Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Capitol Hill Giveth and Taketh Away

Two new Renee Erickson spots, but we're losing Kingfish Café. Mood swings ahoy.

By Caroline Ferguson January 16, 2015

Time to eat our feelings.


Casco Antiguo
Pioneer Square is finally home to some long-awaited Mexican food, thanks to this opening from one-half of the team behind Altstadt. Rudy Riveron of the Saint is turning out tacos in the front restaurant space and in the back cantina, which is home to two margarita taps. Check out our full opening dispatch here.

Neighborhood Grill
The company behind a line of bars and grills in Eastlake, Greenlake, Lake Forest, and Bremerton has opened a fifth restaurant, this time in Maple Valley. The food situation will be similar to those at the other restaurants, but with the addition of some charred options from a new coal-fired oven. Lunch and dinner service launched on January 13.

Omega Ouzeri
The forthcoming Greek restaurant and bar on Capitol Hill has set an opening date of January 26, according to their Facebook page. Expect Greek small plates, or mezes, and ouzo aplenty in an Auto Row setting.

Two (!) Renee Erickson spots
That’s right, the queen of oysters and rosé has not one, but two new places planned. They’re scheduled to open this summer in the bottom floor of a mixed-use apartment building going up on 10th and Union on Capitol Hill. One will be a bustling oyster bar inspired by the French Atlantic, and the other will be a Parisian café–style showcase for dry-aged beef from Sea Creatures’ Whidbey Island farm. There are also reportedly a few surprises in the works; which, knowing this team, can only be a good thing.

Slab Sandwiches and Pie
’s John Sundstrom now has a veritable gastro-kingdom at 10th and Seneca on Capitol Hill: the bigger and better version of Lark, a new crudo and charcuterie bar, and now a takeaway counter selling sandwiches, coffee, and pies. Yes, we are also psyched.

MistralKitchen Jewel Box Bar
This downtown restaurant has expanded to include a full bar, where Korean- and Spanish-inspired small plates will be paired with cocktails and beers. The bar will also showcase glassware by artist Michael Schunke, whose pieces will be used for serving cocktails and available for sale. 


Kingfish Café
Tragedy of tragedies, this beloved Southern spot on Capitol Hill will close its doors on January 25 after 18 years in its current location. However, what may seem like the final blow to Seattle’s suffering soul food scene actually has a happy ending: Sisters Laurie and Leslie Coaston, who own the café, are planning to open to-go places in several neighborhoods around the city. Now they just have to figure out how to fit five-pound slices of cake into takeout boxes.

Firefly Café and Creperie
Owner Charell Estby shuttered his West Seattle café on January 11 after spending many months trying to sell the shop. The shop remains for sale, and Estby has posted his broker’s information on Facebook in the hope that someone will reopen the restaurant.


The Rose Petals
Never mind, then
. After Seattle Weekly reported last week that Ms. Helen Coleman had reopened her soul food restaurant, the Rose Petals, in White Center, it appears that what had looked like a heartwarming story actually might be a bizarre case of fraud and/or casual identity theft. Seattle Weekly has the scoop, and for what it’s worth, the real Helen Coleman says that she’s still hoping to reopen her own place.

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