Shifts & Shakeups
This Week In Restaurant News: Taps, T-Doug, and Tacos
San Francisco's Toronado is coming to town and Tom Douglas is making plans for a cantina. Plus, a new chef for Book Bindery.
The Ship Canal restaurant will cease its current iteration June 28, but plans to return with a new leader and a new name in August. Nico Borzee, the man behind Artusi’s weekly blind tasting menus, will take over the post from Shaun McCrain.
Former Brouwer’s and Burgundian frontman Matt Bonney has teamed up with the owner of San Francisco's Toronado to open a Seattle outpost of the legendary beer bar in the former Mutiny Hall space on 65th in the Roosevelt neighborhood. The 40 taps should start flowing in August and Bonney is envisioning lots of whole animal butchery and "unhealthy farm-to-table food."
A Tom Douglas Cantina
The empire continues to grow. Tom Douglas has signed a lease for a space in the Martin Apartments at Fifth and Lenora. He's relocating his bread bakery here, and installing a 40-seat cantina that may be called The Lone Stranger. Most details have yet to be disclosed, but we do know his team is busy experimenting with corn tortillas.
Paul Reder, the man who turned a dying Planet Hollywood into downtown's Tap House Grill, is gearing up for a new beer-focused project in Capitol Hill, reports Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. Stout, planned for the Sunset Electric building on 11th Ave, is expected to have 20 taps and be open in time for the holidays.
Corner Bakery Cafe(s)
A new chain is planning to join Seattle’s retinue, offering fast casual food all day long. It’s not a fast food gut bomb kind of chain, though. Think of your favorite lunch cafe, then imagine it without the family-owned ambience but with much faster service, and you’re probably on the right track.
Consolidated Restaurants, Inc. Mystery Concept
The company behind brands like Steamer's and the Wing Dome is launching a new concept in the Watermark Tower sometime before this year’s holiday season, but there are no details yet on what it is.
Seattle Greenlaker discovered what will replace the shuttered Baskin and Robbins on Green Lake Drive, and it’s a copy of the Ballard bar and lounge with the great patio. Co-owner Kevin Carlson expects 16–20 taps and an expanded food menu geared more toward families than the original location.
Oasis Tea Zone
A fourth location for smoothies and bubble tea from owner I-Miun Liu is planned for Capitol Hill, according to Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. It’ll be going in where Third Man Video used to be decades (technically just two years, but who’s counting) ago on E Pine by the end of the year.
Chef Manny Arce has been visiting Mexico on the regular, and the trips have been inspiring. He’s put together a chef's choice menu, available to groups that reserve Poquitos’ private dining room and, well, it doesn’t look bad: Brown rice chicharrones, huitlacoche tamales, a whole marinated and grilled red snapper, and avocado ice cream highlight the list designed for 8–12 people. Not bad, not bad at all. More like incredible.
It’s not exactly a new meal, but the Malaysian specialists are now selling bottled sauces and sambals—akin to condiments. Sambal Goreng, a nutty blend of roasted chilis, Sweet Chili Sambal, sriracha-esque Chili Ginger Sambal, and Chicken Soy Sauce can be picked up at Kedai Makan’s Ballard Market stand or Olive Way storefront for under $7 each.