Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Many, Many Openings

Remember the myth that Seattle's restaurants are closing in droves thanks to the minimum wage? Consider it busted.

By Caroline Ferguson March 20, 2015

You are so beautiful to me. Photo courtesy of Rodeo Donut.


Kraken Congee
Garrett Doherty and Shane Robinson's congee popup, formerly housed in dearly departed Grub, has found a home in Little Uncle's erstwhile Pioneer Square space. They're expected to start slinging their Korean- and Filipino-inflected rice porridge sometime in April.

Salt and Iron
The latest exemplar of Seattle's most persistent restaurant naming trend will open in Edmonds this weekend. Expect local oysters, steak, and small vegetable plates from partners Andrew Leckie and Shubert Ho.

Pie Bar Ballard
Twin sisters Alyssa Lewis and Natalie Delucchi opened the second location of their baked-goods-and-booze outpost on Market Street yesterday. The menu will be the same as their first location, with weekly rotating sweet pies, a handful of savories, and "pie-tinis" (yes, pie-infused martinis) available from 4pm until late.

Rodeo Donut
A group of bakers from Cupcake Royale have started their own doughnut popup, which will operate out of Ballard's Cupcake Royale location starting March 28 at 7am. Six rotating flavors of their brioche doughnuts (pink peppercorn and preserved lemon, salted pistachio, orange blossom honeysuckle...) will be available hot from the fryer in limited quantities.

Sod House Bakery and Bonniecakes
The former home of Morning Star Bakery in Ravenna will be home to not one, but two baking operations: Evan Raddick and Nina Faccone's Sod House Bakery, and Bonnie Lyons's custom wedding cake spot Bonniecakes. The former is a fixture at the University District and West Seattle farmers markets, well known for their cookies and croissants, which will be joined by a lineup of challah and brioche breads at their brick-and-mortar.

Ol' Faithful Brewing Company
Hello, Ravenna Renaissance. Tommy and Elise Ortega's craft brewery at 55th and 26th is currently undergoing renovations and is slated to open sometime this summer, reports Ravenna Blog. Expect a neighborhood spot with several taps, a patio, and community-elected brews.

Several Huxley Wallace Projects
For efficiency's sake, let's just say this: Josh Henderson is going to be very, very busy over the next 12 months. Our own Allecia Vermillion has the news on the plans (spoiler: lots of burgers) in Tuesday's Nosh Pit post.

Josh Carrigan's Pizza Spot
No name and few details have emerged for the new pizza joint from Still Liquor's Josh Carrigan, but we do know it'll be at Pine and Minor. Oh, and there will probably be pizza.


The Admiral Benbow
The pirate ship–themed Admiral Benbow in West Seattle will unfurl its sails for the last time on Sunday, The Seattle Times reports. According to Allison and Ian Hill, the bar's fifth owners, high rents made the place too expensive to maintain—and they predict it'll be supplanted by pricey high-rise condos soon. Shiver me timbers.

Sadness. Ballard's ramen and shave ice spot will close for good on March 28 after a year and a half in business, according to a Facebook post by the restaurant. No word yet on what's behind the closure.


Stoneburner Ends Lunch Service
Chef Jason Stoneburner has opted to discontinue lunch service at his Ballard restaurant to focus on dinner and private catering. The last lunch service will be held on Friday, March 27. Never fear: Stoneburner's excellent brunch will still be available on Saturdays and Sundays.


Brady Williams
After a long search for a new executive chef, the Brothers Canlis have tapped Brady Williams, late of Roberta's in Brooklyn, for the gig. Read the whole story—sorry, no laser tag—in Allecia Vermillion's Thursday Nosh Pit post.


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