Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Debuts and Surprise News

And Canlis's response to Thursday's tragedy on the Aurora Bridge.

By Karin Vandraiss September 25, 2015

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Chef shakeup at Bourbon and Bones. Image via Bourbon and Bones Facebook page. 


Ernest Loves Agnes
The Guild Seattle restaurant group (behind Capitol Hill late-night staples like Lost Lake and Grim's) took things in a literary direction with new venture Ernest Loves Agnes, an Italian restaurant in the former Kingfish Cafe space with a menu boasting a distinct Northwest influence. The restaurant opened this weekend and word is that tables fill up quick, especially for brunch. 

Queen Bee Cafe 
The Capitol Hill crumpet masters will open a second outpost in Queen Anne this Saturday. Don't be fooled by the location, while it's technically in the Aegis Retirement community building, reports Queen Anne View, sweet and savory crumpets will be available to the public. 


Bourbon and Bones
In breaking barbecue news, chef Mike Law has moved on rather abruptly from his Frelard spot Bourbon and Bones, with William Belickis of Mistral Kitchen transitioning quickly into the kitchen (former Lampreia and Bisato chef Scott Carsberg will be involved as well). Details are scant so far as to what exactly happened, Eater Seattle reports, but we'll be standing by for updates. 

Chop Shop Cafe and Bar 
Zach Chambers (formerly the chef of Anchovies and Olives) will replace opening chef Joseph Bollag at Ericka Burke's anchor eatery of Chophouse Row. Atta Boy, Chambers' popup sandwich shop, will continue to operate out of nearby Bar Sue and the chef will split his time between the two Capitol Hill locations. 


 Aglio e Olio
Luigi DeNunzio hopes to expand Seattle's Little Italy with a new outpost in Madison Valley by the end of the year, according to Eater Seattle. Prices will be under $20 and DeNunzio says the menu is "back-to-basics," with no pizza to be found. 


In a move unprecedented in its 65-year history, the restaurant remained closed Thursday night in the wake of the tragic accident nearly outside its door on the Aurora Bridge, posting to Facebook that "all access to the restaurant has been blocked by authorities." According to KOMO, the staff instead spent the night cooking for first responders. 

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