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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: Ballard gets a new candy shop, another eatery for the Armory, and the Chocolate Box welcomes a new neighbor.

By Rachel Walls June 1, 2012

Construction for Sweet Mickey’s, a new Ballard candy shop, is under way. Photo via Facebook.


Cupcake Royale
The local cupcake chain will open its sixth outpost at 108 Pine, formerly home of the Chocolate Box and Molly Moon’s. Owner Jody Hall plans to introduce a new line of ice creams, and a sign on the door claims we’re in for "the most amazing transformation in the history of chocolate." The Chocolate Box is moving into a space next door.

Sweet Mickey’s
Ballard will soon be home to the new candy shop, slated to open June 9. Pictures of the construction reveal Tiffany-blue walls and candy bins centered around a portrait of the owner’s grandmother, the inspiration for the name.

Bean Sprouts
Two new eateries popped up in the Armory last week, and this cafe and kids’ cooking school will follow suit in July. Bean Sprouts will offer kid-and-adult friendly food and will partner with the Children’s Museum to host cooking classes for children as young as two.

Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
The owners of the Matador chainlet are slated to open a new barbecue and whiskey joint in Ballard in mid-July. Kickin’ Boot will be housed on the top floor of the Henry Whyte Building and will include a patio for those elusive sunny days.

Total Wine and More
Today you can raise a glass to Washington State liquor privatization (whether to celebrate or commiserate is up to you). Later this month, head to the wine and spirits superstore, which will open in Bellevue in late June, with outposts in Tukwila and Spokane slated for later this year. Ten new Washington stores are planned in all.


Daniel’s Broiler
Attention sailors: The Leschi outpost of the steakhouse now offers free moorage for boaters who wish to dine in the restaurant, as well as to-go service on the dock. Boaters can order anything from the menu for takeaway, as well as unopened bottles of beer and wine.


Molly Moon’s
As mentioned above, Molly Moon’s downtown location has closed to make way for Cupcake Royale. If you need a pint (of ice cream) to deal with this news, the other four stores are still in full operation.

The Local Vine
While the Capitol Hill wine bar and shop is done, the University Village location sports a sign reading "Restaurant Refresh Underway," so one might hope the business is merely consolidating.

Snoose Junction
The Ballard pizza place suddenly closed Thursday night, and the Greenwood location may be soon to follow. Word is financial troubles are to blame. A sad day for late-night pizza lovers.

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