Woodblock will open in downtown Redmond
Woodblock, a craft cocktail bar and restaurant, is headed to downtown Redmond's Old Town Lofts building in early 2016. Expect "a robust craft cocktail program (menu) including house-barrel aged cocktails, classic and creative beverages using fresh, seasonal ingredients and an extensive selection of spirits. Local distilleries, wineries and breweries will be the spotlight in the bar, while the kitchen will cook with ingredients that are NW grown, raised, caught and sourced." Owners Tony and Carolyn Scott will later announce their chef and key staff.
Rooftop Brewing is throwing a party this weekend
Rooftop Brewing has a few developments to celebrate this weekend: First, they've winterized their deck with a unique louvered roof system that can open on sunny days and close on rainy ones. There's also a heating system and canvas zip-in sides to further protect customers from the elements. And, they've begun a new partnership with Curbside Burgers & Brats, a spin-off of the Curbside food truck that served food near the brewery's previous location. The new truck will be parked at Rooftop Wednesdays through Sundays, serving gourmet burgers, sausages, wings, fries, and onion rings. Rooftop is throwing a "Raise the Roof" party all weekend, starting today at 3 p.m.; more details are available on their Facebook event page.
Ian's Pizza on the Hill opens
Broadway has a new pizza spot replacing Zpizza, which vacated earlier this year, apparently because of the new $15 minimum wage law. Now Ian's Pizza on the Hill is open in the Broadway Building at Broadway and Pine, reports Capitol Hill Seattle.
Plenty of food news out of West Seattle...
...including the grand opening of Itto's Tapas, set for tomorrow; an update on the Pecos Pit BBQ expansion with a location coming at 35th and Fauntleroy in the spring; and an apparent sign that the Westside Public House has closed.
Two restaurants get shut down for public health violations
Yesterday, Capitol Hill's Ballet Vietnamese restaurant was shuttered for violations that include potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures; improper cooling of potentially hazardous food; foods not protected from cross-contamination; poor personal hygiene practices, hand washing; hand washing facilities inaccessible; and toxic items not properly stored near food. Yikes. They can reopen when they fix these issues, but apparently they haven't yet, because the King County Public Health website says they're still closed as of this writing.
La Rustica in West Seattle was shut down on Wednesday because of a leaking roof; it also hasn't reopened.