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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups: Week of July 29

Cupcakes at Husky Stadium, a grilled cheese food truck leaves Seattle, and a busy week of openings.

By Shelly Le August 2, 2013

Take a bite out of Trophy's purple Vanilla Vanilla cupcakes while taking in the view of UW football games at Husky Stadium. Image courtesy of Trophy Cupcake and Party


Aston Manor
The SoDo, um, social bar sent word that it opened for business on Monday night at 2946 1st Ave S. Eater Seattle reports Aston Manor had been shooting for a March opening, but a delayed liqor license forced the owners to push the opening date back. Maison Tavern, a separate area of the space that will contain a bar and mezzanine is rumored to open in early September.

Westcity Sardine Kitchen
Speaking of long lead times, Westcity Sardine opened its doors on Friday night at 3405 California SW, nearly two years after the owners had acquired the space. The restaurant centers on simple "dinnerhouse" cuisine and is open seven nights a week. West Seattle Blog has more info on the menu.

The Old Sage
The meats and malts–focused restaurant officially welcomed its first customers Wednesday night. Owners Dana Tough and Brian McCracken have conveived a menu of meats, each getting a different smoke treatment, and a bar full of whiskeys and memorable beers. Drop by for dinner at 1410 12th Avenue, open at 5 pm daily.

Sustainable seafood restaurant, RockCreek fired up its kitchen for the first time this week. Expect to see plates that are seasonally based and span a number of cultural influences. Do not expect to see traditional fish entrees accompanied by greens and some rice pilaf. RockCreek is open at 4300 Fremont Ave N; dinner hours will be from 4 to midnight seven days a week. And brunch Saturday and Sunday (after a week or two) from 9 to 2pm.


Monte Cristo
The beloved roaming grilled cheese truck is no more, at least in Seattle. Ten months after rolling out Monte Cristo, owner Danielle Custer has relinquished her food truck to an undisclosed Portland technology company. Custer will be serving up sandwiches for a few more weekends and then will send Monte down south after August 16.


Geo's Cuban and Creole
A new restaurant is soon take over the space that formerly housed Purple Cow Espresso in Ballard at 6301 Seaview Ave NW. Geo's will be a breakfast and lunch spot with espresso, pastries, and egg dishes in the morning and hot and spicy fare for lunch. Keep an eye on Facebook for updates.

Trophy Cupcakes: Husky Stadium
Trophy Cupcakes has a new location inside the newly renovated Husky Stadium. And, hey, it will be open by the end of August, aka football season. The new location will have two walk-up counters and purple-tinted Vanilla Vanilla cupcakes lining the shelves.


Hilliard's Beer
Ballard's can-loving beer brewery is installing a beer garden to open sometime soon, Eater Seattle says. Hilliard's Beer will be finishing the concrete patio area this week but the metal railing may take longer. Keep your eye on the Twitter for future updates.

CHS reports the longstanding coffee house at Pine and Melrose has found another home on Capitol Hill, not far from its current one. Bauhaus owner Joel Radin is keeping mum about the new address, but has plans to return to the coffee house's original location in two years, after construction and restoration finishes on the historic building.

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