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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups: Week of June 10

More big-box liquor locations in Washington, another French restaurant departs Madison Valley, T-Doug's cooking school, and Jason Stratton spills the location of his new restaurant.

By Shelly Le June 14, 2013

Penn Cove mussels served with spicy sauce is a dish you might find at Little Uncle's Pioneer Square location. Photo via Little Uncle's Facebook page.


Bill the Butcher: Wallingford
Eons after a window sign went up in Wallingford announcing the organic meat company’s sixth location, a soft opening finally happened last weekend. Some of the shops offerings include housemade sausages, fresh chicken eggs, premarinated beef, and craft sodas.

Little Uncle
Owners of the popular Capitol Hill takeout counter have officially expanded to a subterranean restaurant space in Pioneer Square. The menu will be simple with six-ish items featuring popular dishes from the original location, plus some new fare. Little Uncle will be open weekdays from 11 to least for now.

The California-based liquor chain added a Redmond location at 2176 148th Ave NE this Friday. The lineup of spirits, wine, an beer is tremendous, as is the calendar of festivities.

Capitol Cider
CHS has news of Capitol Cider's much-anticipated opening. The two-level cider bar is located at 818 E Pike and offers 30 taps of beer and cider, 100 different bottled ciders, and a gluten-free food menu.


No more mystery, folks. Jason Stratton has confirmed that his upcoming Spanish restaurant will be housed at 96 Union Street, aka First and Union in the thick of downtown and steps from the market. It's currently the home of Thoa's.


Junction Bakery and Cafe
After nine years of business, the coffee and pastry shop closed on Monday, West Seattle Blog reports. The shop was remodeled and renamed five months ago, but the owners have had the property listed for sale for some time now.

La Côte Cafe and Wine Bar
The longtime Madison Valley establishment quietly closed sometime last week, says Madison Park Blogger. Rover’s impending closure makes this the second French restaurant to leave the neighborhood of late.


Diggity Dog Hotdog and Sausage Company
The Wallingford-based hotdog and burger joint is opening a second location in Greenwood, according to Phinneywood blog. The owners anticipate the new location will open in early or mid July.

Quentin Ertel's Roman-Style Trattoria
The man behind The Saint and Havana will be taking over the Pike Street space that housed Brocklind’s costume shop and served as the performance center for Theater Schmeater on Capitol Hill. The Stranger says the restaurant and bar (no name announcement yet) will be focused on traditional Roman cooking and serve food all day long. Ertel says the restaurant will aim to highlight simple dishes like spaghetti alla carbonara and housemade guanciale.

Total Wine and More
The big-box liquor store chain announced the opening date of its fifth store in Washington. Total Wine and More will open in Lynnwood on June 20; celebratory tastings will ensue.

Seattle Cider Company
Two Beers Brewing founder Joel VandenBrink is venturing into the world of hard cider. Seattle Cider Company is reportedly the first cidery to open within the city of Seattle since Prohibition. VandenBrink says the company will start out with two styles of ciders—dry and semi-dry. Look for them in September in both keg and tallboy form.

Hotel Andra Culinary Center
Tom Douglas is busy building a culinary center on the second floor of Hotel Andra, according to Eater Seattle. Douglas says the center will teach a variety of hands-on courses.  A show kitchen, 20 counters, and an array of cooking equipment will keep classes serious, but also fun and easy.


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