Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Spaghetti Sunsets and Young Americans

Farewell to the Old Spaghetti Factory, hello to Maria Hines's new gastropub. Plus, a new weekly farmers market in the heart of the city.

By Allecia Vermillion October 28, 2016

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Veggie pizza, Maria Hines style: delicata squash, broccolini, red onion, and feta. Photo via the Young American Ale House website.


A La Bonne Franquette
Noooo. The ink was barely dry on our November issue's list of the 100 best restaurants in Seattle when the bistro on Mt. Baker ridge announced it will serve its last dinner November 5.

The Old Spaghetti Factory makes it official: The pasta house's last day on the waterfront will be December 24. Mourn its passing by reading this great essay


Young American Ale House
Maria Hines has officially reopened the former Golden Beetle space in its new identity as a family friendly gastropub, still hewing to Hines's hardcore organic standards. A few dishes on the menu: a chicken pot pie whose seasoning includes kaffir lime leaf, a smashed cucumber salad with pickled mustard seeds, and avocado toast flavored with bergamot oil.

New Luck Toy
Now available in the former Chopstix location in West Seattle: Ma'ono chef Mark Fuller's take on American Chinese restaurant staples, plus some Sichuan fare. There's also Skee-Ball, karaoke, and lots of freezy, fruity cocktails.

FlintCreek Cattle Co.
Eric Donnelly's house of underheralded proteins is open and serving venison loin and boar shoulder in a soaring space on Greenwood Ave.

Feed Co. Burgers
Scott Staples's grange-styled burger shack is officially a chainlet; the Redmond original now has a sibling in the Central District.

Shift Change

Eric Rivera at Bookstore Bar
The former culinary director at Alinea has a new gig; Bethany Jean Clement says that Bookstore Bar at the Alexis Hotel is giving Rivera "the carte blanche he's been looking for" ever since the Olympia native moved back here. This is intriguing, indeed.

Expansion Mode

Wild Ginger Kitchen
Eater Seattle weaves together a few threads of news from Wild Ginger: namely its two new fast casual locations. Wild Ginger Kitchen has set up shop at Swedish Hospital's campus on First Hill, and in the new Whole Foods 365 store in Bellevue. The Tiffin counter at the original Wild Ginger location downtown has been renamed accordingly.

Market Forces

Chophouse Row Farmers Market
Capitol Hill Seattle blog says Matt Dillon will curate a new weekly Wednesday night farmers market at the redeveloped recording studio that's become a significant collective of agriculturally minded chefs. It will run year-round, starting November 2.


The downtown staple will close briefly in early 2017 for a "significant rebranding facelift," says the Puget Sound Business Journal. I share this mostly as an excuse to marvel at the tale of the restaurant's Bacchanalic opening party in 1997, which involved an open checkbook, Mardi gras beads aplenty, and cartons of cigarettes on every table.

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