Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Beer Champions and Cheese Bars

...and did we mention Steak 'n Shake?

By Karin Vandraiss October 2, 2015

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Portage Bay's new Roosevelt location. Photo via Portage Bay. 


Steak 'n Shake 
Midwestern fast-food staple Steak 'n Shake is scheduled to open downtown this winter, hopefully in time to ring in the New Year with a Frisco melt. The Seattle location will reflect the chain's new streamlined, urban concept with a pared down menu of burgers, fries, and shakes, along with wine and beer. If all goes well, the chain will expand into other neighborhoods. Cue cheering Midwest transplants. 

La Marzocco 
According to Sprudge, the coffee juggernaut will have a showroom in KEXP Radio's new location in Seattle Center (opening April 2016), a space that will hold restaurants, community areas, and an "espresso-zone." If all goes according to plan, the space will include a cafe, rotating exhibits, and will host events for coffee enthusiasts and a partners in residence program featuring coffee makers from around the globe.  


Tortas Condesa 
The time for tortas is here
. Monica Dimas of Neon Taco opened her Olive Way walkup Thursday night, which will also serve as a pickup spot for for hungry patrons of Montana to grab a sandwich (either savory or ice cream) and eat back at the bar. Word to the wise, if you get the spicy vegetarian Jalepeño, be sure to have a beer nearby to wash it down. 

Culture Club Cheese Bar 
Cheese bars haven't yet found a foothold in the Seattle food scene, but that will all change October 23 with the opening of Culture Club Cheese Bar. Owner Sheri LaVigne (of Calf and Kid) plans to put a firm emphasis on the fromage in her pairings, serving three different cheeses with corresponding pours of beer, wine, or cider that highlight the flavor best. The bar will also serve as a venue for LaVigne's cheese classes and other events, including potential "meet the cheesemaker" nights and collaborations with neighboring brewery Outer Planet. 

Portage Bay 
It may seem unlikely from the looks of construction, but Portage Bay will open at 65th and Roosevelt Friday, reports Eater Seattle. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of new 107-unit apartment building The Rooster, and will have the same sustainably conscious menu, but let's hope for fewer crowds at the new location.


Other Coast Cafe 
The sandwich shop with locations in Ballard and Capitol Hill says it will open a third location in Queen Anne by late October, filling the space at 12 Mercer Street formerly occupied by Krua Thai Family Kitchen.


Pinky's Kitchen
The popular food truck dropped a barbecue bomb via Twitter this week. The lease is up on its parking lot space in Wallingford, and the plan is to sell the food truck and look for a brick and mortar location instead. Stay tuned for reopening updates, and if you need a gently used food truck, you know who to call. 


Milstead and Co. 
The Seattle coffee geek mecca will be changing locations temporarily (by about 100 feet) to 900 N 34th Street while its permanent home undergoes structural renovations, says Eater Seattle. Owner Andrew Milstead says the move won't be for six to eight weeks but doesn't anticipate any down time in service and encourages patrons to keep an eye on Twitter for updates. 


Great American Beer Festival 
Washington brewers cleaned up at this year's Great American Beer Festival, bringing 13 medals back from Denver. Chuckanut Brewery and Reuben's Brews were awarded two medals each, and newcomer Ghostfish Brewing garnered both the gold and bronze medal in the Gluten Free Beer category. Washington Beer Blog has the full breakdown.



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