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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups: Week of Mar 25

Updates on Murray Stenson and Tom Douglas's new fusion restaurant, Epic Ales expands into a Gastropod, and big cocktail news for Pike Place Market.

By Erica Thompson March 29, 2013

Cue the tap cocktails. Rachel's Ginger Beer is coming to Pike Place Market.

OPENINGS

Gastropod
Epic Ales brewer Cody Morris and chef Travis Kukull have transformed Morris’s tiny tasting room into a stylish pub able to squeeze in up to 30 people. The duo will serve a continually changing beer and food menu Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 10. Want a look inside? Eater Seattle has a few photos.

Style Espresso
After leaving her barista job in Everett because of  competition with bikini-clad stands, Shari Klein is popping up (fully clothed) in a tiny trailer in the Shell station parking lot at Broadway and Pike, says CHS. Klein is not sure of her hours yet but refer to her Facebook page for updates.

COMING SOON

BevMo!
BevMo! sends word of its sixth Washington state location, set to open next Friday in Ballard on Northwest 46 Street. Doors open at 9, and the first 500 people in line receive complimentary gift bags.

Papa Bois
Hsiao Chi, Try Lamont, and A.J. Boyance are joining the food truck trend with a tropical menu mashing Caribbean and Southeast Asian flavors. Look for their jerk ribs and coconut prawn curry around the middle of April.

Tanaka-san
The name of Tom Douglas’s Asian fusion restaurant set to open in the Via6 complex? Tanaka-san, in honor of Douglas's right-hand man, Eric Tanaka. Brian Walczyk of Brave Horse Tavern will be in charge of the kitchen.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer: Pike Place Market
Big cocktail news for downtown: Rachel Marshall will fill the erstwhile Seattle’s Best in Pike Place Market by July 1. Marshall has in mind a “combination of soda fountain and bar"with five taps dispensing her signature ginger beer.

Vostok Dumpling House
Ukraine native and first-time restaurateur Andrey Tokar is bringing Russian comfort food to Capitol Hill, according to CHS. Tokar will occupy the previous Little Shanghai space come late April or early May. Expect dishes from Eastern Europe and lots of dumplings, of course.

SHIFT CHANGES

Murray Stenson
The Seattle Times gives us an update on Murray Stenson following the MurrayAid campaign of last fall. The legendary bartender expects to be back at it by May though he's not sure where that will be. As reporter Tan Vinh points out, "Expect a long line of suitors" upon his return.

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