This doesn't look like any other Chinese restaurant we've ever been to. Photo via Zhu Dang Facebook page

OPENINGS

Zhu Dang
This spot on Olive Way goes big with Chinese food. Look for lion's head meatballs with cabbage and glass noodles, Szechuanese seafood claypot, and a pan fried kabocha squash doughtnut with black sesame in the soaring space that used to be the Social. The restaurant is now open for dinner service at 5pm Tuesday-Sunday.

COMING SOON

The Market Hall
So you like Dean and Deluca? Or maybe you've been to Eataly? Well folks, downtown is getting a giant food hall/market of its own come January, at 809 Olive Way to be exact. While there won't be fresh produce or a butcher, according to Eaterthere will be an espresso bar, pizza station, sushi, and a huuuge prepared foods station. 

Suika Snack Bar
The Canadian-based Asian restaurant has been working on its Seattle outpost (611 E Pine St) since this summer, and it is now set to open next week, according to Eater. Looking at its Vancouver location menu, the my ebi-mayo (cilantro battered, fried tiger prawns), Hellz chicken (chicken with, you got it, a really spicy sauce), and asari yaki udon (thick noodles with mainla clams and citron pepper) sound like no-brainers. 

HAPPY HOUR

Mezcaleria Oaxaca
The late night happy hour began just a couple months ago, but the times are a'changing: Now happy hour runs Monday–Thursday 5–7pm, Monday–Saturday 10pm–midnight, and all night on Sundays. With $4 margaritas and $5 food selections, that patio will get some use despite the sad temperatures. 

CLOSINGS

Sante Fe Cafe  
It's a shame when these things happen because of landlord issues. According to Eater, the 33-year old restaurant in Phinney Ridge will close on January 1, 2015. 

SHIFT CHANGE

Rendezvous and Jewelbox Theater
Jerry Everard, the guy behind projects like the Central Agency Building (Lark's new home) has bought the Belltown bar/restaurant/theater and installed Simon Pantet as its new chef. Pantet began his career at the Madrona Ale House, was on Top Chef for a hot minute, and most recently running the Urban Nomad food truck. Now that he's taken over the kitchen at 2322 Second Ave, Pantet is recreating the Rendezcous's original 1926. Expect updated versions of dishes like rice tomato soup and beef stew, plus some of his own creations. 

  

 

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