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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: a slew of closings, a new burger joint in Belltown, and a turkey-centric restaurant comes to Woodinville.

By Sabina Cao September 28, 2012

An order of Alley Burger goodness.


Alley Burger
The newest venture from Marcus Charles (Local 360, the Crocodile) is Alley Burger, a Portland-inspired food cart located behind Charles's Belltown bar The JuJu. Alley Burger serves up beer-appropriate grub (burgers, fries and chili fries, nachos, hot wings, chili), and—bonus—is open till 3am on weekends.

Avennia Winery
It's not often a new winery opens to high praise, but Avennia Winery debuted last week to just that. Chris Peterson, most recently of DeLille Cellars, and Mary Taucher released two reds and a white.


Turkey lovers rejoice: Former Food Network VP of Research Adam Gold is planning a casual, quick-serve turkey joint in Woodinville. Eater Seattle reports that Gold touts Gobble as "everything turkey, on a plate," so think hot dishes and sandwiches seven days a week. Opening date is slated for mid-October.  


Roux: Ian Cargill
The popular tender, currently at Vito's and Vessel, and formerly of Tavern Law, will helm the bar at Roux, Matthew Lewis's forthcoming restaurant. He's planning to go big on beer (12 all-American brews, "a little heavier on lagers," a nitro beer tap) but also has New Orleans-style cocktails up his sleeve.


New York City could be the next location for the popular cafe and wine bar on First Avenue. Owner Paul Odom tells Eater Seattle he's ready to expand and has tasked a sales team in the Big Apple with making it happen.  


Marie and Frères
After three years of selling rare single-origin chocolates on Westlake, the artisanal shop and showroom is closings its doors. But, owner Marie-Françoise Barnhart plans to keep growing the business and says she has "lots of things in the works."

On the Fly
This grab-and-go offshoot of Flying Fish goes dark Friday, but will make way for private dining and in late winter or early spring a new concept, possibly a wine bar.

On October 14, James Beard–winning chef Scott Carsberg and his wife and business partner Hyun Joo Paek will close Bisato, their acclaimed restaurant on Battery and First. Watch Carsberg explain the closure and discuss future plans in this farewell video.

Co-owners and first-time restaurateurs Walter Lee and Mari Tiscareño Lee are shuttering their Taiwanese/Mexican cantina after a rocky ten months of business, according to CHS. The prime Pike/Pine location will be transformed into an "upscale" restaurant, though further details are yet to be revealed.

Cocoa and Cream
Low business means the sweet shop is no more, posts Magnolia Voice, but there is a silver lining: The owners are starting Happy Endings Dessert Catering

Baron Brewing and Three Skulls Ales
Washington Beer Blog announced that the Baron Brewing taproom will open for the last time this weekend. Owner Jeff Smiley is leaving the beer industry to produce whiskey instead. 

Wing Dome
The West Seattle location of the popular wing joint is closing this weekend due to difficult economic conditions, according to West Seattle Blog. Other locations will remain open.

Gypsy Cafe
As of next week, the electic cafe on Stone Way will be no more. Wallyhood reports that local snowboard and ski company Evo has bought the building and is planning a remodel.
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