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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups

This week: Another Top Pot, another Volterra, and another notable addition to the Armory, plus a controversial chef surfaces in Lynden and a possible move for Meander's Kitchen.

By Sabina Cao September 7, 2012

Plum Market is the latest installment at the Seattle Center Armory. Photo via Plum Bistro's tumblr.


Lombardi's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar: Mill Creek
After the closure of the Ballard Lombardi's a few years ago, fans will be happy to learn a new location is opening next week in Mill Creek. Customer favorites such as saltimboca, tortellini gorgonzola, and veal picatta, as well as stone-oven pizzas, are planned, plus an extensive wine list and locally sourced specialty cocktails. 

Cassoulet Cafe
Gabriel Claycamp, known to ruffle a feather or two, is back at it... in Lynden. He's running the kitchen of Cassoulet, a family-style eatery opening September 12. Owner Tiffany Hudson says the food is inspired by her experiences in Naples and Claycamp's time in rural France. 

Q Nightclub
Capitol Hill's big and bright nightclub open its doors Saturday at 8. DJs Quentin Harris and Little Rock will spin all night; no cover charge.

Top Pot Doughnuts: South Lake Union
Another week, another Top Pot. The latest addition to the doughnut empire is now slinging coffee and fritters at 509 Terry Avenue North. 

Volterra: Kirkland
The Eastide iteration of Ballard's Tuscan-inspired eatery has planned a grand opening for Monday, September 10. The new location will continue to serve staples such as oil soup and wild boar tenderloin, and will debut a signature cocktail menu. 

Pica Border Grill
A both-sides-of-the-border menu arrives at 4151 California SW: According to West Seattle Blog, find "burgers, tacos, and more."

Plum Market
Plum Market opened earlier this week at Seattle Center Armory, reported Eater Seattle, adding to an already impressive roster. The vegan outpost sells sandwiches, salads, cupcakes, and more.

Tippe and Drague Alehouse
Beacon Hill's new neighborhood pub opened last weekend, according to Eater. The bar will feature 16 drafts and enforce a "no crap on tap" policy


5 Point Cafe Sibling Diner
David Meinert and Jason Lajueness are bringing a 24-hour diner and lounge to Capitol Hill. The unnamed new place, located at 1507 10th Avenue (yes, where that bathhouse once was), will be similar in spirit to Meinert's 5 Point Cafe in Belltown, and should open in spring 2013.


Construction is well under way at the Fremont iteration of Joule. The lauded restaurant won't make the hoped-for early September debut, but instead is shooting for the end of the month or October. Tide yourself over by checking out Joule's Facebook account, where owners Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi are dropping daily tidbits about the renovation.


Meander's Kitchen
Notorious for its long waits, this breakfast favorite is considering a move to Delridge. Judging by the response on its Facebook post, the greasy spoon won't lose any customers by vacating its current location on California Avenue.


Coastal Kitchen
Due to improvement projects, the 15th Avenue spot will close for breakfast and lunch on September 10 and 11. Dinner service will continue as usual both days at 5.  


Marination Ma Kai
You'll have to wait a little longer for that boozy shave ice. Eater Seattle reports the West Seattle offshoot of the Marination Mobile truck is beset by more construction delays. But, the goal remains to open this month. 


The Sun Cafe
The indie coffee house in Ballard is closing this week, according to Eater Seattle, and Slate Coffee Roasters plans to take its place.

The Living Room
After just under three years at it, the Olive Way watering hole has shuttered. According to CHS, a Williamsburg bar owner with Seattle roots has plans for the space, but no word yet on a reopening.

Upper Crust Bakery
Per a Facebook post, the Magnolia bakery went dark August 31 due to "a few setbacks this last year."

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