Shifts & Shakeups
This Week in Restaurant News: Handoffs
Calamity Jane's makes way for a Flying Squirrel, Shaun McCrain steps down at Book Bindery.
Flying Squirel Pizza
Georgetown will soon be home to the third iteration of Flying Squirrel Pizza in place of Calamity Jane’s. Owner Bill Coury doesn’t believe in pizza by the slice, but will be adding a lunch menu with personal pizzas alongside the Squirrel’s classics.
Ballard is adding a pizza joint as well, according to Eater Seattle. California-based, Chicago-style chain Patxi's is making its first foray into Washington this July. More pizza is never a bad thing.
Blue Water Taco Grill and Cantina
Seattle Center’s website revealed the impending arrival of the coastal-style Mexican restaurant this spring in the Armory. This will be owner Dave de Varona’s eighth location.
Shaun McCrain/Book Bindery
The owners of Book Bindery sent word they are seeking a new chef. Shaun McCrain, who has been in the kitchen since the restaurant opened four years ago, is planning his own venture with his girlfriend (and Book Bindery GM) Jill Kinney. The restaurant's owners say they are "in talks with a very worthy successor," and McCrain's last day is June 28.
At long last, the team at the Wallingford food truck let us know they have upgraded from merely lurking in the old Winchell’s Donuts Parking lot to taking over the building itself. The menu hasn’t changed, nor have the ordering procedures, but the window you approach to order has grown tenfold and the kitchen behind it has, too.
Blue Tractor Farm
Sibling restaurants Stoneburner and Bastille announced they are turning an acre of land in Redmond into Blue Tractor Farm, a local source of vegetables geared toward the two restaurants' specific needs. Half the farm will cater to Soneburner's more Mediterrannean menu, while the other will produce French veggies for Bastille. Seattle Urban Farm Company—the same group that maintains Bastille's rooftop garden—is overseeing the plot.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
World Beer Cup
Seattle Beer News reports nine Washington breweries medaled at the 2014 World Beer Cup last weekend. 58 countries were represented and nearly 5,000 beers entered the 94-category competition. Of the nine Washingtonians, Flyer’s Restaurant and Brewery, Redhook Brewery, Scuttlebutt Brewing, and Gordon Biersch took home gold.