Gainsbourg fire

Greenwood watering hole Gainsbourg is temporarily closed due to a fire. Photo courtesy the establishment.

BALLARD
Thaiku and back-bar Fu Kun Wu are done as of December 23, but owners say they have plans to resurface elsewhere. The closure is a response to increased rent.

CAPITOL HILL
Bethany Jean Clement laments the coming close of Pettirosso, but the good news is that the people behind Bang Bang Cafe hope to assume and expand the space and keep the Pettirosso spirit alive.

The city approved the demolition of 1650 E Olive Way to make way for a six-story, mixed-use building. That means B&O Espresso will shutter. The cafe, which opened in 1976, saw business decline over recent years as the development loomed. Owner Majed Lukatah says current plans are to "take it easy."

DOWNTOWN
Jim Romdall’s Vessel, with head chef Cameo McRoberts, has delayed its opening until early 2012, says Eater.

Also from Eater: Uptown Espresso is closing its 7th and Virginia location, also due to increased rent. Today is the final day for business.

GREENWOOD/PHINNEY RIDGE
After a minor kitchen fire, Gainsbourg is closed temporarily. Owner J. J. Wandler told Phinneywood on Monday he hopes to be back in business within 10 days.

SOUTH LAKE UNION
Chris Werner reported the Einstein Bros Bagels chain is coming to Seattle. The first Seattle store for the rolls-with-a-hole will open January 17 at 2201 Westlake Ave. Franchise and development VP Mike Ellis expects more expansion to follow.