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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: A new gluten-free bakery, more Menchie’s and Ezell’s, and a couple Capitol Hill closures.

By Sarah Gambles July 13, 2012

Menchie’s invades Magnolia. Photo by Lucas Anderson.


The Milkman’s Daughter
It looks like a milk truck of yesteryear, but The Milkman’s Daughter is serving up 15 types of cheese plus savory and sweet items. Owner Inger Herman describes the food truck as a "cheese shop and gourmet deli" that wine aficionados can find parked outside of tasting rooms in Woodinville on weekends.

Coffee and…
Seattle has another gluten-free destination: Coffee and…opened last week on Western Avenue. It offers freshly baked, wheat-free American and French pastries (think bacon-and-cheddar scones, breads, sandwiches, and madeleines) as well as—yep—coffee.

The Magnolia Voice reports Menchie’s has opened in Magnolia. This is the first of six locations neighborhood entrepreneurs Joe Sauvage and Scott Baklenko plan to open in the coming months. From the size of the crowd that came for the opening, they may want to consider several more.

Taqueria El Jarocho
Mexican food lovers have a new food truck to try out in Greenwood: Taqueria El Jarocho has set up camp at Greenwood Avenue N and N 102nd St, across from the Leilani Apartments, according to the Phinneywood blog.


Ezell’s Famous Chicken
The popular fried chicken chain is planning to expand with three or four more restaurants in the area. Possible locations include Mill Creek, Lynnwood, Redmond, Rainier Valley, Factoria, Federal Way, and Puyallup. Owner Lewis Rudd hopes this all happens within a year, but exact addresses have yet to be determined.

Pestle Rock
The space that housed the erstwhile Snoose Junction in Ballard will be filled by a Thai restaurant called Pestle Rock. My Ballard posted a photo of the announcement, but there are no further details presently.

Bean Coffee Lounge
A new U District cafe will soon have students buzzing—not only on coffee, but technology as well. The Bean Coffee Lounge, which aims to open in late July or early August, will have iPads installed at most tables, smart phone charging stations, table side USB outlets, and power outlets galore. Bean will also serve Lighthouse coffee, Macrina pastries, and food from Molly’s Salads.


Josh Henderson, the mastermind behind Skillet, will no longer be involved in day-to-day operations of the food truck, diner, and recently opened counter, Seattle Weekly reports. Henderson will stay on as a consultant, but plans to pursue other projects, including partnering in a new Woodinville tavern to open next year.

Troubadour Baker
Martin Seidel of Tilikum Place Cafe has launched a baked goods CSA called the Troubadour Baker. Boxes of scratch, small batch sweets and savories are delivered every Monday from 1 to 4pm by Seidel himself. Seidel is still working at Tilikum but hopes to take Troubadour full time, possibly even opening a storefront. Subscriptions are priced at $120 for four weeks and $240 for eight weeks.

Phinney Market Pub and Eatery
The community pub has added a to-go picnic menu, according to the Phinneywood blog —perfect for those attending Zoo Tunes concerts at Woodland Park Zoo. The items feed two to four people.

Blue C Sushi
The popular conveyor-belt sushi restaurant plans to expand into the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets. Dick Dalton, President of Madison Holdings (the company that owns Blue C Sushi and Boom), has been looking for opportunities to grow since last October. Jumping two states fits that bill, don’t you think?

Blackboard Bistro
According to the West Seattle Blog, Jacob Wiegner, chef and owner of Blackboard Bistro, confirmed that the restaurant is on the market. Despite being for sale, the bistro will remain open for business.


Xplosive Food Truck
Cathy and Romano Basilio, the duo behind Xplosive food truck, have pushed back its roll-out date to October. Xplosive will feature Filipino-Vietnamese cuisine, with such menu items as adobo-style buffalo wings, the sweet sausage longanisa, and foot-long banh mi.


22 Doors
CHS reports 22 on Capitol Hill will close for remodeling. There are varying reports on what that will entail, but Josephine Wong, a 22 representative, emphasized that the "closure is temporary for a remodel" and that the "current owners have no plans to sell."


The Elite
The Elite on Olive Way has temporarily shuttered. A hand-written cardboard sign in the window announces it will re-open soon, CHS informs. Further details are slim, but the bar does have a rocky financial past with unpaid taxes.

Another Capitol Hill spot comes to a close: Meza on 14th Ave has shut its doors. The owners have not confirmed the closing, but a sign in the window thanks customers and hints that Meza may one day resurface.

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