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112-Year-Old Besaw's Announces Reopening; Long-Awaited Olympia Oyster Bar Finds a Home

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NORTHWEST -- After losing its long-time location and a legal battle over who owns the name, Besaw's will reopen on the corner of NW 21st and Raleigh in the new LL Hawkins building. As previously reported, owner Cana Flug retains ownership of the restaurant name, and the new location is just a couple blocks away from the old location.

DOWNTOWN -- Common Law is the newest member of Pine Street Market, the forthcoming Downtown dining hall curated by Feast co-founder Mike Thelin. Common Law will be operated by chef Patrick McKee, the chef who worked in Paley's Place for ten years before leaving in January, with financial backing from Langbaan's Earl Ninsom. McKee is turning toward dishes that will fuse European and Asian elements, after his recent stint at Laurelhurst Market.

MISSISSIPPI -- Ever since August 2014, shellfish-obsessed San Diego transplants Maylin Chavez and Melissa Mayer have threatened to open an oyster-driven bar—bar, as in, place to drink, not just a place to order oysters—and it sounds as though that day will actually come: On November 1, Olympia Oyster Bar will take over the lease at 4214 N. Mississippi Ave., replacing Beer City Bottle Shop.