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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: June closes its doors in Madrona, The Innkeeper opens in Belltown, Thai Curry Simple heads to South Lake Union.

By Brian Colella December 9, 2011

William von Schneidau, the butcher formerly known as Bill, brings his meatspertise to Pike Place Market.

MyBallard says Bad Albert’s Tap and Grill is open again after being revamped. New owners Shawn and Cory Rockey bought the shuttered eatery this summer.

Glenn Drosendahl reports that Central- and South-American focused gastro-tavern the Innkeeper opened last month. From the Black Bottle people, the new restaurant takes over where Marco’s Supper Club used to be.

8 oz Burger Bar has delayed their opening, says Eater Seattle. The plan was originally December 12, but due to a lack of health inspection, it won’t open until at least the 19th.

From Eater, Quinn’s has acquired Michael Mina chef de cuisine Jemery Ravetz, who previously worked in Seattle at Lark.

Neil Robertson, who we know from Canlis and MistralKitchen, announced a location for his long-awaited bakery. Crumble and Flake Patisserie on Olive Way aims to start business in April, and don’t worry, there will be macarons.

Chelsea Deli, the East Coast–style delicatessen from Dave Harris, is closing. Allecia Vermillion spoke to Pon Sakonthong, who’s been running the deli since Harris left two months ago, and Sakonthong said the closing is due to issues with the landlord.

On Monday, W Hotel Seattle revealed plans to makeover their entire first-floor space. The closure, which started December 2, is expected to last until March 2012. The hotel’s restaurant and bar, Earth and Ocean, will be reopened under a new moniker: Trace.

The Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel opened a new gastropub called Hook and Plow. The Thomas Horner–helmed eatery, replacing Restaurant 2100, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a happy hour menu available 4–6 featuring bites for under $6 and drinks for under $7.

He may no longer be Bill the Butcher, but William von Schneidau is still a butcher. Steamy imbroglios aside, von Schneidau has opened BB Ranch in Pike Place. The full-service butcher shop is open 9–6 Monday–Saturday, and till 5 on Sundays.

German-style cafe Kafe Berlin opened at 613 9th Ave, reports CHS. Hours are 5am–4 Monday–Friday, 8–4 Saturday and Sunday.

From Fremont Universe, news of a new barbecue joint, Pete’s Fremont Fire Pit, from Roxy’s Diner owner Peter Glick. The all-ages restaurant serves burgers, barbecue, and booze.

Voracious has details regarding June’s closing. Just a year after opening, the venture from Portage owner Vuong Loc is finished. Apparently longtime Seattle chef Tom Black, whose resume includes executive chef at Woodinville’s Barking Frog, will be opening Restaurant Bea in the space.

Thai Curry Simple is adding a third location to its roster (thought the Capitol Hill walkup’s days are numbered, thanks to an upcoming development project). Dominic Holden of the Stranger posted a letter from owners Picha and Mark who say they are taking over the former Bad Monkey Bistro space on Boren, and look to open the 95-seat eatery in February.

Regional pizza chain The Rock is hard at work on its first Seattle outpost, located in the Maxwell Hotel. In a press release peppered with terms such as ‘dig, hip, rockin’, vibe, and scene’, the pizza eatery also announced plans to open 30 more spots around the country. Groovy.

West Seattle Blog discovered that Marination Mobile is planning another station. Per WSB’s report, Marination was awarded the contract previously held by Seacrest Boathouse for Alki Crab and Fish, who has appealed the decision.

West Seattle Blog suspected Porterhouse had closed but couldn’t confirm for sure until a “Business for Sale” sign appeared in the window this week.

Mark McConnell, Cecilia Rikard, and Portalis sous Donovan Macinnis are going Off the Rez with a Native American–themed food truck slated for stops in South Lake Union, on Pike for late-night eats, and more.

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