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Free fries at Ivar’s and Red Robin, a world record attempt in Bellevue, and Brian Canlis cleans a toilet.

By Brandon L. Bye July 11, 2012

If you’re heading to Ivar’s or Red Robin for the handouts, bring your own thyme.

122 Bar and Restaurant in Winslow was destroyed by fire, but the owners are hoping to rebuild—in the same spot or elsewhere—soon. Bainbridge Island Review has the details.

While NASA holds gimmicky bake sales for media coverage, Total Wine and More is going the Guinness World Record route. On July 12, wine drinkers by the hundreds will attempt to crack the record for uncorking the most bottles simultaneously—"Washington wines of course." Register for the event here.

When Eater Seattle’s 2011 Best Bathroom competition crowned Canon over
Canlis, Brain Canlis lost a bet that, eight months later, had him paying the piper—that is, scrubbing down the winning toilet. Check out Eater for a priceless video of the scrub job.

Michael Natkin, writer of Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes, is looking for a long-term space on the Hill to host high-end vegetarian pop-ups several times a week. The author hopes to partner with someone who will run dinners while Natkin does lunches. Capitol Hill Seattle has more details.

This Friday the 13th is National French Fry Day, and Ivar’s and Red Robin are celebrating with freebies. To claim your share, redeem a voucher by going to the Ivar’s and Red Robin Facebook pages.

BevMo!, the big-box booze peddler out of San Fran, is set to open stores in Tacoma (and Silverdale) this Friday, July 13. Weekend festivities include local wine, beer, and food tastings. The first 500 shoppers at each store will get gift bags "valued at $50."

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