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Restaurant Shifts and Shakeups: Week of September 6

Now open for business: a modern speakeasy in Bellevue, a watering hole in Ballard, and, finally, Westward and Little Gull.

By Brianna Lantz September 6, 2013

Prime 21 in Daniel's Broiler– Bellevue | Image via Schwartz Brothers Restaurants


Prime 21
A modern day speakeasy has arrived in Bellevue—21 floors up, inside Daniel’s Broiler, to be exact. With a huge selection of bourbon, scotch and rum, Prime 21 will focus solely on cocktails– no beer or wine here. 

Westward and Little Gull
Seems like we've been eagerly awaiting Westward and Little Gull for quite some time now. And as of Tuesday, Joshua Henderson's North Lake Union restaurant and grocery (and oyster bar) are finally open for business. Try and catch a prime patio spot while weather permits. 

Ballard’s 24th Ave just got a new neighborhood watering hole, according to My Ballard. Olaf’s opened in the old Copper Gate outpost last Friday, giving nearby residents another option outside of the Ballard Ave scene. Updated features include a back room for pinball, a revamped bar area, and a new menu.

Japanese flavors meet classic American burgers at Buriyaki, the newest addition to the Marion Food Court in downtown Seattle. It’s now open, and Thrillist has the low-down on some of its crazy concoctions. 

Stockbox–First Hill
This neighborhood grocer continues to bring its brand of nutritious, affordable food to lower income and urban areas with a new location on First Hill. Stockbox is open as of Wednesday at 9th and James, according to Capitol Hill Seattle.

Seattle Coffee Gear
Bellevue gets another opening this week, but this one's of a different kind. Seattle Coffee Gear—Northwest-based coffee equipment retailer—opened its second location on Tuesday in downtown Bellevue. With over one hundred different home espresso machines, coffee makers, and grinders (and fresh-roasted coffee of course), you’ll be buzzing for weeks.


El Borracho–Ballard
This Mexican street food joint in Pike Place Market
just announced a second location coming to Ballard in November, says Eater Seattle. The restaurant will take over the former Field House spot next to Billy Beach Sushi. Brace yourself for $1 taco happy hour (everyday from 5 to 7pm) and $4 margaritas, both music to the thrifty (and hungry!) person's ears.

Big Fun
Details have finally emerged regarding who will be taking over the former Velo bike shop space at 11th and Pine on Capitol Hill. It’s called Big Fun, and it’s a no-concept, no-frills bar in the works from Patric Gabre-Kidan, formerly of the Book Bindery and an early partner of Ethan Stowell's. Capitol Hill Seattle says to hang tight for an opening date; it could be a bit of a wait as Big Fun gathers its permits.


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