Five Restaurant Openings to Watch in April

Coming this month: Ethan Stowell’s pizza by the slice, shabu shabu in the International District, a cartwheel-inducing bakery, and more.

By Allecia Vermillion April 3, 2012

Ballard Ave’s new destination for pizza by the slice opens next week. Photo: Ballard Pizza Co. via Geoffrey Smith via Twitter

Ballard Pizza Company
The first of Ethan Stowell’s fast-casual restaurants arrives the week of April 8. The space, at 5107 Ballard Ave NW, just up the street from Staple and Fancy, will sell full pies, as well as giant New York–style slices—the kind you fold in half for optimal consumption. Hit up the restaurant’s website or check back here for updates.

Crumble and Flake
Jeez, Neil Robertson hasn’t even opened his Capitol Hill bakery yet, and the man is already appearing on Best Pastry Chef lists. The anticipation is not without good reason: Robertson’s desserts wowed Seattle diners, first at Canlis, then at MistralKitchen. His 500-square-foot space, likely opening in late April, will be a diminutive bastion of croissants, scones, kouign-amann, cookies, brownies, filled-to-order cream puffs, and macarons.

Café con Leche
Details here are a little thin, but it’s still safe to get excited. The man behind the former and beloved Paladar Cubano truck that shuttered in 2010 is bringing Cuban sandwich goodness to SoDo in the form of Café con Leche at 2905 First Ave S. Owner Pedrito Vargas says he doesn’t have a specific opening timeline yet, but hungry fans can count on April. The menu, he says will be “the only traditional Cuban food in Seattle” and similar to the sandwiches and plates from the Paladar Cubano days.

Shabu Chic
Judging from the Twitter frenzy when we wrote about Shabu Chic a few weeks ago, I’m not the only one excited to see this shabu shabu restaurant open in the International District. Each seat comes outfitted with an individual induction burner, so diners can swish, swirl, and season their own personal supply of delicate broth and thinly sliced rib eye. Diners can fill those seats starting Friday, April 6, for lunch.

The Neighbor Lady
Stephan Mollmann, the owner of Twilight Exit, and Twilight bartender Shira Bray are bringing stiff drinks and creative, veggie-focused food to the Central District. While Mollmann isn’t big on schmancy cocktail lists, he does promise Southern-classic libations in a genteel setting he hopes will become a relaxed neighborhood hang. Chef Meagan Lass, formerly of Cafe Flora, has dishes for the carnivores, but the menu will definitely be a safe haven for vegetarians.

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