Go ahead and bask, Edouardo. Photo by Robin Stein.

OPENINGS

Salare
This is huge. Bar Sajor chef/Seattle Met Next Hot Chef honoree Edouardo Jordan is planning to open a nose-to-tail 80-seater in the largely residential Ravenna neighborhood sometime this summer. The restaurant will open in the ground floor of the Saxe apartment complex on 65th. According to Eater Seattle, the menu will draw from the South, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean, and will include charcuterie, pickles and ferments, and plenty of fresh seafood. There will also be a “Chef’s Library” section decorated with some of Jordan’s cookbook collection. Ravenna’s stock is about to go way up, guys.

Omega Ouzeri
Vios owner Thomas Soukakos has expanded his family—to the tune of 110 tables—with Omega Ouzeri, a lofty Greek eatery in the REO Flats development on Capitol Hill. According to Capitol Hill Seattle blog, the restaurant space includes a secluded upper level perfect for private parties. The menu includes small plates like zucchini cakes, calamari, and smoked trout, as well as large platters like whole grilled fish and gyros with tzatziki. The wine list is Greek-only and the titular ouzo is represented in spades. 

Shaker and Spear, Pennyroyal
As of February 3, Belltown’s landmark Palladian Hotel is now home to a seafood restaurant and cocktail bar. Both menus were created by Tulio’s Walter Pisano, with a space designed by local architect Graham Baba. Expect a light, veggie-heavy menu at Shaker and Spear—cod suppli with herb salad, an ahi paillard with beet panzanella—and a rotating punch bowl at Pennyroyal.

Japonessa
This downtown Mexican/Japanese fusion spot will be bringing its trilingual menu of inventive rolls and tempuras to Bellevue’s Lincoln Square, with a second location expected to open in spring of 2016.  The new opening was announced on Facebook on Tuesday. 

CLOSINGS

Kingfish Café
Yep, it really happened. 20-year-old Kingfish Café served up its last mondo slice of cake on Sunday evening before closing up shop for good, reports Eater. Twin owners Laurie and Leslie Coaston are planning to open five to-go spots around the city in its stead.

REAL ESTATE

Crush
After about six months on the market, chef Jason Wilson has called off his beloved Madison Valley eatery's planned move to the Eastside. According to Eater Seattle, Wilson decided that "it was ultimately impossible to think of Crush anywhere else." The restaurant will celebrate its 10th birthday on February 20.

REOPENINGS 

Cantina Lena
Ventilation issues prompted an abrupt hiatus in December (and even talk of moving to a new location), but T-Doug's cantina reopened Thursday with pretty much the same menu. The smoker and grill at nearby Palace Kitchen now lend a hand with Lena's food. Brunch should debut in a few weeks.

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