Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Popcorn and Beer

Joule and Revel get a new pastry chef, Ballard gets a new brewery, and anyone taking an Argosy cruise gets a meal by Chris Keff.

By Malcolm Griffes October 25, 2013

Beer samplings from Stoup. Via Stoup's Facebook page.


Kukuruza Bellevue
The gourmet popcorn shop is opening a new location in Bellevue. KuKuRuZa has two shops in Seattle (and three in Saudi Arabia), and now it’s the Eastside’s turn. This is a spot for people who are over plain old salt and butter—flavors include, Hawaiian salted carmel, maple bacon, and the uber popular seasonal, pumpkin spice pecan.

The new Ballard brewery opened this week with a couple hop-forward brews that should excite the Northwest beer drinker. Currently on tap: an IPA, India session ale, and a porter. 

Union Bar
Over at the Stranger, Bethany Jean Clement has word of a new bar that opened this week in Hillman City. The motto: "Where labor rests." 


Mad Pizza
The pizzeria's Madison Park location closed last week, according to Madison Park Blog. The Capitol Hill location will still deliver pizzas to the neighborhood.


Thoa Nguyen, the woman behind such spots as the former Thoa's and the Islander, is opening a second Chinoise location in the Issaquah Highlands, according to Eater Seattle. No word on exactly when it will be open, but the new location will serve lunch and dinner.


Renee Bolstad: Joule and Revel
The restaurants' new pastry chef returns to Seattle after working in several kitchens in New York City. And she has already crafted some menu items: For Revel’s harvest menu, Bolstad broke from the uniquitous pumpkin spice craze with a sweet potato cheesecake and a chai semifreddo. 

Chris Keff: Argosy Cruises
The local sightseeing and dinner cruise company sent word that James Beard-winning chef Chris Keff is now designing seasonal, Northwest-driven menus for its floating dinners. In other Keff-related news, she recently sold her restaurant, Flying Fish, to a new owner based in China. 

Christopher Jensen: Maison Tavern
The speakeasy themed nightclub has announced a new chef, Chirstopher Jensen. Jensen describes his menu as “comfort food done with an elegant twist.” Think sliders made with braised short ribs.


The people behind Boom, formerly Boom Noodle, are turning their Bellevue location into a new restaurant, specifically a “high-end izakaya”. There’s rumor of a Thai-style fried chicken and kimchi waffles. Just sayin'.


Coyle's Bakeshop
Rachael Coyle sent word that her monthly popup bakery at Book Larder, is taking a break. But she continues her hunt for a permanent space. Your last chance to stop in, for the time being, will be Saturday, November 2, but Coyle promises to keep the bookstore stocked with her granola, marshmallows, and cookies through December.


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