Where is the wide-eyed emoji when you need it most? Photo via Rigoletto's Facebook page

OPENINGS

Rigoletto
The historic (and incredible) Supply Laundry Building is now home to Rigoletto, a northern Italian restaurant. The menu leans toward traditional pastas and meats, such as linquine allo scoglio, linguine with clams, mussels, scallops, prawns, tomato, and white wine reduction and ossobuco alla Milanese: veal ossobuco with polenta and gremolata.

Hommage
The former Book Bindery space reopened on Wednesday. The new chef hails from Artusi and brings with him a more laid-back, French menu and technique for the restaurant. There were some changes to the dining room as well to make the space more comfortable, such as new banquette-style seating.

Westlake Park’s Food Truck Pods
After a successful trial run this summer, the food truck pod at Westlake Plaza will now operate seven days a week, transforming a high-trafficked area into a legitimately pleasant lunchtime scene. During the week there will be at least two food trucks in the pod from 11am–2:30pm, including appearances from Biscuit Box, Falafel Salem, and The People’s Burger.

COMING SOON

Jewel Box Bar
Like we said, this upscale-goes-causal area of MistralKitchen will feature some killer cocktail pairings to go with the Spanish and Korean influenced menu starting in November. The current Jewel Box space will be getting a design upgrade, as will the restaurant’s glassware collection. The new bar will feature blown-glass cocktail glasses designed and made by owner William Belickis and glassblower William Schunke.

Pie Bar Ballard
The all-things-pie restaurant in Capitol Hill is expanding to a larger location in Ballard according to Eater. The second outpost of the popular late-night dessert and drinks concept will be moving into the former Great Harvest Bread Company space in the historic Bagdad Theater. The menu always has a selection of savory and sweet pies including chicken alfredo, peach melba, and coconut cream. An opening date is set for the end of December.

Novilhos Brazilian Steakhouse
The popular Bellevue steakhouse is opening a second location in South Lake Union in mid-October. Owned by a Brazil native, the menu will have seventeen different cuts of various meats paraded out to guests on large rods. There is a fixed price depending on the time of day and it is all-you-can-eat. This restaurant isn’t for the faint of heart or those with high cholesterol.

CLOSINGS

Twirl Cafe
The kid emporium in Queen Anne is shuttering its doors and welcoming a children’s education studio. The last day to sip lattes as you watch your kids play is October 31.

SHIFT CHANGE

Big Changes at El Gaucho
Owner and CEO Paul Mackay will step down as chef Sarah Scott steps up to take over as Executive Chef at the Bellevue location of the steakhouse. Mackay’s son will be taking over as CEO in his father’s stead as current chef John Broulette takes over as sous chef in order to spend more time with his family and allow Scott to shine.

BLAME THE SEAWALL

Waterfront Restaurants Are Closing for Winter
Red Robin, Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Elliot’s Oyster House, Starbucks, and more will be closed until July 2015 due to seawall construction. Closures stretch from the Seattle Aquarium to the Colman dock, with many businesses on Pier 57 remaining open.

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