Jason Harris' bento-box popup bloomed into a store front restaurant this week. Image courtesy of Bloom Bento's Facebook.

OPENINGS

Bloom Restaurant
The former Japanese bento-box popup upgraded to a brick-and-mortar restaurant earlier this week at 5410 17th Ave NW (just off of Market Street). Chef Jason Harris (formerly at Showa) says he's most excited to showcase seasonal sashimi with Washington albacore in the summer and uni in the winter.

The Dish: Green Lake
Eater Seattle reports that the Ballard breakfast spot opened a second outpost this week in Green Lake—at the old Irwin's location at 65th and Latona, to be exact. Expect a similar menu of fresh juice, coffee and traditional breakfast offerings

Pecado Bueno: West Seattle
The Fremont hotspot
for $3 margaritas has expanded its casual taqueria style to West Seattle by taking over the old Wingdome location on California Avenue, says West Seattle Blog. The new location opened Thursday, just in time to cater to the last of summer's beachgoing crowds.

COMING SOON

Cupcake Royale: Queen Anne
The cheeky cupcakery is planning a new location on Queen Anne Ave at Crockett. Yes, there will be cupcakes and ice cream. Also: cold-brewed Stumptown on draft and a new line of breakfast pastries.

Lunchbox Laboratory: Gig Harbor
This popular spot for juicy burgers and boozy shakes recently announced it would be expanding south, adding a new location at Point Fosdick Square in Gig Harbor. Expect an opening date sometime in early September. 

CLOSINGS

Med Mex
This relative newcomer to the Central District was reportedly a victim of arson early Monday morning, according to Central District News. Med Mix has been the go-to spot among the neighborhood for quick Mediterranean-style eats. Although the restaurant is closed due to damage, the owner does plan to rebuild and reopen.

CELEBRATIONS

DeLuxe
This long-time bar and grill at the corner of Broadway E and E Roy Street has been enjoying its 50th summer as one of Capitol Hill's oldest and most beloved spots. It hosted its 50th birthday party on Thursday with cake, live music and a champagne toast.  Happy birthday, DeLuxe! Here's to another 50.

SHIFT CHANGES

Stoneburner
Elizabeth Shoemaker, most recently part of the pastry team at Canlis, has just been named pastry chef of this new Ballard Avenue restaurant bearing the name of chef Jason Stoneburner. He is excited to bring her on to the team, saying that “her pastry style fits in perfectly with the simple but innovative flavors of the rest of the menu." 

REVAMPS

The Park Pub
This Phinney Ridge sports bar has been sold, according to PhinneyWood blog. The neighborhood joint will now be owned by Justin Sauvageau, who has already started adding his touch with new big-screen TVs just in time for football season.

Duck Island Ale House
The Duck has added a kitchen, and a menu that includes a big old plate of fried chicken. Like any good renovation, this one also added a Skee Ball machine.

Fran's Chocolates
The Seattle icon is moving its headquarters from its long-time spot on Capitol Hill over to the old Rainier Brewery building in Georgetown, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. Fran's daughter and CEO Andrina Bigelow says that the company plans to hold on to the old location, although they have not yet decided what they will do with it. 

GOOD CAUSES

Menchie's: U Village
Starting this week, all Menchie's nationwide will be raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Customers can donate $1 or more at the register from August 12 to September 3. Take a trip to the U Village location, where a weekly special allows you to fill your froyo cup as high as you'd like for a flat rate of $5. 

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