Contadino and Contadino Pizzeria
As the world turns. Vendemmia and Raccolto chef Brian Clevenger is taking over the Ernest Loves Agnes space. He's splitting it into two spots—seasonal pasta house Contadino on one side, pizza on the other.
Speaking of pizza...
Art of the Table
Your last night to have dinner in Art of the Table's original, idiosyncratic space, approaches. The new location down the street should be open by mid-March.
Ooooh. The partners behind the excellent Bai Tong Thai restaurants will take over the longtime Boom Noodle address at 12th and Pike. Per Capitol Hill Seattle blog, the new spot will be called Bai Tong Street Cafe, and arrive, hopefully, in April.
Duke's Chowder House
Eater Seattle says this longtime chowder emporium is one of 12 restaurants due in the expanded Bellevue Collection (along with Henry’s Tavern, Fogo de Chão, and Japonessa).
Jason Wilson and El Gaucho
The Miller's Guild chef has joined collaborative forces with the venerable restaurant group. Thus El Gaucho will play a supporting role in Wilson's pair of upcoming projects in Bellevue: The Lakehouse, a modern Northwest farm-to-table restaurant, and a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge called Civility and Unrest.
The London Plane
Matt Dillon's lovely Pioneer Square restaurant has not one but two new chefs, with pretty impressive backgrounds.
UPDATE: Good Causes
Sprudge's Massive Coffee Fundraiser
The Seattle-based. internationally respected coffee website has put together a huge list of coffee shops who will donate a portion of sales to the ACLU from Friday, February 3 (aka today) through Sunday the 5th. Sprudge will match a portion of those funds, too. At last count, there were more than 500 cafes participating across the country, including Seattle fixtures like Slate, Analog, Elm, Royal Drummer, El Diablo, Stumptown, Cloud City, Preserve & Gather, and QED. Check out the full list here.