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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: Yet another opening in Ballard, Bastille gets a new global cocktail menu, and news of a gourmet grilled cheese truck.

By Anne Larkin January 27, 2012

Brand new cocktails from around the world at Bastille.


The Amber Den
Yet another opening in Ballard: this one a casual wine bar with a Mediterranean menu, set to open in just a couple weeks. Inspired by his mother’s uneasiness at a pretentious wine bar, owner Nick Simonton plans to create a decidedly welcoming space, says Eater Seattle.

Savage Street Cuisine
After a successful fall, Savage Street Cuisine, headed by Rover’s chefs Kalen Schramke and David Howe, is stretching the monthly dinner series at Volunteer Park Café through June. The ambitious chefs have plans for even further growth—more dinners and eventually a food truck.

Henry and Oscar’s
Old-school upscale American dining has come to Belltown, says Inside Belltown. Named after the owner’s grandfathers, the supper club-style restaurant will serve classic fare like filet mignon and buttermilk chicken, accompanied by generous martinis (in a glass etched with your name, if you become a supper club regular).


Splash Lounge
It was a short run for this one—the Belltown lounge has closed after just 5 months, reports Seattle PI.

Tenoch Mexican Grill
Another closing in Queen Anne. Eater Seattle reports that the Mexican restaurant on the corner of McGraw Street and Queen Anne Avenue has met its end.


As first announced back in December, Erik Carlson has now officially taken over managing Bastille Café and Bar and has created an eclectic new cocktail menu that takes bar patrons for a global spin. Classic French cocktails remain on the menu, now kept company by Haitian rum drinks and Italian apertifs.

Canlis alum Andew Cross has moved from his most recent position at Tavern Law to Capitol Hill’s Canon. Cross and Canon owner Jamie Boudreau have plans to expand the menu and shake up the food offerings more often, and create a food program that’s just as noteworthy as the drinks.

SAM’s restaurant director Danielle Custer is saying goodbye to museum life and hello to the streets with plans for Monte Cristo, a cheese-dedicated food truck. Custer has a James Beard award and plenty of other accolades on her resume, and her melts will undoubtedly be delicious.

Mulleady’s Irish Pub
The Magnolia bar has two new staff members with serious bartending bona fides, Thomas Bondesson of Spur and Brian Lee of Canon, according to Seattle Times writer Tan Vinh.

Wild Ginger
Two long-time Wild Ginger have moved up in the company—Mat Hayward will be taking over as general manager in Bellevue and Cortney Lease will become the company wine director for the family of restaurants.

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