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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: Meatballs, cheap noodles, Thai food, and gelato.

By Brian Colella December 23, 2011

Wiley Frank, shown here at Columbia City Farmers Market, opens LIttle Uncle on East Madison. Photo by Carey Rose.

Bartender Erik Carlson is moving on from Moshi Moshi Sushi, but not too far, says Voracious. Carlson will take over as bar manager at nearby Bastille early next year.

Eater says Little Uncle is now open at 1509 East Madison. The Thai walk-up window will serve street-style lunches four days a week.

CHS reports that D’Ambrosio Gelato is bring its business to 12th and Pine, formerly home to the (very) short-lived Varro. Owner Marco D’Ambrosio says the Capitol Hill spot will have more flavors and a larger vegan selection.

Last week Emerald City Orchids unveiled a new cafe serving up sandwiches and coffee amongst the flowers, says Phinneywood.

Meatball emporium Polpetta debuted atop Queen Anne. Open 11:30 to 10 daily, the family style eatery serves beef, veal, pork, wild boar, fish, chicken, and vegetable varieties, one for $3 or three for $8. Also available: meatball sandwiches, veal meatloaf, and a bevy of pastas. Full bar, too.

U:Don, the fast casual noodle shop we’ve talked about before, is now sofly open. Owner Tak Kurachi told Allecia Vermillion that the eatery will be operating with limited hours through Christmas.

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