Jason Stratton’s Love Letter to Spain
We hanker for his tajarin at Spinasse. We linger over his antipasti at Artusi. But Stratton’s venturing across the Mediterranean (and downtown from Capitol Hill) to serve modern, seasonal Spanish food at his third restaurant, Aragona. When it opens later this summer, it will be as big as his other two places combined and yet not nearly large enough to contain the buzz. spinasse.com

Barnacle Attaches to the Walrus and the Carpenter
When the Ballard gods close a bike shop, they open a wine bar. In this case, the Dutch Bike Co. is just moving some operations across the way, and Renee Erickson is taking over a 525-square-foot slice of the space, in the same building as her oyster bar, the Walrus and the Carpenter. It’s a welcome haven for the throngs who await tables at Walrus, though the menu of unusual wines, liqueurs, terrine, and smoked seafood salads sounds destination worthy on its own. thewalrusbar.com

OMG Din Tai Fung
It’s been hoped for. It was rumored. Now it’s official—the Taiwanese dumpling chain is opening a second Seattle-area restaurant. Come November you can find its frenzy-inducing soup dumplings in a new space in University Village. But you should probably line up now. dintaifungusa.com

Broadway Gets a Witness
Gregg Holcomb, a longtime barman at Knee High Stocking Co., is opening a bar called Witness at 410 Broadway East this summer that pays homage to churches of the South. His spiritual guidance leaves room for craft cocktails, simple libations, and even a blender concoction of peanut butter, bourbon, maple syrup, and ice cream. Hallelujah.

 

Published: July 2013

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