Shifts & Shakeups
This Week in Restaurant News: Classics Close
Longtime Seattle restaurants announce their exits while Book Bindery bids farewell to chef Shaun McCrain and its own name.
The Ship Canal restaurant’s current iteration closes on Saturday, leaving diners just two more nights to experience chef Shaun McCrain’s menu in Sumi Almquist’s bookish space. McCrain will be replaced in Almquist’s soon-to-be-reinvented restaurant by Artusi chef Nico Borzee.
Brad’s Swingside Cafe
It hasn’t happened yet, but Fremont will be losing Brad’s Swingside Cafe in February. The Seattle Times reports that owner Brad Inserra is selling the building his restaurant has occupied for more than two decades. He will retain the right to put a new restaurant in any new development built in the space but has yet to make a decision regarding such plans.
Louie’s Cuisine of China
The Seattle Times has been busy writing restaurant obituaries of late. Louie’s 37-year run in Ballard will come to an end on Sunday. The Louie family has been working restaurants in Seattle since the 1930s, writes Times scribe Rebekah Denn, so the indication that they’re looking for a new venture comes as no surprise.
The former Capitol Hill coffee cart has been in a brick and mortar on the Ave for over ten years, and now Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports they’ve returned to the 'hood of their birth. Solstice’s Capitol Hill branch at 10th and Thomas has already begun serving Seattle-roasted Lighthouse Coffee, 12 tap beers, and pizza in homage to recently deceased neighborhood restaurant Piecora’s.
Top Pot Doughnuts
Top Pot’s new location near Pioneer Square apparently didn’t satisfy the company’s appetite for expansion, so they’ve decided to add a beach location in West Seattle. The number of neighborhoods Top Pot hasn’t invaded is dwindling ever smaller.
Full Tilt Ice Cream
More sweets in more places: Full Tilt will spreading the love this summer with a pop-up at the Amazon campus in South Lake Union, a truck that plans to begin doling out ice cream bars in the next few weeks, and Live at Full Tilt, an ice cream and music venue set to debut in August.
La Isla de Mojito
The Columbia City Source discovered that the former Kawayan Grill space will be taken over by the husband-and-wife duo behind Grecian Delight. The pair will bring traditional Latin American foods, sandwiches, and live music to the space, with plans to open in July.
Ballard Beer Company
Market Street will soon have a new space to imbibe, reports Eater Seattle. Ballard Beer Company will set up shop next to Cupcake Royale in the former La Tienda space in the next few weeks, with plans to pour local beers and ciders from 15 taps.
Seattle’s bike-drawn coffee cart will have to come up with a new name, according to The Stranger. Santa Barbara’s Handlebar Coffee Roasters sent bike-and-brew duo Alex Johnstone and David Rothstein a cease and desist order regarding their shared name and the pair plan to oblige.
Benito’s Chicago Eatery
The Midwest-inspired Ballard restaurant turned two years old and will be celebrating this weekend with drink deals attached to their pizzas, reports Seattle Weekly. Also of note, their Mariners and White Sox pizzas will be duking it out to see which team’s flag will be in Benito’s window during the White Sox visit to Seattle next weekend. Whichever pie gets ordered more often this week will be crowned the victor— and they both sound good.