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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: BBQ and froyo in Ballard, fancy fish and chips in Capitol Hill, Little Uncle expands its hours.

By Anne Larkin January 13, 2012

Look forward to the 20 beers on tap at almost-open Wurst Place.


My Ballard reports that the neighborhood now has its very own self-serve frozen yogurt shop right on Market Street. Choose from 12 different flavors ranging from plain old vanilla to cappuccino and cake batter.

Bitterroot BBQ
Long in the works, this Ballard BBQ joint is almost open. Owners Hannah and Grant Carter have passed their last inspections hope to start serving next week. With any luck they’ll soon fire up their custom-built smoker, fueled by grape and alder wood from Hannah’s family’s property, and crank out heaps of dry-rubbed ribs and pulled pork to be paired with their extensive collection of All-American whiskeys and beers.

8 oz. Burger Bar
The northernmost restaurant in Govind Armstrong’s California-based minichain softly opened Monday with a grand opening planned for Monday, January 16, according to Eater Seattle. In the works: humanely raised and all-natural beef and wild boar burgers, not to mention the short-rib grilled cheese sandwich with onion marmalade and a peanut butter and jelly shake.

Madison Park patisserie Belle Epicurean opened Provisions on Tuesday, a little shop full of delightfully foodie condiments, wine, books, and—best of all—tins of take-and-bake items from the bakery. (Think warm pear almond brioche buns for breakfast in bed.)

Five Fish Bistro
Located on Broadway in Capitol Hill, Five Fish Bistro is now open softly, with plans for a grand opening in just under a month on February 7. Owner Garnet Pitre promises a refined take on the simple fare of fish and chips, with five kinds of fresh fish and seafood (and even a gluten-free option) offered every day.

La Lot
Local pho restaurateur Cynthia Hoang’s newest endeavor is slated to open in a few weeks in the Aspira building at the corner of Stewart and Terry. We can expect a more upscale endeavor than Hoang’s other cafes; “more wine and dine” than “noodles and slurp” from the sleek Vietnamese-fusion spot.

Little Uncle
The Thai takeout project from Lark sous chef Wiley Frank and his wife, has extended its hours, says Eater Seattle. It’s ow open 11–7 Tuesday through Friday, and credit cards will be accepted for orders over $10.

Fuji Bakery
This life-changing pastry destination has reopened after a two-week holiday break. Owner Akihiro Nakamura says the Bellevue location got a bit of a face lift during the hiatus. Get your green-tea danish and red-bean bun fix there or the International District location.

The Wurst Place
South Lake Union’s beer and sausage mecca will hopefully open next week, and we’ve got photos of the highly eclectic interior. Look forward to beer, of course, and Belgian frites.

The Lucky Diner
Blueberry flapjacks and pork chop sandwiches are coming to your door…as long as your door is located in Belltown. The neighborhood diner now delivers from 5 to 10 Monday through Saturday, Sunday 5–9.


Cool Whirled
East of Ballard, froyo’s not doing so hot: Fremont Universe reports that the neighborhood’s only frozen yogurt joint is closing after just four months. The Fremont Avenue storefront is now up for rent.

Plagued by failed health inspections, Ballard’s long-standing Zesto’s is closing,
to be replaced by RoRo BBQ and Burgers, says MyBallard. There are two other RoRos slinging pulled pork sandwiches and sweet potato fries: one in Wallingford and one in Georgetown.


Owner of Pioneer Square institution Il Terrazzo Carmine Carmine Smeraldo passed away on Wednesday, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal. The beloved owner of the nearly 30-year-old restaurant will be greatly missed; our condolences to his family and friends.

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