Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Congee, Coffee, and Bauhaus Bows Out

Plus, Eric Banh's new steak house offers a menu for the happiest of hours.

By Sophia Lizardi December 11, 2015

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Congee as brunch. (Photo via Kraken Congee)


The Estates Wine Room
December 11 is opening day for the 1,800-square-foot room off Occidental Street in Pioneer Square. Wines from around the Northwest will be the focus and in spring 2016 an outdoor seating area will open according to Eater Seattle.

Anchorhead Coffee
The owners of the specialty roasters just signed the lease for their first retail location in the lobby of the 1600 Seventh Avenue building. Construction will begin spring 2016 and once opened will serve speciality coffee, espresso, bottled and draft cold brew, plus beer and wine during the evenings. 


Kraken Congee
Sunday brunch has arrived at the popular Asian comfort food outpost with a few new dishes and cocktails to debut on the menu like champarado and Chinese donuts. 

Jerry Traunfeld's Sichuan spot has also waded into the brunch fray; service runs Sundays from 10 to 2. Dig in to lamb dumplings, giant omelets, congee, and stuffed mantou doughnuts with coconut cream.


Zoi Antonitsas to Omega Ouzeri
This clears up the mystery of what's next for the chef who recently left Westward. She will soon be heading the kitchen at the well-regarded Greek newcomer on Capitol Hill. 


Seven Beef 
In honor of the steakhouse's signature numeral, both cocktail and menu items will be $7; drink options include a martini and manhattan. As for food, there's a burger and fries, roasted marrow bone, and a plate of, of course, seven oysters.


Sadly the mainstay coffee house is departing Capitol Hill and reportedly shuttering its other locations in Green Lake and Ballard. 

Pike Street Fish Fry
Capitol Hill Seattle blog sorts out what's going on with the Pike/Pine fish and chips mecca. Doors have closed due to the overwhelming construction. The owner plans to revisit the space when construction subsides.


The Georgian Ends Dinner Service
According to the Seattle Times the dining room will end dinner service on New Year's Eve after 90-plus years and swap over to hosting private events and restaurant rental during the evenings. Although the space comes at the high price, general manager Markus Treppenhauer, he says the transition comes from the switch of Seattle diners eating at more casual locations. 

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