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This Week in Restaurant News: Pasta, Altruistic Chocolate, and Family-Owned Meats

Seattle Chocolate Company opens its first designer chocolate shop in Bellevue, a family-owned and family-operated butcher shop moves into the A&J building in Queen Anne, and Salare will start taking reservations.

By Jeanny Rhee May 29, 2015


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Brian Clevenger, formerly chef of Staple and Fancy, has opened the doors (and the large sliding windows facing the sidewalk) at his own place, a casual house of handmade pastas and seasonal plates on Madrona's main drag.

Seattle Chocolate Company's couture chocolate line will open its first retail location Monday, June 1 in the Bellevue Square mall. It will stay through December. With every chocolate bar purchased, a contribution will be made to the brand's charity program Jcoco Gives in combating hunger and feeding Americans. 

Salted Sea 
Columbia City's Seafood bar was pushed back a month and is now expected to open Wednesday, June 3 per Eater. The "modern American seafood restaurant and raw bar" will highlight raw oysters and small plates on its happy hour and dinner menu. Lunch and weekend brunch are also expected sometime in the future. 

The countdown begins (literally on Salare's website) as chef Eduardo Jordan, formerly of Bar Sajor (as well as the Herbfarm and Sitka and Spruce) and one of  Seattle Met's 2014 Next Hot Chefs, prepares to open his nose-to-tail restaurant in the cozy Ravenna neighborhoodEater checked in and says the highly anticipated 80-seat establishment opens Friday, June 12 and will begin accepting reservations next week.  


B&E Meats 
The family-owned butcher is slated to open its fifth location in Queen Anne this summer reports the Queen Anne View.  The shop will replace Wild Salmon in the A&J building at the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave North specializing in high-quality proteins, seafood, marinated and cured meats (smoked bacon, sausages, Korean-style kalbi beef ribs), and more. 


Only after a year in business Travis Rosenthal, owner of Tango and rum bar Rumba, announced he's sold his Broadway Italian eatery to city official Jim DuVall reported CHS blog . Rosenthal told CHS he wants to focus on his Pike establishments and spend more time with his family. More details to come. 


Rodeo Donuts
Cupcake Royale announced its popup gourmet doughnut shop will be a permanent fixture at the Ballard location, and starting Friday, June 5, the Capitol Hill shop will have morning doughnuts as well. Get 'em while they're hot: On opening day, buy any doughnut and receive a free 12-ounce drip of Stumptown coffee starting at 7am in Ballard and 8am on Capitol Hill until they sell out. 

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