Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Brews in Interbay and Poke Bowls in the Central District

Plus, Josh Henderson’s Vestal is officially open.

By Rosin Saez September 2, 2016

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Poke bowls and so much more to be found at Seattle Fish Guys. Photo via Facebook


Figurehead Brewing
According to Washington Beer Blog, this new Interbay brewery is the 60th Seattle brewery. Whoa. That’s a lot of hops. It officially opens Friday, September 2, and as far as what to expect beerwise, per Figurehead’s website, “Don’t get us wrong, we love hops and we always have a couple IPAs on tap, but we also have lots [sic] of English and Belgian–inspired ales.”

It’s official. Josh Henderson’s latest South Lake Union restaurant with a seven-foot hearth and chef’s counter is open. Vestal isn’t tied to a particular cuisine, giving Henderson—who will be cooking a few times a week—the space to play a bit, and there’s nothing quite like playing with fire. 

Seattle Fish Guys
Sal Panelo has been a local fishmonger for 32 years, now he’s opening his own seafood market and raw bar in the Central District. There will be poke bowls, freshly shucked oysters, cold-smoked salmon, and more. But first, a grand opening party this Sunday, September 4.

In the Works

Kai Market
South Lake Union’s 400 Fairview building is getting cozier and cozier with new shops and restaurants. Standard Bakery and Meat and Bread are holding it down while both Bar Harbor and mBar are two very anticipated openings. Now, Uwajimaya just signed on to debut, Kai Market, its new Asian market with grab-and-go eats and a fresh seafood counter with live shellfish and fishmonger onsite.


Chase Lounge
Due to “investment shortfalls”, this Ballard seafood restaurant has closed its doors and pulled the plugs on its pinball machines after just four months.

Other Bummers 

El Camion
Not a closure per se, but an impending bummer for sure. Rezoning challenges befall neighborhoods across the city such as Queen Anne and Ballard too of course, where a new building will replace the existing structure that houses El Camion. The Mexican restaurant’s current home will be demolished. My Ballard blog has the details. 

Philanthropic Dining

The Pink Door
In response to the devasting earthquake that hit central Italy last week, the Pink Door is donating 100 percent of proceeds from their bucatini all’amatriciana pasta to the Italian Red Cross through September 15.

For a couple more days, this Ballard restaurant is also raising money for earthquake victims. $1 from glass pours of Lucchetti Lacrima di Morro d’Alba wine and $5 from bowls pappardelle alla Norcina will be sent to the Italian Red Cross as well.

Tutta Bella
All five pizzeria locations are also rallying donations for earthquake relief. Through September, two euros, or $2.23, from each bucatini all'amatriciana pasta dish will go the Italian Red Cross. Here's hoping that you really love eating Italian cuisine throughout this entire month.


Bumbershoot B-EATs
Much like bringing in local artists and musicians, this new food program connects festival goers with Seattle chefs. Restaurateur Dan Bugge has brought in some of his favorite chefs all under one tent: the likes of Little Uncle, Bok a Bok, Matt’s in the Market, Radiator Whiskey, Gracia will be serving Thai, Korean fried chicken, fresh oysters, tamales, and more.

Hard Rock Cafe
Beginning September 11, aka the official start of football season aka 12s o’clock, the upstairs of this Downtown restaurant will host morning breakfast at 9am and Seahawk games on big screen TVs. Drink specials abound.

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