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This Week in Restaurant News: Ale Houses and Beerhalls

Madrona Eatery and Ale House pours its last drink, Queen Anne Beerhall arrives next month, and Charles Smith opens a winery for the record books.

By Christina Tiberio July 24, 2015

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It's the beerhall circle of life.


Queen Anne Beerhall
The folks behind the massive new beerhall rising in the former home of Cotton Caboodle in Lower Queen Anne say it should be open by mid-August at 203 W Thomas St. The 7,000-square-foot space will have a live music stage, a 45-foot bar, and a menu that puts a slight Pacific Northwest twist on Austro-Hungarian fare. Beers will be a mix of European imports and local craft brews. 

General Porpoise Coffee and Doughnuts
Renee Erickson has preparing for two new restaurants on Capitol Hill, but has added more to her load (and our giddiness) by announcing an adjacent doughnut shop. The doughnuts will be filled with traditional flavors such as chocolate and custard, but there will also be seasonal selections like nectarine and bay leaf jelly. Erickson also shared the official names for the neighboring oyster bar and steak restaurant. Get ready for Bar Melusine and Bateau.


Charles Smith Wines Jet City
This Saturday Georgetown gains some more boozy street cred with the arrival of Charles Smith's massive urban winery at 1136 S Albro Pl. The winemaker says it's the largest urban winery on the West Coast, a former Dr. Pepper bottling plant with 32,000 square feet of production and two levels of tasting rooms that offer pours of Charles Smith Wines, K Vintners, Wines of Substance, and more, as well as stunning views of Mt. Rainier and planes landing across the street at Boeing Field.


Hurry Curry of Tokyo
The popular West LA Japanese curry house is coming to South Lake Union in December. This is Hurry Curry's second-ever location and will keep the same menu of unique curries, spaghetti, and saki based cocktails. Eater Seattle reports that the new location at 825 Harrison St will differ slightly from the flagship in LA to accommodate the culture of South Lake quick and casual lunch instead of sit-down meals. What's not changing is the happy hour specials and dinner service. 

Sizzle Pie
Feeling empty and lost since the closing of Po Dog? Well fill that void with pizza, because Capitol Hill Seattle blog says Sizzle Pie is moving into the spot of the recently shuttered hot dog restaurant. The Portland favorite will fit right in at 1009 E Union St location, with late-night hours, pizza brunch, and delivery until 3am – 4am. This will be its third location and first outside of Oregon; no word yet on when it will open.

Refresh Frozen Desserts and Espresso
Granting the wishes of all Capitol Hill residents who don't have an air conditioner, Refresh Frozen Desserts and Espresso will be moving into Yogurtland's old location on 1620 Broadway early to mid August. Currently doing a $25000 remodel, the space is co-owned by Bobby Gaon along with his wife and other family members. The chilled sweets shop will sell frozen yogurt, but also Italian ices, soft serve gelato, and more. The yogurt will come from Arkansas-based Honey Hills Farm and will receive its espresso from local roastery Kuma Coffee. 

San Fermo
An unassuming green house in Ballard will soon become a lively Italian restaurant. Partner Tim Baker, who has previously worked at Carmine Smeraldo and Serafina, does not have a set menu, but plans on having gnocchi, tuna carpaccio and more. There will also be a lunch counter that focuses on sandwiches and pastas. The food will be from the "New Jersey" region, lets just hope the menu doesn't slaughter rigatoni by calling it "riggies" (shudders at the harsh East Coast accent). The 5431 Ballard Ave house has a historic past to add on to that notorious Italian charm


Flatstick Pub
The Kirkland bar will soon open up a second location in the historic Pioneer Square building, at Second and Main early next year. There will be 24 different Washington beers and ciders on tap, but won't serve any hard alcohol. The lack of food served at the pub will be made up by some upstairs guests and a unique form of entertainment.

Katsu Burger
After its resurrection, Katsu Burger is thriving and opening up a third location in Lynnwood. The new spot opened yesterday July 23 and will continue to serve its assortment of Japanese inspired burgers. When two cultures collide it results in pork patties like the Katsu Curry burger and mixed meat patties in the Mt. Fuji burger


The Italian restaurant that began life as the Spanish Aragona closes its doors for good today, less than two years after it opened at First and Union.

Feedback Lounge
West Seattle's den of clever cocktails and live music announced on Facebook it will close on August 8, with a "final blowout show." A new owner will reportedly remodel the space and reopen in the fall.

Madrona Eatery and Ale House
After two decades of serving beer to deserving parents at the 34th and E Union location, Madrona Eatery and Ale House is shuttering. A group of locals tried to convince the landlord to spare the corner pub, but tomorrow, July 25, will be its sendoff.


The Bookstore Bar and Cafe
Chef Caprial Pence is making the last Wednesday of the month all about fried chicken. The meal includes half of a fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits, gravy, and more at $28 per person. It's ready at 5pm and lasts until the chicken runs out.



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