Food News Roundup

Neighborhood Food News: Ray’s New Executive Chef, New Year’s Party Ideas

This week: A blend of food news, shifts and shakeups, and holiday event planning

By Brian Colella December 30, 2011

The chef may change, but the view stays the same at Ray’s Boathouse.

Ray’s Boathouse is getting Wayne Johnson as its new executive chef starting February 6. You may know him from Andaluca and Oliver’s Lounge, or his appearance on Iron Chef America.

One of our favorite bars, The Copper Gate, is looking for a brunch chef who can also develop the menu for the venue’s forthcoming brunch service. Drop off a resume if you’re interested.

Lucky 8 is bringing American Chinese food to the Hill starting New Year’s Day, says CHS. At 14th and Union, it’s part of the Oola Distillery building, and will offer takeout and delivery.

Washington Beer Blog has details on The Publican, a new bar and restaurant in Tangletown. Open since Wednesday, the bar features an impressive array of 21 craft-beer taps.

Queen Anne View reports a theft of the tip jars at Le Reve Bakery and Emerald City Smoothie on Queen Anne Ave. Le Reve captured the theft on video, and anyone with info should call Ricardo Martinez at the SPD: 206-625-5011.

Also from Queen Anne View, a couple of closures. Ototo Sushi is facing closure as it can’t agree on lease terms with its landlord, and tea emporium The Teacup is shutting down for the same reason. They won’t be gone completely—Ototo may relocate, and the Teacup will continue as an online tea vendor. KOMO says neighboring Polpetta, formerly Enza Cucina Siciliana, is also facing eviction.

Another Marination Station is a little bit closer to reality. Alki Crab and Fish Co.’s appeal of the Seacrest Boathouse property contract was rejected by the Seattle Parks Department.

Do the New Year right with a classy New Year’s Eve dinner, followed by one of our favorite concerts or bashes.

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