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This Week in Restaurant News: Celebrity Couture Pops and Uber Fresh Seafood

Plus, Standard Brewing debuts cocktails and sandwiches in the Central District.

By Jaime Archer September 8, 2017

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Standard Brewing's bar, complete with new additions of wine and cocktails.


Standard Public House
After a two year expansion, Standard Brewing has finally opened the doors of its restaurant Standard Public House, per Eater Seattle. Though the Central District brewery has had 12 taps since its opening in 2013, Labor Day weekend welcomed the arrival of food, liquor, and wine. Chefs David Gurewitz and Sami Furnas, previously of Little Uncle, have joined the team and designed a sandwich-centric menu.

All Water Seafood and Oyster Bar
After an 11-year run, Loews Hotel 1000 closed the doors of Boka Restaurant and Bar. But don’t let that dash your spirits: A new restaurant, All Water Seafood and Oyster Bar, will rise from the ashes and is expected to open September 28. 

Sugar Factory
Proving that you can never be too extra, Sugar Factory—a candy shop, retail space, restaurant, and chocolate lounge—invited Mariah Carey to its grand opening on September 6 at the Shops at the Bravern, reports Eater Seattle. The queen of extra will not only inaugurate the Bellevue shop, but also preview a retail and candy line named Mariah Carey’s Christmas Factory. The restaurant will have everything from fried mac-and-cheese pops to towering milkshakes, as well as donuts by award-winning pastry chef Max Santiago.

Elysian Brewing
On August 31, local beer legend Elysian Brewing opened a taproom in Georgetown boasting 20 taps, cask-conditioned beers, and rotating food trucks. Located out on Airport Way S, the new addition boasts a wide-open space and massive garage doors, and expects to host live music. Bring your dogs and your kids—everybody’s welcome at the taproom, open Thursday through Sunday. 

Mod Pizza
MOD Pizza, an artisan pizzeria with Chipotle-style ordering, will host a grand opening party today for its newest location in Bellevue. The doors open at noon and the restaurant will offer up free pizza (or salad, if you’re into that) for the first 52 to arrive.

Expansion Mode

Ballard Market
According to neighborhood blog My Ballard, Ballard Market will host a grand opening on September 16 to celebrate completing its renovations. Expect housemade brats and a DJ, then head inside to experience the new sushi bar, growler station, and Idea Center, as well as an expanded hot food area (complete with waffles). 

Starbucks Seesaws

Legal Trouble
Following plans to close Teavana stores across the nation, Starbucks was hit with a lawsuit filed by mall operator Simon Property Group, reports King5. The company contends that Starbucks’ plans to shutter all 379 Teavana locations—78 of which are in Simon shopping malls—violates lease obligations.

Food Aplenty
On Thursday the coffee giant celebrated the launch of FoodShare, a program which donates surplus food from Starbucks stores to local food banks in cooperation with Feeding America. In Seattle, Starbucks will donate ready-to-eat meals to Food Lifeline every night, which distributes food to local neighborhood agencies such as Mary’s Place and White Center Food Banks.

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