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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: Manhattan Drugs steak house opens on Capitol Hill, Gainsbourg comes back postfire

By Brian Colella January 6, 2012

Gainsbourg, one of our favorite bars in 2009, has reopened after a little kitchen-fire trauma.

OPENINGS
Manhattan Drugs, Po Dog owner Laura Olson’s latest venture, is now open for dinner service on Capitol Hill. Brunch comes next Saturday, the 14th, and lunch follows two days later.

Gainsbourg returns after a short fire-induced hiatus. Phinneywood reports that the Greenwood Ave watering hole is back with a limited menu and revamped bar, with a real grand opening planned for January 28.

CLOSINGS
U District ramen-ya Lounjin has closed, says Eater, to be replaced by Tea Republik, about which info is lacking.

Phinneywood brings word that the Greenwood Fred Meyer is shutting down on February 25 for a remodel. The Greenwood Market is the collateral damage in the operation, which expands Fred Meyer by 55,000 square feet, with groceries.

SHIFT CHANGES
Dylan Giordan, after 10 years with Serafina, has jumped the puddle to Kirkland’s Bin on the Lake at Carillon Point, where he will roll out a brand new menu.

Queen Anne’s How to Cook a Wolf has imported a new chef. Jake Martin has moved up from Portland to replace Matt Fortner at the small-plate Italian eatery. You can find Fortner cooking with fellow Stowell alum Charles Walpole at Blind Pig Bistro.

Luc chef de cuisine Steven Ariel is moving downtown to the W Hotel. When Trace, formerly Earth and Ocean, reopens in March, the Hawaii native will be serving a menu blending the Northwest; the Aloha state; and Singapore, Thailand, and Tokyo—three places where Ariel trained and cooked prior to landing in Seattle.

Steve Cain, chef de cuisine of El Gaucho Bellevue, has been named executive chef of Aqua by El Gaucho, the reborn Waterfront Seafood Grill. Cain left the Waterfront in 2008 and returns to the Sound-side locale to serve—among other dishes—some of his own creations: mac and cheese, stuffed wild Baja prawns, and sweet yellow corn.

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