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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: Tom Douglas’s beer czar moves on, new chefs at Local 360 and Boka, and more.

By Anne Larkin March 16, 2012

Via Tribunali’s New York storefront. Photo via OPENINGS

Via Tribunali
The wood-fired pizza joint has taken up its traditional position beside Caffé Vita in New York City. The pair softly opened last Thursday, and it seems like New Yorkers are taking to them already.

What was Earth and Ocean reopened March 9 as Trace in the W Hotel. The new chef, Steven Ariel has created breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bar menus, bringing Asian influences into the seasonal cuisine.

Phinneywood reports that a new Middle Eastern joint has arrived at the corner of Greenwood and 85th in what used to be a gelato shop.

Cafe con Leche
Seattle Magazine says the former Paladar Cubano truck that drew crowds with its Cuban sandwich feats has been reincarnated as a cafe in Sodo.


Alki Crab and Fish
West Seattle Blog reports that the beachfront joint has officially shuttered, making way for the Marination outpost coming this summer.


Local 360
Hanna Raskin says that the hyperlocal Belltown restaurant has replaced ousted chef Mikey Robertshaw. Stepping in will be Paul Hyman, currently executive chef at Marjorie on Capitol Hill.

Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
Warren Peterson, Tom Douglas’s “beer czar” and sous chef, is moving over to the newest location of Elliott Bay Public House and Brewery, according to Washington Beer Blog. Peterson will be in the kitchen, and is also happy to be close to the brewing. The Lake City location, the brewery’s third, is slated to open on March 26.

Boka Kitchen and Bar
The former McCormick and Schmick’s on South Lake Union reopened in November as chef-driven Harborside. And a few months later the chef driving that concept, Peter Birk, is now running the kitchen at Boka and Hotel 1000.

Beer Junction
West Seattle’s go-to bottle shop is moving to a larger location, which is about double the size. The shop should be open in the new location on California Ave in just a couple weeks.

The Sea-Tac Marriot’s restaurant has revamped both its decor and food; unlike most other restaurant retoolings of late, the reimagined menu is slightly more formal, and the dining room is more dramatic.


Allison Barnes will bring pretzel goodness to West Seattle this summer in the form of Pretzelwagen, the food cart that hawks Oma Stein’s pretzels coupled with cheese or sugar.

Seattle Center House
Fremont’s Pie shop is expanding to the renovated Seattle Center House, along with Skillet and potentially mobile operation Big Food and bagel shop Eltana. This project gets more exciting by the week.

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