The R illuminated. Photo courtesy of Rainier Beer.


Le Petit Cochon
Derek Ronspies's new restaurant opened on Wednesday. And the snout-to-tail emporium's new menu has a sense of humor. A late night happy hour menu is in the works and will offer both food and booze deals.

Westland Distillery
The whiskey distillery in SoDo just opened its doors to the public. Tours are by appointment only, the first one being at 11am, and feature three single malt whiskeys. Reservations can be made here

A bar switch in Ballard. Olaf’s opened in the space previously occupied by the long standing dive, Copper Gate. The side room with the famously female entrance is now home to football games on teh big screen. Olaf’s offers local beers and a food menu, they also kept the stage for live music nights.


Sadness. The bar that helped establish Seattle's cocktail culture at its first location downtown has closed its doors for goodlast Friday was the final night of service. The Seattle Times has a few details on the bankruptcy declaration

The Comet Tavern
The Stranger is keeping tabs on the shuttering of this famed Capitol Hill dive bar. Right now the shutdown is expected to last two weeks and there's hope that a new partnership or investor could surface. 

Uncle Elizabeth's
And right down the street, Capitol Hill Seattle blog bids farewell to internet cafe Uncle Elizabeth's. The future of the space at 1123 Pike probably doesn't hold a bar or restaurant.


The Coterie Room
Owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough are shutting the doors of their third restaurant, almost two years after they opened Coterie. They are converting it into an event space, according to Eater Seattle. The guys might also sell merchandise from their other establishments Spur, Tavern Law, and Old Sage.


Little Uncle: Pioneer Square 
Little Uncle’s newer location
announced that they will expand their hours to include dinner service from 5-8pm according to Eater Seattle. The restaurant is also changing up its menu, offering more small plates and some new large plates.


Starbucks Roasting House
The coffee giant is opening a roasting slash retail facility in an appropriately giant space on Pike Street, most recently home to the Utrecht art store and a Volvo dealership. A Starbucks representative told Capitol Hill Seattle blog that the project is a first time the company will roast beans in a neighborhood space rather than a large, more industrial facility.

Bartell Drugs Growler Fill Station: Greenwood
The inaugural growler fill station at the new South Lake Union Bartell’s proved so popular that a new Greenwood Bartell’s will also offer growler filling. Bartell’s is asking customers what local beers they would like to see on tap.

Bar Code
A year and a half after his departure form the now defunct Chino’s, barman Evan Martin has resurfaced as manager of the soon-to-open cocktail bar in Bellevue called Bar Code. The new scratch cocktail bar will feature a classic cocktail menu put together by Martin. It's expected to open by mid-October.

Lower Queen Anne's Melrose Market Spinoff
Scott Shapiro, codeveloper of Melrose Market, is working on creating a similar new space at 203 W Thomas. Like the Melrose Market, on Capitol Hill, the new venture would include a variety of local restaurants and retailers. We will keep you posted with new developments.  

The Grog
The back bar at the Ballard Annex Oyster House gets a life of its own. The rotating food menu and drink list is still in the works; the Grog is expected to open November 1.


The Rainier R Returns
The Tully’s T was taken down from the Old Rainier Brewery this week. The plan is to re-install the iconic (and newly restored) Rainier R, whichadorned the building until 2000 when Tully’s moved in. Later this month the Rainer Brewing Company will tour the new red R around the city followed by a free installation party with, of course, a beer garden.