Seven Beef Steak House
Eric and Sophie Bahn's newest restaurant opened Monday at 1305 E Jefferson, joined by head chef Scott Emerick (formerly of Cremant). The service is more high-end than street food–inspired Ba Bar around the corner, the menu a new take on the traditional steak house model. Keep an eye on the Seven Beef website for further menus/details.
The international burger chain opened its first US location Wednesday in the U District at 4509 University Way. It's inspired by In 'N Out but with a wider range of beverage options (boozy shakes, Rachel's Ginger Beer, and brews on tap/canned) and Eater Seattle also reports an onsite video game called CaliRumble on a wall-sized interactive screen and self-ordering kiosk.
McMenamins Anderson School
Last week, McMenamins opened its first Seattle-area hotel in the renovated Anderson Junior High School in downtown Bothell. Known for transforming historic buildings into pubs and hotels, the five-acre destination houses three restaurants, two bars, an art deco–style hotel (saltwater pool included), not to mention a movie theater and brewery. Now taking reservations.
Culture Club Cheese Bar
Owner Sheri LaVigne says her 12th Avenue bar dedicated to the pleasures of cheese will now open Wednesday, October 28 rather than her original plan of today, the 23rd.
Third Place Books owner Ron Sher is opening a new bookstore/restaurant combo in Seward Park, and it looks like the owners of Flying Squirrel Pizza Company up the street will be running the food and drink operations within. The plan is a restaurant, coffee bar, and pub, all called Raconteur—a term for a skilled storyteller, fitting for an establishment that shares a space with a plethora of books. It's a construction site for now with a tentative mid-February open. Stay tuned.
COMING (VERY) SOON
The newest doughnut shop on the block is opening a third cafe in the old High 5 Pie spot on Capitol Hill (the corner of Madison and 12th) next week. In proper Halloween spirit, the shop is opening with a superhero-themed celebration October 31 and November 1 with a sweet incentive: Dress as your favorite hero and you have a chance to win free donuts for a year. Check out Mighty-O's Facebook page for updates.
SEATTLE ON TV
Jason Stratton on Top Chef
The Bravo cooking competition show announced its next season, including the list of contestants. It includes Jason Stratton, the executive chef at Mamnoon, and previously chef of Spinasse, Artusi, and Aragona/Vespolina. We think he'll make for excellent TV.
In the wake of Elysian Brewing's sale to Anheuser-Busch, Pike Brewing Company founders Charles and Rose Ann Finkel announced this week that they're "selling in." The announcement was actually twofold: The Finkels have expanded ownership to three "key and long-term" employees and will also be expanding their brewing capacity by moving into the 5,500 square feet of space directly above the Pike Pub.
In a Facebook update posted Wednesday, owner Kein Ha of Japanese hot pot restaurant Shabu Chic in the International District informed customers that doors will close November 1.