Nate Rob's back, but his wings and waffles can only go so far in filling the void left by the Sonics.
Nate Rob's back, but his wings and waffles can only go so far in filling the void left by the Sonics. Photo from seattlesportsnet.com.

COMING SOON

Nate’s Wings and Waffles
Nate Robinson is coming back to Seattle. We wish it were to play for the Sonics (RIP, for now), but instead the Denver Nuggets guard will be part-owner of a new Columbia City restaurant at 9261 57th Ave South named in his honor. Nate’s will be somewhat basketball themed—with tables made from recycled basketball court floorboards—and offer the chicken and waffles-centered menu we initially expected to hit the space under different ownership.

Trove
Rachel Yang’s much-anticipated new venture should open in September (we hope), with four separate restaurants filling the collective space at 500 East Pike. The noodle bar will offer hand-pulled noodles of multiple varieties with a menu that will rotate daily. The neighboring Korean grill features tables with built-in grills and an entire section of the menu dedicated to fried foods. A bar with six taps and an ice cream parfait window round out Trove’s 4000 square feet.

Suika
I-5 has become a throughway for excellent food, as Eater Seattle notes that Vancouver hotspot Suika will follow its Canadian cousin Meat and Bread in launching a new location in Capitol Hill. The menu blends Asian flavors with North American influences, exemplified by Chinese poutine: a mash up of Japan’s western neighbor’s love of pork, Japanese sansho peppers, and Canada’s nacho-equivalent. We want that. Now. Seriously though, whenever they finally open will be a great day.

Herb and Bitter
Capitol Hill Seattle blog found out what will replace Pho Than Brothers on Broadway, and it’s (gasp) a restaurant and bar combo. Herb and Bitter plans to offer simple cocktails made primarily from clear liquors alongside a menu of tapas-like pairings, though detailed menus have yet to be worked out. Owner Jesus Escobar hopes to have it open before 2015 begins.

OPENINGS

Pizzeria Gabbiano
Sicilian-style pizza hits Pioneer Square next week, as Pizzeria Gabbiano is set to open at 240 Second Ave South. Here's a little primer on how to order. Meanwhile, Eater Seattle has a look at some of the pizzas Mike Easton and crew have been making, with surprising toppings like potatoes, salted cod, and bean salad.

Toronado Seattle
The popular San Francisco bar’s first northern venture (it franchised in San Diego in 2008) has been pouring drinks at the corner of 65th and Ravenna for a few days now. Unlike the previous outposts, Seattle’s Toronado has a food menu alongside its 40 taps. The menu features head cheese sandwiches and beef heart tartare because the kitchen team is dedicated to breaking down and using whole animals, reports Eater Seattle.

Pinkaew
The newly opened Thai restaurant at 5101 25th Ave NE on the outskirts of University Village is set to serve up classics, nam tok moo (rice powder salad with grilled, wait for it… pork! You thought it would be beef, right? Nope.), and curry puffs, according to Eater Seattle

CLOSINGS

50 North
Just as 25th Avenue added a Thai joint, it lost its “hit parade of American standards,” as The Times dubbed the now defunct three-year-old restaurant. The companionable 50 North had a great run, but owner Melinda Sontegerath has closed the doors to focus on her Vashon Island restaurant, Hardware Store, per Eater Seattle. It’s hard to say goodbye; we were big fans.

La Romanza Bistro
The Junction has bid farewell to Aimee Pellegrini’s restaurant, notes West Seattle Blog. Her neighboring floral business is still active, but the Italian sit-down spot with tea service and live music is not. Nothing is known about what may replace it.

REVAMPS

Elliott’s Oyster House
The Seattle Times reports that waterfront stalwart Elliott’s Oyster House will shut down after September service for nine whole months. No, the restaurant isn't pregnant and abstaining from raw oysters. Rather, the construction of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project has necessitated the closure of many pier restaurants and Elliott’s is not immune. The owners plan to use the time off to do some minor renovations of their own.

RESURFACING

Ines Patisserie
French pastry doyenne Nohra Belaid’s old space in Madison Valley was hard to find, but starting today (or maybe this weekend) Belaid will unveil a more diverse list of pastries at her new location: 1111 E Union St in Capitol Hill. Belaid's not a Facebooker, and her website has yet to be updated, so you’ll have to go there to see if it’s open yet. 

EXPANSION MODE

Zeeks Pizza
The apostrophe-less local chain hasn’t managed to put down roots in Upper Queen Anne, but that’s about to change come September. The Queen Anne View saw the signs, literally, and let the world know the exciting news. It may be a chain (and therefore somewhat looked down upon), but Zeeks really does have good pizza. Look for it at 1919 Queen Anne Ave North.

 

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