Ponti gets a neighbor: the Book Bindery will open along the Fremont Canal at 198 Nickerson Street.

Earlier in the week @CitySearchSEA sent out a query to her tweeps: "Does anyone know when the Book Bindery is open? Have I missed this news?" Here’s an update for you, @CitySearchSEA: As we reported in this roundup of new restaurants, manager Patric Gabre-Kidan expected construction would wrap this week, with a soft debut to follow soon after.

The bistro-style Book Bindery is one part of a larger, way ambitious operation located on the Fremont Canal. Owned by Mike Almquist, he will dedicate the rest of the 20,000-square-foot space to his Almquist Family Vintners. In an email from McCarthy and Schiering Wine Merchants announcing an upcoming tasting of Almquist blends, the restaurant’s open date is put at October 1.

Plans for a greenhouse, which was to seat diners as well harvest foodstuffs, have been scrapped for now, says Gabre-Kidan: "We have sadly had to abandon that for the time being. We are still going to build it, but we won’t break ground on that phase for a month or two. That … will reduce our seating capacity by half giving us 28 seats plus 12 bar stools in the meantime."

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