Shifts & Shakeups
This Week In Restaurant News: Familiar Faces, Different Places
Ethan Stowell adds a place in Ballard, Cormac Mahoney joins Canterbury Ale and Eats, and Sara and Bruce Naftaly plan a cafe and bakery in Capitol Hill.
Chippy’s Fish and Drink
Ballard Avenue is now home to Ethan Stowell’s latest project, featuring fish, chips, sea fare, eight taps, and a bevy of quality scotch. Take a look inside the space, formerly home to the Dutch Bike Co. in the Kolstrand Building. Yep, that does make Chippy’s a neighbor to Staple and Fancy and Renee Erickson’s Barnacle and Walrus and the Carpenter.
Food at Cortona
Cortona Cafe in the Central District has offered pastries, waffles, and drinks (both of the alcoholic and caffeinated varieties) since 2010. Now, however, they’ve given a dynamic duo— chef Zac Reynolds and manager/barman Leon Baham— a space in which to peddle a dinner menu blending Asian flavors with both eastern and western European cuisine. The adventurous fare is now available on Fridays and Saturdays from 6–11:30 pm.
Tuesdays at Essex are about to become Brandon Pettit’s play time, starting May 27. Essex will be shedding its usual menu in favor of tiki cocktails and a line-up of five tacos from Pettit’s ever-tinkering mind. Fish tacos will be on house-made flour tortillas, but the rest— including thus far: lamb barbacoa, al pastor, and wood-fired cactus with asparagus and ricotta salata— will be housed in tortillas made to order from fresh masa.
Tat’s Delicatessen is ready to branch out from Pioneer Square, and they’ll be doing it on four wheels. The most popular sandwiches from owner Brian Tatman’s menu, including cheesesteaks, the Tat’strami, and subs, will be mobile in the near future. Planned locations include the Amazon campus and a foray to the Eastside.
A new food truck pod has begun housing a delicious list of mobile menus at Fifth and John, circa Seattle Center. Heavy hitters like Off the Rez, Ezell’s Express, and Marination have already reserved time slots in the two-truck space, and operations began on Monday.
Longtime Service Director David Kim is vacating his post to make way for current floor manager Kyle Johnson, reports Eater Seattle. Kim, who has been on staff for 15 years and service director for the past seven, has been a “great force behind everything” at Canlis in the past decade, according to co-owner Mark Canlis.
Cormac Mahoney joins Canterbury Ale and Eats
Canterbury is set to reopen by May 23, and new co-owner James Snyder informed Eater Seattle the kitchen will be run by 2012 Food and Wine Best New Chef Cormac Mahoney, formerly of Madison Park Conservatory. Alongside 30 taps, Mahoney is working on a menu including steak tartare with bone marrow tots(!), French onion gratin, and fried rockfish and chips.
The sibling to Bellevue's Parlor Billiards let us know it will be opening May 23 in the old Fox Sports Grill between Pike and Pine on Sixth Avenue. Unlike Billiards, which prides itself on being a comforatble bar, restaurant, and hangout place, Live intends to become an A-list comedy club and event space. The menu looks solid, with craft sliders, wings, nachos, and other typical bar fare, and the comedy line-up looks good, too.
Lick Pure Cream: South Lake Union
The adventurous ice creamery, currently housed in ‘Zaw Pizza’s Capitol Hill locations, is getting ready to set up shop in ‘Zaw’s SLU location as well. Owner Michael Darby told Eater Seattle he’ll be taking a portion of Zaw’s space on Yale and Republican, which currently only offers take and bake pizzas, to sell ice cream and slices at lunch time. The pizza and ice cream distribution center will be open 11 am to 10 pm every day starting May 24.
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports Joe Bar owner Wylie Bush has taken over Chico Madrid’s former space in on Bellevue Avenue in Capitol Hill. Barjot will be a cafe and a juice bar, with beer and wine on hand as well, and Bush plans to have it up and running next month.
The former Savour space on Market Street will be occupied by a new juice bar beginning June 1, according to Eater Seattle. Owner Keely Fetters, formerly employed at Volterra, is working on a menu of juiced fruits and vegetables, smoothies, lunch offerings, and desserts.
Bar Ferd’nand II
Matthew Dillon’s Melrose Place Europe-inspired bar, cafe, and wine shop is adding a sibling in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row development, per Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. The complex has been in the works for a while under the leadership of Liz Dunn, so it makes sense that Dunn would rope in Dillon after the pair partnered successfully in Melrose Place. Details on Dillon’s food and drink offerings have yet to be disclosed.
Bruce Naftaly's Bakery and Cafe at Chophouse Row
In the same post that unveiled Bar Ferd’nand’ II’s inclusion in Liz Dunn’s Chophouse Row plans, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog also noted plans for a yet-to-be-named split level bakery from former Le Gourmand and Sambar owners Sara and Bruce Naftaly. The Naftalys intend to operate both a cafe and a bakery in their two-floor space.