Jackson's Catfish Corner
Pack up the tent, because Jackson's Catfish Corner now has a brick and mortar. The successor to the dearly departed Catfish Corner in the Central District (run by the grandson of the restaurant's original owners) has been serving up fried catfish, snapper, and gumbo in a tent near the Rainier Beach light rail station. Eater Seattle says that the new location will also be in Rainier Beach at 7216 Rainier Ave S.
The 400 Fairview development has announced the names of a few food and drink tenants who will set up shop in the South Lake Union development. Canadian-based sandwich shop Meat and Bread will open a second Seattle location, to be joined by Caffe Ladro and the health food–focused Juicy Cafe. More restaurants are to come; Eater hints that there may evenbe a rooftop eating establishment in the near future.
By the end of this month, Makini Howell's vegan sweet shop Sugar Plum will finally open its doors and serve gluten free, vegan, and dietary-sensitive sweets, reports CHS Blog. Treats include soft-serve ice cream, cookies, and brownies.
Art of Confections
Eater Seattle reports that the former home of Wallingford's Exotic Bakery is now Art of Confections. It's the sort of bakery grandma can go to, though owner Shila Jansen can bake a cake in any desired shape—she specializes in edible sculptures and custom cakes. For now the menu focuses on sweets, but Jansen plans on expanding it to savory foods and dog treats.
Ericka Burke's soaring new restaurant opens today, anchoring the Chophouse Row development just off Pike/Pine. Right now Chop Shop is easing into things with dinner service, but soon it will also be open for breakfast and lunch.
Eats Market Cafe
At the end of this month the decade-old, Eats Market Cafe will close. The West Seattle restaurant, owned by Toby Matasar, is rumored to turn into buffalo wing chain Wingstop.
Last Thursday Bob's Quality Meats in Columbia City suffered a massive fire due to a compressor malfunction on the roof. This fear of fire is also the reason popular meat festival Burning Beast , has been postponed until September or October.
Paul Allen is behind a new certification system to identify which Seattle restaurants serve sustainable seafood. The full list of participating restaurants is on the Smart Catch website, and a series of popup dinners are happening this Sunday through Wednesday in Olympic Sculpture Park, including chefs like Tamara Murphy of Terra Plata, Hitchcock's Brendan McGill, and Thierry Rautureau. The popups are free but you'll need to snag a ticket; they're released at 9am the day before each event.