Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Contadino Is Closed and B-Side Is Open

Plus, Kentucky bourbon bar Commonwealth opens in Belltown.

By Rosin Saez September 1, 2017

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Egg muffin sandos, get 'em at B-Side.


Sibling to Pintxo, the Upstairs, and Bar Abajo, this southern-lilting bar is officially slinging Kentucky bourbon as of August 31.

At long last, Analog Coffee owners Danny Hanlon and Tim Hayden, plus former Il Corvo alum Jake Vorono, have officially opened their breakfast and lunch den on Capitol Hill.

Poke Wai
Chef Jeriel Calamayan, a man who knows his poke and has even won recognition from the Godfather of Poke, Sam Choy, has officially opened his Tukila brick and mortar. Here, find calamansi juice, spam musubi, and of course poke bowls.

Shift Change

Elizabeth Restaurant
Shannon Martincic, formerly of Bar Noroeste, has decamped to Chicago to be the chef de cuisine at this Michelin-starred restaurant.

Philanthropic Dining

Hula Hula
The Capitol Hill tiki karaoke will be donating sales from its special hurricane cocktail to Hurrican Harvey victims all next week.

Pan Pacific Hotel
Likewise, chefs Eric Rivera, Matthew Heikkila, and Emmanuel Chavez have organized Tacos for Houston on September 6 from 4–7pm. The chef trifecta will be making tacos for a suggestion donation of $5 each.

Chef Collabs

Rain City Chefs Alliance
With their powers combined, chefs from No Anchor, Tarsan i Jane, Manolin, Eden Hill, and Chan are joining forces on a series of popups. Tickets for the first seven-course dinner on October 16 go on sale September 1.


After just six months, the Capitol Hill restaurant has served its last supper as of August 31. Chef Brian Clevenger and partner Kayley Turkheimer are no longer a part of the restaurant, leaving it to Jason Lejeunesse to decide that fate of the  space on 19th Ave.

Temporary Shutters

The Saint
The Capitol Hill bar is nixing its food offerings and getting back to what owner Quentin Ertel had originally envisioned: a tribute to all things agave. It will briefly close for a remodel on September 3 reopen in October sans tacos and quesos fundidos.


Will you be spending some or all of your Labor Day weekend at the music and arts festival? If so, when hunger surely strikes, head to the B-Eats tent, where 11 local restaurants including Southpaw, Adana, and JarrBar will be nourishing the masses.

Members Only

The Pink Door
You know when you have a favorite spot, then it closes for renovations, reopens and is promptly swamped with Pike Place Market tourists and locals alike? Well, that's what has been happening at this longtime market staple. The solution: Club Pink Door. For those regulars who have been frequenting the Italian restaurant for years, a yearly $25 membership will help secure a last-minute reservations. It comes with a cool membership card and some relief. Sign up at the Pink Door's website.

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