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This Week in Restaurant News: Mario's, Mollusk, and an Ethan Stowell Opening

Plus, an old-fashioned soda fountain coming to Pike Place Market.

By Karin Vandraiss October 30, 2015

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Big Mario's in Capitol Hill. Photo via Big Mario's Facebook page. 


The expansive new venture of chef Travis Kukull and brewer Cody Morris (both formerly of Gastropod/Epic Ales) is set to open tomorrow at 803 Dexter Ave N, hopefully in time to serve turmeric coconut butternut biscuits and custard-stuffed brioche steam buns for brunch. Check the Facebook page and website for updates on the opening schedule. 

Bramling Cross
The latest spot from Ethan and Angela Stowell is officially open at 5205 Ballard Ave, with chef Michael Gifford, previously of How to Cook a Wolf, heading the kitchen. The gastropub serves hyperlocal beers and taverny plates like house chicken wings. The restaurant’s website has details on menus and reservations.

Big Mario's New York Pizza
The Capitol Hill late-night pizza mecca is opening a second location in lower Queen Anne November 6 at 815 5th Ave N. The first 100 customers in the door get a celebratory slice for free. 


Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream
Pike Place Market is getting its very own old-fashioned soda fountain in early 2016. A 1938 fountain is on its way from New Hampshire as we speak, and once Shug's opens, scoops from Lopez Island Creamery will provide the base for sundaes, floats, and banana splits. 


New Pastry Chef at Trellis
Pastry chef Jacquelynn Beckman will join the Heathman Hotel's Trellis Restaurant (known for its afternoon tea) in Kirkland this November.


Shima Sushi 
The sushi restaurant at 4429 Wallingford Ave N will close after today due to leasing issues, but the owners are actively looking for a new space to reopen, reports Wallyhood.

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