Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Requiem for a Cheese

Your Friday dispatch from Seattle Met’s food team.

By Allecia Vermillion January 17, 2020

Please... Don't go.

Editor's note: This supersize update covers the holidays and last week, when yours truly was traveling and couldn't get her act together.

Mt. Townsend's Soft-Ripened Sadness

The cheese world isn't prone to bombshells, but the news that Mt. Townsend Creamery will cease cheesemaking operations by the end of January certainly qualifies. The Olympic Peninsula cheesemaker said in a Facebook post that the decision was "ultimately driven by the toll that 14 years of intensive production has taken on our physical plant." The final batches of New Moon, Campfire, and—oh, god, somebody hold me—Trufflestack will ship out mid-February. This might be worth a final pilgrimage to the tasting room in Port Townsend.

The OG Pho Bac Sets Sail

Its return is long in the making, but at last, Pho Bac's boat-shaped birthplace is open once again...right across the parking lot from its excellent offspring, Pho Bac Sup Shop. Owner Yenvy Pham promises, via Eater, beef rib bun bo hue, a "shot and a beer"-type vibe, and zero fussiness. Regular hours: "8am-ish to night-ish."

PCC in the CD

The Seattle Times broke the news of the local grocer headed to 23rd and East Union after New Seasons pulled out.

Scotch Egg, But Make it Pig Brain

I'm excited about this new "European-sized" Columbia City project from Evan Leichtling of the Fowl and Offal popup, but I do hope La Teranga truly is moving to a new spot.

Broadway Update-O-Rama

Yakiniku coming to Broadway? These are heady times for tabletop grills on Capitol Hill. Consider me equally on board for this new pairing of legit tamales and cider farther down on Broadway, and the former Broadway Grill's new identity as Olmstead from Witness's Gregg Holcomb, a man who knows his cocktails.


Eater Seattle says local favorite Tacos Chukis is the latest operator forced to pay out for overtime wage violations.

Rethinking the Hierarchy

Farewell to FareStart's Maslow's; CEO Angela Stowell announced this week the South Lake Union cafe will close on January 31.

Meanwhile, on Seattle Met...

Who will take over the Central Smoke space?

We know who's taking over Caffe Vita.

Now open: Rondo and Musang and Revel 2.0.

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