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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This Week: Hot Cakes, a new Green Leaf location, and plans for a third Renee Erickson establishment.

By Rachel Walls May 18, 2012

Is Din Tai Fung scouting a Seattle location?


Silver City Brewery Tasting Room
The Bremerton brewery just opened its long-awaited tasting room, which features 17 taps: seven evergreens, a couple seasonals, and a few pilots and small batches. Bottles, growlers, and kegs are all available for purchase, and the more inquisitive beer buffs can take a brewery tour.

Green Leaf
As promised, Vietnamese eatery’s Belltown location debuted Wednesday, and Eater Seattle reports that lion dancers were on hand to rid the space of evil spirits left behind by a series of ill-fated restaurants. Given our love for the original, we hope it’s here to stay.

Blu Grouse
Seattle magazine reports the Georgetown restaurant is now open and will feature flatbread pizzas, a full bar, patio, and fire pit—plus live music once a month.

Benito’s Chicago Eatery
MyBallard reports the Chicagocentric restaurant has opened on 15th Ave NW and serves deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, and sandwiches. There will be plenty of Italian beef, promises chef Benjamin Kulikowski—and, soon, taps.

Luisa Taqueria
The people behind Inay’s have opened a counter-service sister site two doors down. The Filipino establishment seats 11 and dishes up mainstays such as nachos, Mexi-fries, quesadillas, burritos, and tacos.

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery
Popular local pastry chef Lucy Damkoehler departed MistralKitchen to join Autumn Martin just in time for the debut of the latter’s Hot Cakes shop. The official opening day is Monday, May 21, but keep an eye out for the gooey treats over the weekend, especially during the Sunday farmer’s market, where they’re sure to go like…well, you know.


The Whale Wins
Renee Erickson of Boat Street Cafe and Kitchen and The Walrus and the Carpenter continues her oceanic theme with the upcoming The Whale Wins, which will arrive in Fremont in late summer. Like Walrus, it will feature an open kitchen, but unlike Walrus, its focus will lean away from raw seafood and towards veggiecentric offerings from its wood-fired oven.

Philly Boys Cheesesteaks
Food trucker John Schofield is transforming his underused storage room off of A.C. Automotive into what might turn out to be the largest commissary in the city: fellow food truckers, caterers, and bakers can use the 3,500-square-foot area for food prep and storage. Schofield hopes to have the site completed by early June, along with a takeout counter for his cheesesteaks.

Taco Time Traveler
The Mexican fast-food chain first opened in White Center, and now it’s joining the ranks in Seattle’s ever-growing food truck industry. The four-wheeled addition will begin truckin’ through Seattle in mid-June, an apt tribute to Taco Time’s 50th anniversary in the Emerald City.


Josh Davenport is now the new chef at the Capitol Hill restaurant—he initially came over with Lauri Carter to provide a helping hand, but word is he’s in for the long haul.


Bouteloua Bakery
As of next week, Bouteloua Bakery will be known as Wild Prairie Bakery due to its difficulty to pronounce. Not changing: the bakery’s staple vegan and gluten-free treats.

The Bellevue restaurant-slash-club is now known as Munch Sports Grill, and, at night, M-Lounge, which will feature “nonstop beats from famed DJs and appearances from special celebrity guests.”

Manhattan Drugs
Hot on the heels of the former owners’ departures, the Capitol Hill steak destination is now known simply as Manhattan.


Din Tai Fung
Seattle Times writer Tan Vinh dropped an intriguing rumor yesterday: he claims that not only will the Taiwanese chain remain at its Bellevue location, but there are plans to open another outpost in Seattle. Nothing’s confirmed, but we’ll never say no to more dumplings.

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