Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: A Speakeasy in the Sky, California Beer Is Coming to Seattle, and Russell Wilson Loves Juice

Plus, Tilth toasts to 10 years in Seattle.

By Rosin Saez August 26, 2016

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Fromagerie blanc bite from Tilth. Photo courtesy Tilth


Smith Tower
Seattle’s original skyscraper may no longer be the tallest building, but after officially re-opening Thursday, its skyward cafe and bar is surely remains one of the tallest spots for craft cocktails, snacks, and 360-degree views of the city.

Anchorhead Coffee
First bottled cold brew, then roasted bean whole sale, and now a full-on cafe slated to open in Downtown Seattle next month. It’s an interesting trajectory, but co-owner Jake Paulson couldn’t pass up the lofty 1,100 square-foot space. There will be single-origin coffees, espresso drinks for sure, at least four taps dedicated to their cold brews like a beer-ified version with citra hops, plus pastries, local beer, and wine.


Boom Noodle
This Pan-Asian restaurant and bar has closed after ten years on the corner of 12th and Pike on Capitol Hill, reports Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. Its owners, who also run the Blue C Sushi restaurants, left a note on the door saying, “Our lease is coming to an end and it’s time to bid our wonderful guests and neighbors farewell.”

A gameday go-to pub for Belltown area sports fans has closed. It was supposedly undergoing renovations, but now has a “for lease” sign in the window. The phone number is cut off and its website just leads to an uh-oh sadface in Chrome’s browser.

Coming Soon 

Vine and Spoon, Alchemy
Both this full service restaurant and adjacent cocktail bar, respectively, are coming to West Seattle sometime this fall. Reports from West Seattle Herald and Eater Seattle say the restaurant will serve upscale New American fare with organic and locally sourced ingredients. The chefs behind the two forthcoming spots are Christopher Jensen, Bryan Ogden, and Larkin Young, all of whom boast impressive resumes at some of Seattle’s best restaurants.

Juice Press
The organic juicery and cafe from New York will debut its first shop on the west coast come early next year. Oh, and it’s blessed by Seattle’s own Seahawk, Russell Wilson.

Washington Beer Blog did some Twitter sleuthing and discovered that this California-based brewery is moving into the former Hilliard’s Beer space in Ballard. Lagunitas founder Tony Magee told the beer blog that they hope to be running by Christmas. Recall in June, Nosh Pit reported that Odin Brewing bought Hilliard’s, but not the brewery itself.

No grill, no problem: This global chain coming to Bellevue in January does yakiniku, or Japanese barbecue, in which diners can cook a variety of dry-aged, miso-brushed beef table side. It will be the first of five planned Gyu-Kaku restaurants in the greater Seattle area.

Patio Watch

Seattle is still heating up, thus dining alfresco is going strong. Now you can do so here; Salare recently opened a 24-seat patio where you can sip on the final dregs of summer rosé. 

Shift Change 

Sisters and Brothers
The cult of spicy, fried chicken grows stronger thanks in good part to Jake Manny and his Nashville hot chicken that Seattle collectively went nuts over. And as demand for tear-inducing chicken increases, Manny has brought on a new chef, Jesse Smith, reports The Seattle Times. Smith grew up with chickens in Arlington, continues to be a chicken whisperer at his home in Shoreline, and with “really, really good smoked fried chicken sandwich” experience, he seems like a good fit.


Maria Hines’s Wallingford restaurant is celebrating 10 years of certified farm-to-table dining. Seattle Met restaurant critic Kathryn Robinson reflects on those 10 years: “One of the first high-end destination restaurants owned by a woman chef, yes, and also the first local restaurant of its reach to be certified organic.”


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