Link Lab Artisan Meats
Lopez Island's Jones Family Farm has aquired Link Lab after the Fremont sausage factory closed in 2014. Husband-and-wife team Nick and Sara Jones, both fans of the company, decided to purchase to keep it open. They'll be having an open house (a sausage fest, if you will) to announce a few new projects and collaborations on Saturday from 11am to 4pm, and word has it they'll also be making an appearance at Taste Washington in March.
Ms. Helen Is Back
Central District stalwart Ms. Helen Coleman closed her Southern restaurant the Rose Petals when its building was torn down following significant damage from the Nisqually earthquake. After a few bizarre bumps in the road (possible fraud and identity theft among them), MidTown Center owner Tom Bangasser approved Ms. Helen's proposed lease in the building at a Saturday community meeting. Granted, there are some caveats—Bangasser is still trying to sell the building at 23rd and Union, and if he does, Ms. Helen will have to move again—but until then, we're just happy Ms. Helen's catfish isn't gone forever.
La Bodega Kickstarter
This Dominican restaurant on Prefontaine Place is the latest in a line of eateries turning to Kickstarter to fund projects. It's hoping to raise $9,000 to build a patio and possible canopy next to the tiny restaurant. The fundraiser has 16 days and about $6,200 to go. Donors who give $100 will be invited to a grand opening party when the patio is complete.
Jon French’s popup coffee shop has found a permanent home in the form of Hilliard’s taproom in Ballard, reported Eater. Starting in March, Mmmhmm will be open seven days a week from 7 till 3, with Hilliard’s resuming regular service from 3pm onward. In addition to coffee and espresso, French plans to sell pastries from Morsel and charcuterie.
Pike Place Market Addition
Our own Allecia Vermillion checked in on Pike Place Market’s planned expansion on Nosh Pit yesterday. Biscuits, beer, and chocolate await.
Starbucks Reserve Subscription Service
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room launched a "curated subscription" service on Tuesday, according to a press release from the company. Rather than braving the killer lines at Capitol Hill’s (apparently very successful) roastery, Reserve fans can now have coffees delivered to their door for three, six, or 12 months—or indefinitely, to the tune of $24 a month. Subscriptions are available on Starbucks’ website.