Mussels at Alicia Fusion Bistro. Photo via Green Leaf's Facebook page.

OPENINGS

Alicia Fusion Bistro
As we reported earlier this week, the family behind the excellent Green Leaf has opened a fusion restaurant in Leschi. Some menu items look familiar--like the pho and banh mi--but the fusion is apparent in the beef tartare, oysters on the half shell with kimchi puree, and a burger with pickled cucumbers and lime aioli.

Big Chickie
The long-awaited Peruvian-style chicken restaurant has finished up construction and will begin service very soon, as reported by Eater Seattle. And it looks damn stylish. Back in April, Nosh Pit reported that this quick-service pollo a la brasa restaurant was going into a former gas station site in Hillman City. Order chickens whole or by the half or quarter.

COMING SOON

Nue
Capitol Hill Seattle blog checks in on the global street food project that's headed to the REO Flats building on 14th this fall, likely November. The space will apparently have a walk-up nitrogen ice cream window, which will dispense flavors ranging from lemon custard to smoked hay or squid ink. Owner Chris Cvetkovich is a newcomer to the restaurant business, but chef Ben Godwin's resume includes Salish Lodge and the Fat Duck.

Mammoth
The owners of Bitterroot BBQ are opening a a sandwich and beer spot in Eastlake around the end of the year, according to Eater Seattle.The turkey, chicken, and pork will spend time in the Bitterroot smoker and a bottle shop area whill be filled with an impressive 200 beers, plus a growler filling station with 48 taps.

CLOSINGS 

Cafe Parco
Madison Park Blogger broke the news that Madison Park’s only Italian restaurant has closed. Owner Celinda Norton and her family had run the restaurant for three years.  

Kidd Valley Queen Anne
The burger restaurant's Queen Anne Ave location has closed and will be replaced by a CVS Pharmacy reports Queen Anne View. There are still seven other locations to get your burgers and shakes from. 

SHIFT CHANGE

Lia Lira at Sugar Mountain
The veteran of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Culinary Concepts and Top Chef Miami is the new culinary director at Sugar Mountain, overseeing the mini empire that includes Beecher's, Maximus Minimus, Pasta and Co., Bennett's, and newcomer Liam's. Lira,is a Tacoma native and will focus her efforts on Sugar Mountain's new restaurant projects.

MEALS

Kaisho
The izakaya concept that evolved in the Boom Noodle space on Pike is adding brunch to its offerings, specifically an Asian-inflected menu of breakfast tacos, dim sum, and hangover noodle soup. It runs Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 3. 

E. Smith Mercantile
The mercantile-bar that graced our January cover sent word that it now serves lunch, namely a lovely little menu of sandwiches (like brie, apple, and raddichio or house-cured salmon with ricotta and cucumber) and "bites" like a polenta pizza with blue cheese, arugula, and caramelized onions.

 

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