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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: an opening date for the Wandering Goose, more Mod Pizzas, one food truck retires while another revs up, and Froot Loops-infused cocktails.

By Sabina Cao September 14, 2012

The ribbon cutting at the Redmond Mod Pizza. Picture via Facebook.


Mod Pizza: Redmond and Sammamish
The fast-growing, fast-casual pizza chain has two new locations. Both feature outdoor seating, 800-degree display ovens, a party space, and booze. Co-owners Ally and Scott Svenson plan to expand out of state next year. 

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: First Hill
The popular lunchhour hangout has expanded to First Hill, its fifth location in the area. Bonus: this one, located at 1208 Madison Stree, offers delivery.


How Pickle Got Out of a Jam
Trained pastry chef Vanessa Goldberg and friend James Kennicott are planning a new food truck featuring pickles, preserves, soups, fishcakes, pastries, and more. The pair hopes to get the truck rolling later this fall, and in the meantime are hosting multi-course pop-ups at Goldberg's home.  

The Wandering Goose
Take note, pastry people: Heather Earnhardt will open the Wandering Goose on September 26. In the works is a southern-leaning menu featuring an entire section devoted to biscuits.

JC's Deli
Jeanette Cummings, formerly of Hoagies Corner, is opening the new deli with her daughter, Cynthia, at 9007 35th SW, according to West Seattle Blog. Once JC's opens in early October, enjoy the fresh-made sandwiches on the go or in the dine-in area. 

West City Kitchen
West Seattle Blog gets more details on the former Bohemian space at 3405 California SW. The team behind Bick's Broadview Grill and Saltoro in Greenwood is planning a simple neighborhood dinnerhouse, with a core menu as well as a seasonal chalkboard menu. Meanwhile, West Seattle Herald has a slide slide show of the remodel. 


Garrett Michael Brown is now the executive chef at Fonte. Previously he was at Branzino, where he arrived in late 2011 intent on reviving the Belltown eatery to its former glory.


Brunch is coming to Canon
, with morning-appropriate drinks like a Ramos gin fizz made with Froot Loops-infused milk. Add it to the list of local spots inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar in New York.

Skelly and the Bean
According to a Facebook post, Skelly and the Bean plans to open for lunch soon and is asking for menu recommendations.

Green Bean Coffeehouse
After a fire in October 2009, Green Bean Coffeehouse temporarily moved inside Greenwood Sip and Ship, and then to the former McDonald's at 8533 Greenwood Avenue North. Now it's time to move again. According to PhinneyWood, Green Bean will set up shop inside Sanctuary Church's offices beginning September 24. Come spring the business will occupy a storefront in the new Piper Village.


Brickyard BBQ: Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
The small barbecue joint in the Admiral District has a new owner and soon, a new name. Jose Prieto now owns the business and will christen it Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant, reports West Seattle Blog, named after Prieto's hometown. Barbecue will stay on the menu at least through the winter. 

Rain Sushi: Miyabi on 45th
Wallyhood announces that the people responsible for Miyabi at Tukwila will take over the space formerly occupied by Rain Sushi. Expect more soba dishes than sushi, and a November 4th opening.

Ipanema: Von's 1000 Spirits Gusto Bistro
Downtown cheap-martini staple Von's is moving from 619 Pine Street to the former home of Ipanema on First Avenue, reports Eater Seattle. Von's will relocate to the Harbor Steps in February.

Tacos Guaymas: Chipotle
According to a picture posted by CHS, the Tacos Guaymas at the Harvard Market shopping center will move one block away to make room for a Chipotle. 


Pai's Food Truck
Owner Pai Pongsupaht will retire Pai's food truck on September 28. Pongsupaht is returning to Thailand to run Tropical Nature, a family, Bangkok-based fruit export business, and to spend time with his mother.

Broadway Cafe
After 18 years on the Hill, Nicole Toyama will shut down Broadway Cafe this Saturday, reports CHS. Seventy-two-year-old Toyama hopes to devote her newfound free time to the Salvation Army, which helped her family transition from Vietnam to the U.S. in 1975. Another restaurant, slated to open by early October, will replace the cafe.

Mokas Cafe and Coffee Bar
Eater Seattle reports that due to the sale of the lot it sits on, Mokas will close in two weeks after nine years at Fairview and Harrison.

More sobering news for the 2300 block of First Avenue: Mestizo Tequila Ultra Lounge and Grill has shuttered after only six months. Eater Seattle catalogues the succession of failed restaurants at the address (Twist, Fandango, Torero, Ventana) and chalks it up to the awkward layout and zero-tolerance noise policy from condo dwellers above. 

Park Place Deli
Madison Park Blogger posts that John McCormick's deli is no longer in business, after several weeks of temporary closure. The space is currently for sale. 

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