Blue cheese with pear...yum. Photo via Bannister Facebook page

OPENINGS

Bannister
The Central District restaurant opened on Tuesday with a menu heavy on small plates and sharables. Pick from a menu of crostini, charcuterie boards, and oysters to pair with the carefully selected wines and beers. It is open Tues­–Sun, 4–10pm at 1408 18th Ave.

Kanak
The new Indian restaurant in Captiol Hill is now open every day of the week for lunch and dinner. Located at 340 15th Ave E, the menu features traditional dishes like chicken butter masala, tikki masala, and goa coconut curry. Most entrees are listed at $11–$13. 

CLOSINGS

Seastar Restaurant and Bar
You still have time to dine at the South Lake Union outpost of John Howie's seafood restaurant before it closes January 3, 2015. Howie announced this week that he and landlord Vulcan "came to a mutual decision” to end the lease after five years in the space. If it's any consolation, Howie’s Beardslee Public House and Wildwood Spirits Co. are set to open that same month.

A&J Meats
The Queen Anne butcher is shutting its doors after a 63-year long existence. The owner’s grandfather opened the store in 1951 and it will close shortly after Thanksgiving.

COMING SOON

La Bête Spaghetti Western
Well, we didn’t see this one coming, or did we? After closing in August to revamp the space and menu into a whole new restaurant, owner Aleks Dimitrijevic has dubbed his new creation Spaghetti Western. Opening date is set for November 11 and you can expect spaghetti and barbecue. No, this is not a joke. Run don’t walk.

Mod Pizza Ballard
The watch-them-make-it pizza restaurant will open a flagship location in Ballard come December. It will be in the former Ivar’s space (6000 15th Ave NW) and boast an 800-degree oven and outdoor space, according to Eater Seattle

Whole Foods Capitol Hill
Don't get too excited, this location of the mega popular grocery chain won't open until 2018, but it is coming. According to Capitol Hill Seattle, the aspirational grocer will be located on Broadway, near Madison St, and right in the middle of everything. Soon, you too will be able to stock up on your $5 vegan cookies and $10 grass-fed, all-natural chicken breasts.  

HAPPY HOUR

Hitchcock Deli Georgetown
The Georgetown sibling to Hitchcock Deli on Bainbridge Island will now offer a happy hour filled with $1.50 oysters, $5­–$10 smoked meats and fish, and $11 bottles of wine. Happy hour runs weekdays from 3–7pm; some items will change with the seasons.

UPDATES

Lark 2.0
John Sundstrom will officially close the current space on 12th Ave after its final night of service on November 26. Lark will then move to its new home in the Central Agency Building and reopen some time in early December. The second part of the project, Bitter/Raw will open at the same time, though Slab Sandwiches and Pie will follow close behind in mid-December. Change is good, people.

REVIVALS

Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes
This space was originally going to lament the lack of gingerbread lattes this holiday season, but after an uproar by the most devout and obsessive coffee fanatics in the world, Starbucks has announced that instead of withholding the liquefied-gingerbread-man drink on the west coast, and eggnog lattes everywhere else, there will be gingerbread and eggnog lattes for everyone everywhere. Phew…glad we averted that crisis.

  

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