Peaks Frozen Yogurt Bar: Issaquah
The froyo joint expanded to Issaquah on Friday with a grand opening that included prize giveaways and an officiating ceremony with the Issaquah mayor. The new location is self-serve with 14 rotating flavors, and an extensive list 100 toppings and sides including fresh fruits and freshly baked waffle cones.
Li'l Woody's Ballard
The Capitol Hill burger shop opened a second location in Ballard earlier this week, taking over what used to be Zak’s Burger’s joint. The menu has those same specialty burgers and crack fries, but the larger interior includes a full-on Molly Moon’s Ice Cream operation. And even better, the new Li'l Woody's has outdoor seating and longer hours from 11am to 11 pm for late night munchies.
Walrus Beer Garden
Phinneywood has news of the grand opening of the beer garden at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse on Friday. The outdoor seating area, which was formerly a vacant parking lot, is adjacent to the brewery at 8564 Greenwood Ave N and is officially called Walrus Beer Garden in honor of the famous Walrus Tavern that occupied the site before it burned down.
Old Ballard Liquor Company
The distillery softly opened on Thursday at 4421 Shilshole Ave NW, according to the Ballard News Tribune. While the company doesn’t plan to start selling alcohol until at least three more weeks, Old Ballard will focus on "bounce liqueurs"—a type of drink that infuses fruit into brandy, rum, or whiskey and requires at least six months of aging.
According to CHS, chef Rob Tallon is bringing authentic ramen to the Broadway Farmers Market this Sundaty. Mighty Ramen's menu has three food options and rotating special drinks with prices ranging from $6-8.
After 17 years of business, the Phinney Ridge favorite willclose in September. The vegetarian restaurant's owners have recently sold the business to local restaurant owners who will not be carrying on the vegetarian tradition. Kathryn Neumann, Carmelita’s owner says the restaurant will go out with a bang, with periodic summer celebrations and special offers. “Of course it’s difficult to say goodbye, but we have one last glorious summer to bid everyone adieu.” Keep an eye on Carmelita’s website or Facebook page for more details on upcoming events.
The delightfully divey, Scandanvian-themed restaurant and bar in Ballard will close on July 1 and will hold celebration events everyday from 5 until closing. The place has been sold to new owners who have a different name and vision planned for the venue.
Chutneys Grille on the Hill
Another Capitol Hill construction project begins soon, and Chutneys is the latest restaurant to feel the pressure, CHS reports. The neighborhood Indian restaurant had its final run this week after a year long, presumably unsuccesful, search for a new lease.
Parfait Ice Cream
The wildly popular ice cream truck will be setting up shop at its own brick-and-mortar location at 2034 NW 56th in Ballard. The extra space will allow Parfait’s owner, Adria Shimada, to produce more ice cream-meets-patisserie creations, including hand-dipped ice cream bars, push pops, and housemade sodas. Shimada is planning for an August opening with hours from noon to 11pm every day.
The popular Wallingford and Bellevue ristorante will be opening a smaller sibling restaurant in Madison Valley in late July. Bar Cantinetta will be taking over the longtime La Côte space at 2811 E Madison St. The owners say the new location will be cozier than its sibling locations and will serve lunch and brunch to be consistent with La Côte’s former hours.
Dulces Latin Bistro
The owners of the former Madrona (and downtown) Dulces are reviving their bistro in Capitol Hill, says CHS. After negotiations for a different Capitol Hill location fell through in 2011 and a short run on Western, Dulces has found a home inside the Lawrence Lofts project at 19th and Madison.
Where Ya At Matt food truck owner, Matthew Lewis has announced his New Orleans-inspired restaurant will open in August. Lewis will be serving up a Creole food with Northwest ingredients. Roux’s menu includes beignets, grits, gumbo, and po’boys.
The French restaurant, a sibling to Maximilien in Pike Place Market, will open on June 24 (fingers crossed!) on the corner of 15th and Pine. The restaurant will feature a Parisian-style absinthe fountain, an abundance of Penn Cove mussels, house-churned butter and room for 70 people. Have a look around.
Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Company
The Ballard Brewery is aiming for a late-July or early-August opening and have begun a $13,000 Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for brewing equipment, My Ballard says. Once Bad Jimmy’s formally opens at 4358 Leary Way, the owners plan to distribute a variety of strong brews, including an Irish Strong and a Black IPA. Hours will be from noon to midnight Sunday-Thursday and noon-2am Friday and Saturday.
Much adored former Le Gourmand sommelier David Butler confirmed his upcoming French wine bar will be housed downtown at 1919 Seventh Avenue. The Stranger reports Le Caviste will open sometime in the fall.
Heaven Sent Ice Cream
Ezell Stephens, owner of Heaven Sent Fried Chicken has converted his legendary dessert recipes into ice cream. With the help of Full Tilt Ice Cream’s flagship in White Center, Ezell was able to tweak his sweet potato pie, bread pudding, and peach cobbler into cold and creamy goodness. The ice creams are available at all Heaven Sent locations for $6.25 a pint.
Blackboard Bistro Brunch
According to West Seattle blog, Blackboard Bistro is now open for Sunday brunch from 9:30am -2pm. Dinner hours will stay the same from 5-9pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings and 5-10pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
The popular sandwich shop shook up its menu this week, just in time for summer. Homegrown now offers a summer seasonal sandwich, topped with roasted eggplant, zucchini, radishes, avocado, raw-milk swiss, yellow pepper relish, and tomatoes. A new side salad is now available for $4. Plus, some momentous news: the shop will no longer charge extra for their homemade gluten-free bread.
July marks the Fremont restaurant's third anniversary (though it's only been in its spacious new digs since last year). Every night next month, the restaurant will offer a special menu of $3 items (Champagne, sangria, beers, bacon-wrapped dates with valdeon (aka a Spanish blue cheese) ice cream. Another monthlong celebratory deal: A three-course dinner with wine pairings for $33 a person.
CHANGE OF PLANS
Bill’s Off Broadway
Construction on the building restoration project on the property housing Bill’s off Broadway has moved slower than anticipated, CHS says. Instead of running its 20-month hiatus at the beginning of July, Bill’s off Broadway will remain open until at least November 30. Bill’s on Greenwood will still open on September 1, as planned.