Kushikatsu lands on Capitol Hill this spring.

Osaka Meets Pike/Pine

Adana’s Shota Nakajima broadens the city’s Japanese food spectrum with Taku, a new Capitol Hill bar dedicated to Osaka’s fried street food skewers known as kushikatsu.

A Kamonegi Spin-Off

Two doors down from Kamonegi, her restaurant in Fremont, Mutsuko Soma will soon open a sake bar, Hannyatou, complete with fermentation-driven snacks.

Stealth Health

The former Cocina Esperanza in Ballard is now Lucky Santo, an all-day haven of gluten-free, vibrantly vegetal fare from Stoneburner alum Nikki DeGidio. (Jason Stoneburner’s also a partner.)

Tastes Like Feast

The team behind Portland festival Feast has overhauled the chef component at Taste Washington; the state’s mega wine festival returns March 28–31.

The New Nirmal

New chef Ashish Bagul moved from India to head the kitchen at Nirmal’s in Pioneer Square—still named for its original chef, Nirmal Monteiro.