueria will bring mezcal, Oaxacan cuisine, and—if the other locations are any indication—probably crowds.
After 38-years, two of which where spent in Ballard after a move from Capitol Hill, the cafe, and bakery is closed, according to My Ballard blog. Having served some of the sweetest desserts in the city this goodbye is truly a sweet sorrow.
Dot’s Charcuterie and Bistro
After a brief closing for remodel Dot’s has reopened with a new name, new interior, and new meal service. It’s still a deli/sandwich shop during the day, but by night the menu goes the bistro route.
Closed temperedly for a kitchen remodel, a re-opening is projected for February 28 with the addition of a new menu, according to the Facebook page. In the meantime the staff has traveled down to Kentucky for some whiskey tasting.
Vegans are celebrating the return of the plant-based menu at the Broadway dive, after its sudden departure last August. According to Facebook, vegan comfort foods like Philly steak sandwich or nachos will be available from 4 to 8 on Mondays and Tuesdays for now.
Wayne Johnson Leaves Ray's
The ace bowler and executive chef at Ray's Boathouse has resigned, saying he wants to slow down and spend more time with family. Executive sous chef Paul Duncan has been promoted to chef de cuisine and will manage all things culinary until the restaurant names a new exec chef.
From the ladies behind Marination Mobile, and then two brick-and-mortars, comes a new project. Located in Pioneer Square, Good Bar will be just what the name suggests, a bar with classic cocktails, a good beer program, and the promise of “the best sloppy joes you’ve ever had.”
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Sounds of slurping are on the horizon as the Japanese-based ramen chain has plans to open up shop in Bellevue. Santouka has a good following, specializes in shio ramen, and should be open in April.
Volunteer Park Cafe's Ericka Burke is opening a new restaurant and a juice bar-takeaway space, anchoring the new Chophouse Row project at 11th and Pike on Capitol Hill. The name has inspird her to put a signature chop, be it beef or pork, on the dinner menu.
Cone and Steiner Pioneer Square
The 19th Avenue mercantile from Joshua Henderson, Dani Cone, and the ladies behind Retrofit Home is opening a branch in the new Stadium Place development, right next to Henderson's planned sports bar.
Soups in the winter, ice cream in the summer, and all from a truck, Big Spoon coming this summer has plans to offer fare inspired by the weather.