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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: Two new food trucks are on the road, Stowell slices are just around the corner, and more.

By Anne Larkin April 13, 2012

The drawing of that guy pounding a slice? Soon can be you at Ballard Pizza Co.

Cutters Crabhouse
Cutters Crabhouse, formally known as Cutters Bayhouse, reopened Wednesday after a lengthy two-month renovation. Cutters lead chef Simon Zatyrka also has a revamped menu to show off.

Jemil’s Big Easy
The Cajun truck opened for business this week. Find chef Jemil Aziz slinging jambalaya, etouffees, gumbo, and po’boys at various locations around town.

Scratch Deli
Former Whole Foods butcher Ian Thackaberry has opened a food truck dedicated to sandwiches crafted with locally sourced ingredients. Find Thackaberry (and his tantalizing chicken salad with hazelnut pesto aioli) at Wine World in Wallingford.

Out with the old, in with the Starbucks. My Ballard reports the NW Market St space that briefly housed 5 Corner Market Bar and Kitchen (and before that, Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian for 23 years), now has all the trappings of a Starbuckian experience.

Trader Joe’s
The West Seattle store opens today, and the walls are graced with murals of neighborhood landmarks, says West Seattle Blog.

The Pine Street restaurant and bar is closing temporarily, according to Capitol Hill Seattle. The owners have long been searching for a buyer to take over; CHS guesses the temporary shuttering means they’ve found one, but that hasn’t been confirmed.


A Terrible Beauty
Seattle Weekly brings word via Facebook that the Irish pub is opening its third location this summer in South Lake Union.

Ballard Pizza Co.
Ethan Stowell slices…they’re getting closer and closer. No pizza till next week officially, but we’ve got a peek inside.

Essex Bar
That collective squeal heard throughout the city Monday was prompted by the news that Delancey owners Brandon Pettit and Molly Wizenberg are turning the neighboring umbrella store into a craft cocktail bar. Seattle Magazine has more details on the food and drink menu, but here’s a teaser: Don’t expect pizza.

Isola Bella, Sicilian Cafe
Per Eater Seattle, local chef and restaurateur Enza Sorrentino is moving into a space on First and Bell. She’s planning to dispense baked goods and coffee by day, and arancini, meatballs, and pizza by the slice at night.

Molly Moon’s and Trophy Cupcakes (…and Cupcake Royale)
The city’s sweets magnates are playing do-si-do: Cupcake Royale, which is launching an ice cream line, is taking up residency at the downtown Chocolate Box space. That means current co-occupant Molly Moon’s has to move out. Meanwhile, MM’s is partnering with Trophy Cupcakes: Starting May 12, the baked goods will be available at Molly Moon shops on 13 occasions throughout the year And pints of ice cream can be added to cupcake deliveries, and Trophy parties can be rounded out with scoops of Molly Moon’s dessert.

Seattle Magazine brings word that Renee Erickson and Jeremy Price of The Walrus and The Carpenter and their partners are hitting the road this summer with an oyster food truck.

The Neighbor Lady
Central District News reports the Neighbor Lady has pushed its opening date back to April 20, if not later.

Top Pot
The doughnut empire is expanding: the eighth cafe is slated to open this July in the Pacific Building on Third Avenue.

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