Shifts & Shakeups
This Week In Restaurant News: Neighborhood Watering Holes
Revolver spins records and pours drinks in Capitol Hill, Babirusa offers libations and food from Blind Pig Bistro in Eastlake, and Oliver's Twist plans a second location in Magnolia.
Blind Pig Bistro in Eastlake says its new sibling is imminent. Babirusa, a bar and lunch restaurant serving drinks and food from Blind Pig, has set an opening date of May 13; it's located right next to the restaurant at 2246 Eastlake Ave E. You may have known it in the past as Eastlake Teriyaki or Blind Pig at Eastlake Teriyaki.
Elektrokitty Recording Studio owner Gary Reynolds has officially opened his uniquely musical bar in Dinette’s former space on Olive Way, reports Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. The eight taps, cocktail menu, and selection of Cajun food will be augmented by more than 2,500 vinyl records ready by request, just as the artists intended. Eater Seattle has interior photos.
The Phinney Ridge cocktail bar is set to add a location in Magnolia, hopefully by June. The new bar will be much like the original, but plans to have its own menu and a new set of patrons in the space formerly known as the Nook.
Wild Ginger Seattle
The staff at Wild Ginger let us know they’re happy to welcome Nile Park back as general manager of the Seattle location.
The Habit Burger Grill
The California chain is planning a Seattle takeover, according to Eater Seattle. Their use of seemingly exaggerated rheoric is actually surprisingly appropriate, as the plan includes 25 locations in the greater Seattle area. That’s McDonald’s-level chaindom.
Damn The Weather
Former Fleet Foxes singer/songwriter and longtime Rob Roy barman Bryn Lumsden’s plan to open his own venture in Pioneer Square are moving along, and he and chef Eli Dahlin are set to test out some menu ideas this Sunday at Vif. One crisp Benjamin garners entry to the four-course preview dinner with wine pairings, but only for those who sign up.
SEATTLE ON TV
The Seattle pop-up specializing in congee, or Asian rice-porridge bowls, let us know they will be featured on CNBC’s upcoming new show Restaurant Kickstart, set to air beginning in July. Hopefully the triumvirate—Garrett Doherty, Irbille Donia, and Shane Tyler Robinson— has the stage presence and congee acumen to keep Seattle represented until the final episode.