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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups: Week of August 19

Two new bars, a homecoming for Cafe Solstice, and a Five Guys in Ballard.

By Brianna Lantz August 23, 2013

Open! Photo via Percy's Facebook page.


This week we highlighted Five Reasons to Get Excited About Witness Bar, and as of Thursday, you can "witness" the hype for yourself. (Couldn't resist the pun.) The Southern church-inspired watering hole at 410 Broadway E on Capitol Hill is not only open for nighttime cocktails and food, but also for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Percy’s and Co.
After a series of soft openings last weekend, Ballard Avenue’s newest bar is open for business. This apothecary-inspired joint will serve superseasonal plates alongside drinks primarily made from fresh herbs. It’s in the former Old Town Alehouse space at 5233 Ballard Ave NW.


Sip and Ship
After moving ten blocks south to its new location at 7511 Greenwood Ave North, the cafe slash shipping center slash gift shop held its grand reopening on Monday, says PhinneyWood.

Café Solstice
Twelve years ago, Café Solstice left its coffee cart post on Capitol Hill’s Broadway in favor of a bigger, indoor space on University Way. And now, according to Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, the cafe is returning, opening a second location inside the Lyric building at 10th and Thomas.


Back Bar at E. Smith Mercantile
Although it’s been in the works for a while, E. Smith Mercantile is almost ready to unveil an intimate craft cocktail bar, says Eater Seattle. The back bar will also serve beer and wine, but it wants to focus on “organic and obscure spirits.” Expect a soft opening in about three weeks.

A Craigslist posting suggests Ezell's is getting ready to open its next location in Mill Creek. The fried chicken emporium will be located at 18001 Bothell-Everett Highway. 

Five Guys Burgers and Fries
The burger chain is planning to join the culinary droves that are migrating to Ballard, according to My Ballard. Although an exact location cannot be confirmed at this time, the company says to expect an opening sometime early next year.


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