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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: Two Seattle Center eateries open, the Eastside gets a space for booze workshops, and some very sad news about I Love New York Deli.

By Rachel Walls May 25, 2012

The newly opened Collection’s Cafe is nearly as colorful as the Chihuly exhibit it inhabits.


Collections Cafe
Accordions dangle from the ceiling at Chihuly Garden and Glass’s new restaurant, which opened Monday. Crush chef Jason Wilson designed the Northwest-inspired menu, while Ivan Szilak and Jeff Maxfield (of The Hunt Club and Canlis, respectively) head the kitchen.

It’s a big week for Seattle Center food news: Pie opened yesterday at the Armory (the artist formerly known as the Center House), offering up a variety of hand pies. Coffee, brews, ice cream, soups, and salads may also be on the menu in the near future.

The newly reopened Fremont restaurant bears a "2.0" in the corner of its new sign, suggesting that more than the location has changed. Indeed, both the menu and the space (the former Dad Watson’s) are considerably larger, making room for fresh seafood dishes like tuna, halibut, and scallops.

Cast Iron Studios
Heavy Restaurant Group, the folks behind Purple Cafe, Barrio, and Lot No. 3, have opened a new event space in downtown Bellevue, where the Eastside Barrio used to be. Cast Iron Studios offers a location for private events and is introducing a series of upcoming workshops, such as Latin American cocktail preparation and an overview of small-batch beer.

Meaty Johnson’s BBQ
The name may be a bit, um, juvenile, but owner Zac Johnson claims to take his new barbecue place, open May 31 in Pioneer Square, very seriously. Besides offering locally sourced meat, he also plans to host a "charity night" the last Friday of every month, where a percentage of proceeds will go a local cause.

The Hyatt Regency in Bellevue now houses a new breakfast spot, which sources local ingredients and "incorporates classic breakfast favorites with a Pacific Northwest spin," according to chef Greg Kurtz. Eques features both a la carte and buffet breakfasts, and the offerings include Ballard lox and bagel, Snoqualmie granola pancakes, and a Bellevue farmer’s omelet.


TNT Taqueria
Chow Foods, of 5 Spot, Endolyne Joe’s, and The Hi-Life will open a fourth establishment in Wallingford in mid-July: Mexican quick-serve restaurant TNT Taqueria. It will serve beer, and will take over the old location of the long-since-closed Jitterbug.

Wandering Goose
The founder’s club–funded Southern bakery plans to debut in Capitol Hill in late June, and according to Eater Seattle, owner Heather Earnhardt now plans to serve dinner. The 30-seat cafe is Earnhardt’s first solo project; she opened Volunteer Park Cafe with Ericka Burke in 2007.


Charlie’s Buns ’n Stuff
According to its Facebook page, the food truck’s plans for a concession stand in Greenlake have been delayed until mid-June, due to the need for a new roof.


I Love New York Deli
Sadly, the deli and sandwich shop has shuttered both its U-District and Pike Place Market locations. The Stranger reports that owner Jon Jacobs cited the rising costs of meat and gas as the primary factors that led to the shop’s closing (his interview is candid, emotional, and absolutely worth a read). But don’t get too distraught yet: Pending a loan and a lease on a new space on University Ave, Jacobs says he could reopen as early as next month.

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