Shifts and Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Po Dogs and Nutty Squirrels

Phinney gets a gelato shop and a diner, Capitol Hill loses a wiener shop, and Jason Stratton is back.

By Christina Tiberio July 17, 2015

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Po Dog is No Mo Dog. Image via Po Dog's Facebook


Nutty Squirrel Gelato
After three years in Maple Valley, the popular gelateria is opening a second location in Seattle. Nutty Squirrel is headed for Phinney Ridge, and is slated to open August 1 at 7212 Greenwood Ave N. Plans call for seasonal flavor and an in-store play space. 

 North Star Diner and Shanghai Room
Two new spots will replace Phinney Ridge's Yen Wor Garden at 8580 Greenwood Ave N. PhinneyWood reports that the North Star Diner will be open 24 hours and serve American classics such as baked goods, milkshakes, and breakfast all day. The Americana ends at its companion bar: The Shanghai Room's interior is inspired by all the past Chinese restaurants that operated there. Drinks are cheap, cocktails are surprising, karaoke is every night. Both are due to open some time next week. 

Country Dough
Szechuan chef Cheng Biao Yang has opened his counter in Pike Place Market. The menu is simple and offers hand pulled noodles, but specializes in small Szechuan flatbreads called guo kui. Here's the early word on its arrival. 

Popular restaurant and sports bar Ballard Loft is opening a sibling pub and eatery, Shingletown. According to the bar's website, Shingletown will likely open this weekend at 2016 NW Market St. Inspired by Ballard's history, Shingletown's menu heavily emphasizes the Northwest. Cocktails are mixed with our woodsy state in mind and the food is locally sourced and farm fresh. 


Former Spinasse chef Jason Stratton, is Mamnoon's most recent hire. After a bit of a sojourn in Spain, Stratton is back in town and serving as the restaurant's general manager. While his role isn't directly culinary, he will oversee both front and back of house. 

As chef Travis Kukull prepares to open his new brewpub Mollusk, Kim Sturts steps in as chef over at Gastropod. In May, the restaurant asked diners to vote for a new chef to replace Kukull;  Sturts, whose resume includes Dahlia Lounge and Harvest Vine, received the most votes. He will serve as guest chef for Gastropod until September when he takes over the role full time.  


Cafe Juanita
After six months of remodeling, Cafe Juanita opened last Tuesday evening. Owner Holly Smith wanted the northern Italian restaurant to have the service niceties of a fine dining establishment (and to get ride of those acoustic tiles). The remodel also added a private dining room and a small patio.  


Po Dog
The popular hotdog restaurant closed its original location after a six-year reign on E Union says Capitol Hill Seattle blogDespite its constant flow of locals and Seattle U students, Po Dog served its last wiener July 15; it was the last location standing after the earlier shuttering of its Ballard and U District locations.


Neon Taco
Monica Dimas's Neon Taco and Kedai Makan have been participating in some sort of odd culinary musical chairs. As Kedai Makan moves around the corner, Dimas will take over its original walkup space at 1510 E Olive Way. Dimas is still searching for a name, mostly because she won't be serving any tacos here, but rather some other Mexican goodies.  


Heartwood Provisions
Consolidated Restaurants Inc., the new owners of the space formerly occupied by McCormick and Schmick’s downtown have announced what’s next for the prominent space at First and Spring. Heartwood Provisions is a new concept seemingly centered on the talents of beverage director Amanda Reed, previously GM at Tavern Law. Cocktails will all be paired with seasonal, contemporary food from chef Varin Keokitvan. Construction kicked off this week;  stay tuned for updates when it’s closer to opening.


Bell and Whete's Beer Club
On July 22 the Belltown restaurant/bar will launch a new beer club, Stein Society, geared toward exploring new trends, reviving older brews, and seeking hard to find ales. The club is limited to 75 members and has a one-time fee of $50 which includes a 17oz personalized stein. Sign up on the launch date to gain membership perks like discounts, exclusive brewmaster dinners, first tastings, and more. 

Post was corrected July 29 to clarify the ownership of Heartwood Provisions.

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