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The Week in Restaurant News: Another Day, Another Chick-fil-A and Mercantile Market in Portage Bay

Plus: Catfish Corner a tent.

By Jeanny Rhee May 8, 2015

Ericka Burke's Canal Market officially opened in Portage Bay. Photo via Facebook


A second Seattle-area location (the other is in Bellevue) opened in Lynnwood Thursday morning to a parking lot filled with tents and hungry patrons waiting in long lines for the chain's chicken sandwiches. And for good reason too: The first 100 customers won one Chick-fil-A meal per week for a year. The chain's third location is in Tacoma. 

Canal Market
Ericka Burke's one-stop shop and sweet gathering place for the Portage Bay neighborhood is up and running selling locally made products, plus pastries, cookies, and deli items. Nosh Pit has photos and food details.  

The coffee cart you may have seen traveling throughout the city from February through early April is opening its flagship store in Fremont's Stone 34 building next to Brooks's headquarters Saturday, May 9 according to Eater. The local company is not a roaster but an outdoor gear producer (selling bikes, water bottles, growlers) with a humanitarian mission. In addition to selling everything outdoorsy Pacific Northwest folks dream of, the store will have specialty coffee (Kuma Coffee Roasters, Portland's heart coffee roasters and others), snacks (like Mighty-O Donuts, pastries, soft pretzels), and 28 rotating beers on tap including Deschutes, Holy Mountain, Lantern, and more. For every cup of coffee or beer sold, Miir will donate part of the proceeds to provide one person in need with clean water for a day. 

Rooster's Bar and Grill
This new Tex-Mex restaurant opened for business in the Galerias space on Broadway. Owners Stan Moshier and Lori Campbell (formerly co-owners of Madison Park's Bing's) say Rooster's will serve an extensive south-of-the-border menu (slow-cooked ribs and lamb shank, pozole, tacos with cilantro sour cream) and stay open until midnight Mondays through Saturdays, and 11pm on Sundays. 


BluWater Bistro
The 13-year-old establishment announced on Facebook, April 22 that its Green Lake location will be replaced by Jak's Grill, a neighborhood pub that has three other locations in Issaquah, West Seattle, and Laurelhurst. Luckily, the bistro's Leschi branch near Lake Washington remains and will host a Mother's Day brunch on Sunday, May 10 from 9am to 2pm. 

Po Dog and Anchors Down
My Ballard reports that the wiener shop and its sibling tavern next door both appear to be closed for good.


Jackson's Catfish Corner
Fantastic news from Seattle Globalist: After closing in August, the iconic Central District restaurant Catfish Corner has resurfaced as a tented stand near the Rainier Beach light rail station. Terrell Jackson, grandson of Catfish Corner's original owners, has tweaked the name slightly but the recipes are original. Find his Southern-style catfish six days a week at 4347 South Henderson Street.


West Seattle resident Khalid and brother Aziz Agour are bringing Moroccan tapas to the former Firefly Cafe and Creperie space by July, per the West Seattle Blog. With more than 20 years of restaurant and culinary experience combined (Khalid ran Capitol Hill's Toscana Pizzeria for 15), the brother duo named the northeast corner restaurant in remembrance of their mother, who passed away last year, and plans to serve a diverse and rotating menu that will change weekly. 

Big Mario's Queen Anne?
Owners Jason Lajeunesse and David Meinert celebrated Lost Lake Cafe's second anniversary by dropping a few hints about a new location of their drunken pizza mecca.


Chef Blaine Wetzel of Willows Inn on Lummi Island took home the Best Chef Northwest medal at the James Beard Awards in Chicago. Read about his emotional acceptance speech on Nosh Pit.  


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