MistralKitchen’s happy hour just got an hour happier.

PASSINGS
Hanna Raskin pays tribute to Daniel Sandal, founder of Daniel’s Broiler restaurant, who passed away Sunday at age 71. A longtime Seattle meat supplier, Sandal’s client list included everyone from Canlis to Dick’s. He went on to the restaurant business, making solid hires that included a bartender by the name of Murray Stenson. A “celebration of Sandal’s life” will happen Sunday at Daniel’s Broiler.

SOUTH LAKE UNION
MistralKitchen is celebrating 2012 with a little gift to its patrons. Dinner hours now start at 4, which means happy hour is an hour longer.

Starbucks has apparently addressed its grave shortage of stores in the city. Obsessive local Mermaid blogger Starbucks Melody says the coffee chain has opened a new location at the corner of Terry and Republican. The store has a Clover, but perhaps of more interest is the promise of beer and wine “sometime in the spring of this year.”

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Eater has a roundup of restaurant openings to keep an eye on. In Capitol Hill, Skelly and the Bean is in its final few weeks before opening, and 8 oz. Burger Bar is now hoping to open in early January. In Madrona, Restaurant Bea is on track for mid-February, and in South Lake Union The Wurst Place is just awaiting health inspection.

Providence Cicero of The Seattle Times has posted her favorite dishes of 2011. If you need suggestions of places to eat at in 2012, the long list of preferred plates is a good addition to our own Kathryn Robinson’s 2011 choices.

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