These sandwiches are in very capable hands.

MEATY EXCITEMENT

Miles James at Hitchcock Deli
When the former Dot's Delicatessen closed last year
, its fans mourned. Then they wondered what its proprietor (a major talent with all things meat) would do next. This week Hitchcock Deli owner Brendan McGill announced that Miles James is the new chef—for now, just the Bainbridge location, "but there's room to grow." James and McGill have already processed a whole hog together, meaning some new specialty charcuteries are underway. Meanwhile at the deli's elder sibling restaurant Hitchcock, chef JJ Johnson has come on board as chef de cuisine.

OPENINGS

Vendemmia 
Brian Clevenger sent word this week that his new casual, pasta-focused restaurant will open its doors in Madrona on Thursday, May 28. The former Tavolàta and Staple and Fancy chef is planning a menu that's simple, rustic, and full of seasonal vegetables. Vendemmia will kick things off with happy hour and dinner per Eater. The 1,300-square-foot restaurant only seats 36 so reserve a table through OpenTable

Ripple Cafe
Mother-daughter duo and West Seattle residents Barbara Underwood and Kyle Krashen quietly opened the neighborhood cafe replacing the old JC's Deli on 35th Ave SW reported West Seattle Blog. The cafe will be open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday;expect baked goods (with gluten-free options), hearty sandwiches with proteins roasted in-house on Macrina bread, salads, Zoka cold brew and more. Check the Facebook page for up-to-date specialty items. 

CLOSINGS

Mama's Mexican Kitchen
Bethany Jean Clement at the Seattle Times reports that the 41-year-old Belltown institution will close this fall, eventually demolished to make way for a mixed-use development. As Clement puts it, "Few would count the loss of Mama’s as a culinary tragedy," but its departure will be mourned none the less.

COMING SOON

FlintCreek Cattle Co. 
Eric Donnelly and Christy Given of Fremont's RockCreek have big plans for a new restaurant in Greenwood, focusing on leaner meats like rabbit and bison that have a smaller carbon footprint than beef. By fall, the 1926 brick building, formerly the Antika furniture store, should be transformed into a stunning restaurant space with 17-foot ceilings and a mezzanine.

Standard Brewing
Justin Gerardy, owner of Central District's teeny (but excellent) brewery has grand plans of expanding...while staying put in his existing space. Read on for more details on the taproom, summer patio plans, and new brews on Nosh Pit

Super Six
Marination owners Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison have a name for their forthcoming spot in Columbia City
. Its location in a former auto body shop pointed them toward inspired them to pay tribute to a sporty roadster from a bygone decade.

PATIOS

Just a reminder, here's a list of new and revamped patios to kick off the summer season. Plus a few newcomers to watch for in the next few months.

Cuadra No. 32
Speaking of new and breezy patios, chef Antonio Paloma and operating partner Anatolia Ferguson quietly opened an Italian eatery in Belltown May 1 per Eater. With 70 seats inside and 20 on its patio, garage doors will be swung wide open during warm days.