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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

Asian food and microbrews in lower Queen Anne, several notable shutters, and new spring menus take root.

By Brandon L. Bye April 20, 2012

Red Papaya opens in Queen Anne.

The Magnolia Voice reports the 21-and-over lounge, an add-on to popular neighborhood hangout Serendipity Café, is now doing business.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
The lunchtime favorite has opened in the Bella Bottega shopping center in Redmond. This being the fourth shop to recently open in the Seattle area, one has to wonder how many more the brand plans to plant, and where.

Red Papaya Ale and Spirits
Asian food and microbrews come together under one roof in lower Queen Anne. Seattle Met’s Allecia Vermillion details the opening.

Chez Shea
After 30 years of first dates and anniversaries, Pike Place Market’s romantic stalwart Chez Shea is closing, says Seattle PI. Get your rez in before April 28.

[email protected]/Elemental Next Door
On June 21, both [email protected] and Elemental Next Door will shutter, reports Eater. Co-owner Laurie Riedeman says the lease is up but hints at future ventures elsewhere.

35th Street Kitchen and Bar
The Fremont bistro has undergone a remodel: the private dining room has been converted into a lounge, and the bar expanded to accommodate as many as 25 patrons. New food and drink menus, too.

Fusion World
A new name for a new menu: Hanna Raskin of Seattle Weekly notes International District staple Thanh Vi has axed half its menu, replacing traditional Vietnamese dishes with a few Mexican and Italian items.

Sorrento Hotel
Chef Dan Gilmore has a few new menu items and happy hour specials, including more options for gluten intolerants, morning smoothies, lunch martinis (2 for $12), and a three-for-$15 deal on happy hour picks that lasts till 10.

Urban Nomad
Bruce Pinkerton and Barry Baxter bring their show on the road with Urban Nomad, a four-wheeled extension of Urban Café.

Los Agaves
The Seattle Times takes a look at the agenda at Pike Place Market and reports a new dining spot. Los Agaves, a farmers market taco peddler, is planning a breakfast and lunch place at the former Gary’s Tex-Mex.

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