What Recession?

New Restaurants Galore

Exciting eats on the horizon.

By Kathryn Robinson January 11, 2010

Is that…hope we’re catching whiffs of? Judging by the numbers of new spots getting ready to open, we suspect it is—and not a moment too soon. Here are a few:

Blueacre Seafood Restaurant, the new enterprise of Steelhead Diner owners Kevin and Terresa Davis, is an omni-regional seafood restaurant set to open this spring. If the nonlocal seafood theme sounds familiar, perhaps it reminds you of the late Oceanaire Seafood Room. Surprise! Kevin Davis not only used to cook there—Blueacre will occupy Oceanaire’s former real estate at Seventh and Olive.

In April, say hello to PNK Restaurant and Ultra Lounge, a spacious Latin fusion restaurant and lounge to occupy space on the fourth floor of Pacific Place. Brother/sister duo Rob and Tammy Armijo owned three lounges in the metro Denver area before moving here, and plan to fill the lounge with flat screens and couches and cocktails and other necessities for serious business meetings.

Capitol Hill’s new Melrose Project will hold both Matt Dillon’s relocation of Sitka and Spruce and Tamara Murphy’s (Brasa) new Capitol Hill spot, Terra Plata, come springtime.

Luc, the hotly anticipated casual bar/cafe from Rover’s impresario Thierry Rautureau, will be open in February. Look for a bar, a kitchen, and food to go—burgers to bourguignon.

As for Rautureau’s buddy Tom Douglas…he’s staying closed-mouthed about the name of his new joint, to open late spring next to Etta’s Seafood at the north end of Pike Place Market.

Finally, look soon for Emmer and Rye to open in the former Julia’s space at the crown of Queen Anne Hill. Very soon. Like February 1. Seth Caswell, formerly chef at Stumbling Goat Bistro will bring his strictly seasonal aesthetic to the revamped Victorian, with small and large dishes along the lines of, say, hanger steak with beef cheeks, red onions, and smoky blue arancini.

Can you spell yum?

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