In April, Shota Nakajima announced his plans of opening a kaiseki restaurant on Capitol Hill. Now that doors will open later this month, Nakajima shares who will be in charge of the beverage domain: Nik Virrey, a veteran of the bars at Liberty and Tavern Law, will run the cocktail menu, and Nakajima's business partner, Jason Lock (El Gaucho, Wild Ginger, Miller's Guild, and Bell and Whete) will curate and oversee the wine list as well as the front of house.
Charlie's Bar and Grill
Ken and Christine Bauer announced Wednesday that their 39-year-old Broadway bar and grill will bid us farewell at the end of this month, specifically during Pride Weekend, reported Capitol Hill Seattle blog. Though Bauer is uncertain whether the last day will be Saturday, June 27 or Sunday, June 28, the restaurant will stay open daily until that dark day from 9am to 2am.
The Italian ristorante at First and Union is now open for seasonal lunch service through September 30, Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 3pm. The menu includes daily antipasti selection of salami and cheese plates, hearty handmade pastas (potato gnocchi with pancetta, brown butter and duck egg, and pork sausage stuffed ravioli with porcini mushroom cream), sandwich and seafood entrees, and a two-course combo with your choice of salad and a soup or pasta for $20. Seating is available at the bar or on the patio with sweeping views of the waterfront.
Capitol Hill's rum mecca also has new lunch (and summer) hours starting at 11:30am, with happy hour from 3 to 6pm daily starting Monday, June 22. The menu will consist of classic Caribbean fare like baked empanadas stuffed with chorizo, chicken or mushroom; and three for $10 fish, pork, or portobello mushroom tacos, and more.
Two Doors Down
Erin Nestor of Bottleneck Lounge has been hard at work on a new spot in the former Philadelphia Fevre location just, yes, a few doors down from Bottleneck. CHS says Nestor and partner Rebecca Denk are planning a family-friendly burger joint, opening this summer. The concept centers around the "classic American hamburger" using buns from a local bakery, and beef that's sans both hormones and antibiotics. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options will be available along with 20 taps for beer (gluten-free and one on nitro), cider, and housemade ginger beer. The hours will be from 11am to 11pm daily. Stay tuned for more details.
The all-organic doughnut shop will open its second location in Ballard at 17th and Market in late July per Eater. The new 2,500-square-foot spot will contain 50 seats (and a few more outside) with an exhibition bakery so you can bite into the glazed goodness while watching where and how the magic happens.
Beacon Hill is about to get its first brewery: Les McAuliffe, a longtime resident of the neighborhood, is opening a brewery later this year per Eater Seattle. The small space will have a patio, a kitchen, and have around 10 taps. Kids welcome. Check McAuliffe's Twitter page for updates.
To add to our list of summer patios, 19th Ave's stalwart Vietnamese destination debuted its own rooftop patio this week. Open daily from 5:30 to 9:30pm, the patio has a dedicated bar with two draft beers, two draft cocktails managed by Jon Christiansen, selection of wines, and two freezy drinks (yes, with booze) courtesy of the slushy machine that used to be at Ba Bar. Plus a full food menu. Read on for more details on Nosh Pit.
Brimmer and Heeltap
Continuing the patio theme, Brimmer and Heeltap's expanded patio with its new fire pit opens today.