Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: The Red Door Closes (But Fair Isle Opens)

Your Friday dispatch from Seattle Met’s food team.

By Allecia Vermillion January 24, 2020

A historic beer bar in a historic building.

Image: Zoe Sayler

As If This Week Weren't Grim Enough

The owners of Fremont's Red Door—a craft beer bar since 1988, when most of the nation was still enamored with Bud Light—announced the bar will close. Owners Pete and Emily Hanning took to Facebook to tell fans, "We take our stewardship of this historic building and business seriously, but we just aren’t able to make it work financially." The Red Door pulls its final pint on March 8.

Eat Your Feelings Here

Can somebody send good news please? Oh, good—Capitol Hill Seattle says Batch Baking Company is open on 12th Avenue, bringing the "nostalgia-inspired caramel chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter brownie, palmiers, and Oreo-style Squareos" to this corner of the city. 

Farewell, Valentinetti's

The Italian restaurant with a fondness for puppets, which replaced Ballard's Hi-Life, has closed after three short months. You know what? I salute any operator unafraid to admit, "we clearly mis-read what the dining public is seeking."

Ethan Stowell Takes Over Via6

The word is out. Seattle's most prolific chef will install some of his concepts in the Denny Regrade complex that, until recently, was home to Tom Douglas's Home Remedy, Tanaka San, and Assembly Hall.

Meanwhile, on Seattle Met...

In a town full of breweries, Fair Isle is legitimately a big damn deal.

Volunteer Park Cafe eyes its final days.

Load up your pantry with these Good Food Award winners.

Frankie and Jo's at U Village? Yep, that makes total sense.

The abdication of Queen City.



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