Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: a Danish Cafe and Thai Chicken and Rice

Plus, dumplings and legit vegan ice cream.

By Allecia Vermillion December 2, 2016

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Josh Henderson's Vestal: Now serving lunch.


Frankie and Jo's
Over Thanksgiving, Kari Brunson and Autumn Martin opened their new ice cream shop on Capitol Hill. The place is 100-percent vegan, 100-percent gluten free, and really freaking good.  

Coming Soon 

A "contemporary Thai chicken and rice bar" from the family behind Ayutthaya? IN. Capitol Hill Seattle says it will open in the former Bauhaus address in the next two weeks.

Just a reminder, this new poke shop opens December 4 (aka Sunday) in Chinatown-International District. If the owners' backstory doesn't make you want to zip right down there, then perhaps the fact that GoPoke will offer Disneyland-style pineapple Dole whip?

Hawks Nest West
West Seattle Blog shares scoop on this new sports bar, sibling to the Hawks Nest in SoDo; it should be open in time for some Seahawks playoff games. Oh, and plans include outdoor seating and a fire pit.

The Dane
Aww, this little "beer and coffee cafe" in Crown Hill looks lovely. Eater Seattle has details.

Expansion Mode 

Dough Zone
The obsession-worthy house(s) of dumplings and noodles made it official: The first Seattle location will open near Uwajimaya in 2017.


Marx Foods
Nooooo! One of the city's best destinations for uncommon foodstuffs, from locally made pantry products to semi-obscure cuts of game meat, will close its retail outpost on lower Queen Anne. But all is not lost: Marx's burgeoning online business continues on (as does wholesale). Seattle customers can order items online, then pick them up in the former storefront location to avoid shipping charges. Meanwhile, there are some great sales afoot this month.

Shift Change

The Fairmont's Gavin Stephenson

Eater Seattle says the chef who spent nearly 20 years at the hotel, building cool programs like rooftop beekeeping, has a new gig at the upcoming  SLS hotel opening this summer downtown (wasn't that place supposed to have a Jose Andres project?).


Lunch at Vestal
As of this week, Josh Henderson's finer-dining spot in SLU serves a two-course $25 lunch from 11 to 2, complete with an optional cocktail pairing menu that seems perfectly appropriate given the midcentury decor.

Brunch at Young American Ale House
Maria Hines's new Ballard gastropub (in the former home of Golden Beetle) is up and running on weekend mornings, with a menu that includes sourdough bacon waffles and a hash of smoked pork shoulder, all conforming to Hines's organic standards. Here's the menu.


Tap Station
Per West Seattle Blog, the Tap Station is shedding its retail-only identity to become a family friendly restaurant–filling a bit of a hole in that part of town. Not to worry, there will still be retail.

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