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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: Skelly and the Bean opens, Damiana’s Blue Truck officially closes, and more.

By Anne Larkin February 24, 2012

Skelly and the Bean’s funky, cozy, “farm-fancy” space.


Skelly and the Bean
Zephyr Paquette’s new place opened yesterday, February 23, after much, much anticipation. We’ve got photos (and menu teasers.)

Koral Bar and Kitchen
The latest restaurant from the duo behind Pearl Bar and Dining opens next Thursday, March 1 in the former Twisted Cork space in Bellevue’s Hyatt Regency hotel. Self-labeled as the “new American kitchen,” the menu includes dressed-up classics like blue cheese meatloaf.


Mediterranean Mix
Otmane Bezzaz, owner of J and M’s Café in Pioneer Square, is opening a similar restaurant at 23rd and Union, in the old Beehive Bakery space, says Central District News. The menu will be similar to J and M’s, with a few added items thanks to the larger kitchen.

Charlie’s Buns N’ Stuff
The burger-based food truck is expanding in all directions: a brick-and-mortar restaurant in West Seattle is slated to open this summer, and a concession stand on Green Lake will be open by mid-April. The menu may be a little different at both new locations, but you can count on cheesesteaks from every Charlie’s.

Tippe and Drague
Though it’s been a year since the Beacon Hill alehouse was announced, it seems that things are finally coming together and it might be open by May, says Beacon Hill Blog.

The Oak
The folks behind The Redwood in Capitol Hill are opening another arboreal-named, comfort food, craft beer joint, this time in Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill Blog that a major remodel is underway and the owners are planning on a mixed bar/restaurant space.

The Wandering Goose
Beloved former baker at Volunteer Park Café Heather Earnhardt is opening a Southern-slanting breakfast joint in Capitol Hill. The Goose’s Facebook states that Earnhardt plans to open in June and serve fresh pastries and brunch, the North Carolina baker bringing biscuits and grits to the table.


Damiana’s Blue Truck Special
The gussied-up comfort food purveyor is retiring, sadly, but she’ll still be available for catering and special events.

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