Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Walk Up, Sit Down

Two popular Southeast Asian walkups on Capitol Hill lock down restaurant spaces (with seats and booze). Mamnoon teases some cool new "special projects," and ramen returns to Ballard.

By Allecia Vermillion July 6, 2015

Note: A special Monday edition to catch up on critical restaurant updates from the holiday weekend.

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Coming soon: Chairs.

Image: Olivia Brent


Big Uncle
Little Uncle's fans still mourn its former home in Pioneer Square, but all is not lost: Owners Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart (aka PK) will open a new restaurant later this year, just a half block up from their original walkup counter on Madison. The restaurant (which pretty much had to be called Big Uncle, right?) will be just 24 seats and focus on noodle dishes from the couple's repertoire. Which means the Little Uncle counter will eventually shift its focus to rice dishes and curries. 

Wann Yen
The delightful couple behind Thai Curry Simple have plans to set up shop on NE 43rd Street in the U District, selling Thai-style shave ice. Per Eater, their latest spot is called Wann Yen; look for it later this month.


Kedai Makan
It's a big move, even though it's just around the corner: The massively delicious Malaysian street food walkup on Olive Way will take over the space that was once home to La Bete. What this means: Seats! Cocktails! (Mostly Thai focused, including shots of housemade medicinal Thai spirit ya dong.) And, most exciting of all, a broader menu. Owners Kevin Burzell and Alysson Wilson hope to open mid September. Until then, the current walkup maintains its regular business hours; its future is not yet clear, but one of several rumors making the rounds involves a permanent home for Kedai's late night–only Ramly Burger.


High 5 Pie –> Mighty-O Donuts
So many feelings. Over the weekend High 5 Pie announced on Facebook that it's departing its prominent space at 12th and Madison, heading to a commercial production space that can accommodate more special orders and wholesale accounts. However the address will not be sugar free for long: Mighty-O Donuts will be moving in come September. High 5 will be serving coffee and slices until July 19.


El Chupacabra
Eater Seattle says forever dimly lit cantina El Chupacabra will open a third location in the next few weeks, right on South Lake Union. The menu will be the same as the other locations, though this outpost will be about five times larger.

Arashi Ramen
Southcenter's favorite ramen destination is expanding. To Ballard. Eater says a second Arashi Ramen will open November-ish in the former Uma Thai address, 5401 20th Ave NW).


Elliott's and Ivar's Acres of Clams
Bertha may be a perpetual cluster, but at least a few of our best known waterfront restaurants are back open after massive seawall reconstruction put them on a nine-month hiatus. Elliott's and Ivar's used the time to refresh their spaces and, in Ivar's case, add a giant waterfront patio.


Chef Changes at Mamnoon
Intriguing: The restaurant sent word that opening chef Garrett Melkonian will assume a new "creative culinary development" role, working with owners Racha and Wassef Haroun on some special projects; Wassef told our critic Kathryn Robinson: "They are imminent, and derivative of the kinds of things we’re doing at Mamnoon. One is very close to what we’re doing now, the other very different." Longtime sous chef Jimi Treen will take over the chef de cuisine role in the interim, and perhaps permanently. Meanwhile, sous chef about town David Gurewitz (Spinasse, Little Uncle) comes aboard as exec sous.

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