The week started off with some potentially promising news: The Seattle Times spoke with Paseo's new owner and tells tales of rehired cooks conducting secret sandwich recreation sessions that allegedly will result in the Fremont location reopening with nearly identical sandwiches. Stay tuned.
The couple behind Bitterroot BBQ is just about to debut a new sandwich shop in Eastlake that just so happens to have 48 taps and lots of places to charge your phone. The latest word on opening is early next week.
The excellent (but tiny) NW Peaks brewery in Ballard has spun off a new bar just a half block south in the former 2-Bit Saloon address. Look for 10 taps of NW Peaks creations, with eventual plans for wine and cocktails. Washington Beer Blog says it's set to open today, and explains some of the fun liquor law semantics governing its existence.
It's been a big month for 12th Avenue. Capitol Hill Seattle blog says a tacos and anojitos spot inspired by the Mexican city of Durango should open just after Christmas. Chef Gabriel Chavez spent five years cooking Italian at Cantinetta before owner Trevor Greenwood backed him in this own place near 12th and Howell.
Westernco Donut House
Sadness. The Ballard stalwart that's been dispensing raised glazes and coffee since the 1960s must shutter, says MyBallard, because there's a new development proposed for the site. To make this news even more grim, doors close on Christmas eve.
Double sadness. Capitol Hill Seattle blog reports that the cheesesteak shop at 23rd and Madison has bowed out after 31 years of business.
So many big changeups this year: La Bete. Aragona. Lark. Book Bindery...Murphy's Irish Pub. Wallyhood says the estasblishment that bills itself as Seattle's first Irish pub is closing for as long as a month to change the vibe from sports bar to music venue and Irish things up a bit. When it reopens, some members of the bar staff will even have accents.
At last! Calf and Kid's Sheri LaVigne has found a home for her planned cheese bar. While it's not in Ballard (she landed on Capitol Hill's 12th Ave), the location will still serve flights, cheese pairings, cheese dishes like frico, raclette, and mac and cheese, and give LaVigne a place to hold her itinerant and wildly popular cheese seminars. Summer can't come soon enough.
Bethany Jean Clement, newly installed at the Seattle Times, tracks down the new occupant of the former Dot's address on Fremont Ave. It seems the owner of the downtown Benihana is planning a "Japanese family comfort food" spot here; it could be open by late January.
Nirmal's Indian Cusine Reimagined
The city's new restaurant liaison sent word of a new Indian restaurant opening in February in Pioneer Square—106 Occidental Ave S, to be precise.
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
The brewery co-op has locked down a tasting room and brewery space at 8570 Greenwood Ave N. Look for members to start brewing next year.
Cafe Juanita at Lark
This is big. Holly Smith is closing her destination-worthy Kirkland restaurant for three months for a serious remodel. Meanwhile, John Sundstrom has a beautiful dining room sitting empty on 12th Avenue. It was fated to be: Smith is temporarily moving her restaurant to the original Lark space in Seattle starting in January, serving tasting menus only.
Monica Dimas is cooking "Mexican Hangover Brunch" weekends in December at Nacho Borracho (Saturdays) and Rhino Room (Sundays). The Stranger pays a visit.