Bar Hitchcock Completes a Bainbridge Trio
Bar Hitchcock, the third Hitchcock-branded Bainbridge Island joint, is set to open today. The restaurant is planned as an all-day cafe and bar, taking some weight off the shoulders of Hitchcock Deli next door. The menu runs relaxed, but not lazy: for breakfast, shakshouka, a Middle Eastern egg-and-tomato comfort dish; for lunch, a porchetta sandwich with salsa verde. The cocktail menu is big on the fruit and flowers, and you'll be able to get upscale bar snacks, like BBQ pork cheeks and mussels with honey mead, between 4 and 10.
Musang's Revving Up
Just a day before its fundraiser closed, Musang, the consistently sold-out Filipino popup born on Sundays in Bar del Corso, raised its goal of $75,000 for a brick-and-mortar location. The popup, run by "hot chef" Melissa Miranda, has been all about bringing Filipino food back to Seattle. Musang is in the process of settling into a permanent location on Beacon Hill, a neighborhood with deep Filipino roots, and is fundraising to build out the space: Miranda envisions a restaurant that draws on both tropical warmth and Filipino urbanism to compliment the food. They haven't yet announced the location, but earlier this month, Miranda told us that she'd found "The One," so keep your eyes peeled for more details.
Never Enough Shake Shack
We're feeling all kinds of deja vu: Shake Shack, which just announced a new location in Kirkland, is also opening a University Village location, according to Eater. No word yet on when exactly it'll be open, but good news for those who can't slog all the way down to South Lake Union.
End of an Era, I Guess
Even as the University Village thrives, downtown's malls—Westlake Center and Pacific Place—continue to struggle. The latest casualty? P.F. Chang's, just on the edge of Westlake plaza. The restaurant will end service on March 24. Hard to say if the closure is because of falling attendance at malls in general, or because there's finally better food to eat around downtown.
Tangletown Public House to Replace Elysian Brewing
Elysian Brewing's Tangletown location closed sometime earlier this week with no fanfare, according to Eater. The once-local brewery, owned by Anheuser-Busch since 2015, has closed two locations recently. The downtown Elysian Bar shuttered in August to make room for a high-rise. But according to a sign on the Tangletown window, the taps will be flowing again soon. David Buhler, a founder and co-owner of Elysian, will be opening his own Tangletown Public House in its place, even as he stays on at Elysian. While the new pub won't be brewing, it'll have a curated selection of local beers on draft and plans to host live music.