Image: Henry Alva
Limited-edition American whiskey for the 2012 Harvest Release.

BALLARD
A facelift is in store for Ray's Boathouse. The downstairs dining room will close for between eight and 10 weeks starting October 15, and will reopen with a new bar and menu from chef Wayne Johnson. The upstairs cafe will remain open. Follow the remodel here.

BELLTOWN
Good luck to Philip Thompson, lead bartender at The Coterie Room, whose “Sling and a Sizzle" earned him a trip to Berlin as the American finalist at the Cherry Heering Singapore Sling competition

BELLEVUE
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and chef-owner John Howie of Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar and John Howie Steak is showing his support by donating $1 from every “Kiss from a Rose” cocktail to the Seattle chapter of the Young Survival Coalition. Howie’s goal is to surpass the 500 cocktails that were sold last year.

CENTRAL DISTRICT
CDN reports that Alleycat Acres urban farm is hosting a carnival—pumpkins and all—from 4 to 9 on October 13 at MLK and Cherry Street. Games, live music, and food and drink are on the docket, plus a 7pm showing of Night of the Living Dead.

EVERETT
As of Monday, Ivar’s Seafood Bar is closed through the end of the month for an interior remodel and menu update. New booths, counter seating, and a hand-tossed salad and made-to-order sandwich station are in the works. The beginning of November is the tentative reopening date. 

MAGNOLIA
Palisade is marking its twentieth anniversary with several notable changes, including a new raw bar and dinner menu and an updated interior, as well as a $16 three-course lunch.

PHINNEY RIDGE
Participate in the Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out and help fight hunger in North Seattle. Eat at any of these neighborhood restaurants on Thursday, October 11 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the PNA Hot Meal Program, which serves 250-300 meals to homeless and elderly weekly.  

Sunset magazine announced its top 50 food shops on the West Coast, and Phinney’s Picnic made the cut.

QUEEN ANNE
Want to grab a quick bite at the Armory? Queen Anne View notes a promotion running through May means $1 parking in the garage off of Fifth between Harrison and Republican. The fine print: You must stay less than 90 minutes and spend at least $10 in food—not hard to do with options like these.

WOODINVILLE
For the harvest release, the guys at Woodinville Whiskey Co are featuring American Whiskey Batch No. 2. Re-barreled in used Kentucky bourbon barrels, the whiskey is sweet and spicy while imparting hints of caramel, vanilla, oak, and fruit. Bottles are $50. Doors open at 8am on October 20, with a free whiskey glass for the first 100 people.

EVERYWHERE (Literally)
Starbucks are ubiquitous, and not just in Seattle, apparently. In a study posted by Eater, Jim Davenport of the University of Washington astronomy department notes the furthest point in America that you can get from the Mermaid is 170 miles.