Bar Melusine and Bateau
Two of Renee Erickson's three highly anticipated new spots are now open on the corner of 11th and Union. Bar Melusine offers Northwest oysters at the curved marble counter top, while steak-focused Bateau holds many familiar touches from Erickson's original restaurant Boat Street Cafe. For both spots, French is the reigning influence over the cuisine and wine list.
The modern Mexican cocina/cantina opened last Friday in Belltown at 2328 First Ave. This is the second venture of the restauranteur trio Erwin Arceo, Dave Tolan, and Zach Nethercutt who also own and operate Belltown Pub two doors down. Arceo will be heading the kitchen with a seafood-centric menu and Tolan managing the bar serving fruit-infused margaritas, mescal and Mexican beer on tap.
Three self proclaimed "frenemies" from Nagoya opened their joint venture ramen shop at 14339 Northeast 20th Street, Suite E, on Bellevue Way, Tuesday Eater Seattle reports. The menu includes the chain's top-selling tonkotsu ramen. As for the name, the title comes from the familiar line of Mr. Yoshida sauces. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Big Mario's Queen Anne
Capitol Hill's late-night pizza mecca has a new location in lower Queen Anne. It opens at 11 today and the first 100 customers get a free slice.
The Capitol Hill hotspot known for street food across the globe will start offering brunch the weekend of November 21. The opening menu includes Isreali shakshuka, Portuguese francesinha and South Africa bunny chow from 10am to 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays.
The familiar, new owner of the Vietnamese restaurant on Pike is Freddy Rivas of Rancho Bravo (and Freddy Junior's) reports Capitol Hill Seattle blog. A larger transition with longer hours and updated menu looms in the future but with slow progression. Until then, Rivas plans to keep things relatively the same with the original recipes, staff, and cooks.
IN THE WORKS
Three years after moving to New York to be closer to family, former Matt's in the Market chef Chester Gerl is returning to Seattle to open a Mexican restaurant in Ballard, where he'll grind corn in house to make masa and offer soups, stews, and shellfish from across Mexico's central and southern regions.
East Anchor Seafood
Brian Clevenger plans to open a combination restaurant and market next door to his restaurant Vendemmia in early 2016. The market will sell produce, fresh fish, and shellfish along with salads and grains for takeaway like Vendemmia's Dungeness crab, snap pea, and endive salad. A few more perks of the new space will be the private dining room and rooftop that Clevenger plans to turn into a garden where he will source his produce.
Dumplings of Fury
West Seattle is coming closer to having a fresh, handmade dumpling stop. The team behind Shadowland have taken over 4302 Southwest Oregon Street to launch their new eatery slated to open around the beginning of the new year reports West Seattle Blog. The restaurant with kung fu–inspired decor will have a focus on delivery and takeout, although there will be spots for diners to sit and eat indoors and outside.
The Italian eatery in University Village is now open after extensive renovations. The newly redesigned restaurant offers guests a fresh entry way, private dining room that serves up to 50 guests, and zinc bar top. Smaller details include new tables and chairs, flooring and fabrics, windows and doors, and light fixtures that complete the facelift.