Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Catfish Corner and Big Wine News

Plus, Tom Douglas's first expansion outside Seattle.

By Allecia Vermillion October 21, 2016

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Charles Smith is selling five of his brands. Photo via the Charles Smith Wines Facebook page.

General Jubilation

Marmite
Bruce and Sara Naftaly closed Le Gourmand in 2012, but that whole retirement thing didn't really pan out. The Naftalys will open a restaurant Marmite (named for the French soup pot, not the salty spread) in the former Chop Shop space on Chophouse Row. Fans of Sambar, take heed: There's a little cocktail lounge in back called Spirit in the Bottle.

Transactions

Charles Smith Wines
The biggest personality in the Washington wine business surprised the industry this week with news that a large liquor outfit, Constellation Brands, will acquire his five core brands: Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Eve Chardonnay, Boom Boom Syrah, Velvet Devil Merlot, and Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon. Smith will stay on as a consulting winemaker after the $120 million transaction closes this month.

Bush Garden
Over at The Stranger, Ana Sofia Knauf chases down some rumors that the Chinatown-ID karaoke mecca is closing. The restaurant side of the enterprise is indeed shutting its doors this month, but the bar lives on. For now.

Expansions

Tom Douglas at Chambers Bay
A proposal to build a boutique hotel alongside the US Open-hosting golf course just won approval. It includes a 200-seat Tom Douglas restaurant, T-Doug's first venture outside city limits.

JuneBaby
Chef Eduardo Jordan is planning a new restaurant a couple blocks from his widely adored Salare. JuneBaby will home in on the flavors of Jordan's southern roots. 

Doughnut Makeovers

Frost
The shop beloved for its exuberant doughnuts are doing away with cake doughnuts in favor of the fluffier, yeasted variety. And adding a very Frost-ian spin.

Relocations

Jackson's Catfish Corner
The grandson of the original Catfish Corner owners has a new location for the restaurant's successor. Eater Seattle says Jackson's Catfish Corner now serves its hush puppies and fried catfish at 123 21st Ave, not too far from the original Catfish Corner, now home to Fat's Chicken and Waffles.

Noted

New Owners at Bait Shop
I guess we'll have to stop referring to the Broadway bar as a Linda Derschang joint; Capitol Hill Seattle blog notes Derschang sold Bait Shop to a pair of longtime employees. No major changes in store, but brace yourself for some nautical puns, matey.

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