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Macrina Bakery's Kent Expansion, Plus More Intel

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QUEEN ANNE—There's a new game in town when Toulouse Petit is too packed after work: Atlas Kitchen and Lounge soft opened at 621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave N in July and held its grand opening earlier this month. With a weekday happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. and a late-night version Sunday to Thursday 9 p.m. to close, you'll have plenty of chances to get a deal on cocktails like the Sour Patch Kid or a house margarita, along with pub grub including wings, prawn ceviche, meaty sliders, and the NY Garbage Plate: french fries, cheeseburger, grilled onions, meat sauce gravy, and mac salad.

KENT—This month, Macrina opened its fourth cafe at 19215 66th Ave S, Kent, attached to the company's new wholesale bakery. The upgraded production facility replaces a Sodo space. Open Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., the cafe is selling all the breads, cornetti, pastries, cakes, tarts, sandwiches, soups, and other items you'd expect from the beloved business. In a blog post, owner Leslie Mackie says she likes to refer to Kent "as the new Sodo (industrial, up and coming)." [Correction: An earlier version of this post referred incorrectly to Macrina's "Eastside" expansion.]

BELLEVUE—A tipster shares that the International District's Taiwanese HardWok Cafe is opening a second location at 667 156th Ave SE in Bellevue's Lake Hill Village (the same area where Green Leaf Vietnamese is expected to expand). According to the Facebook event page, doors open at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, and guests can expect giveaways and promotions. The new space, slightly bigger than the original, should have a slightly expanded menu of savory and dessert items.

REDMOND—As Colorado-based chain Growler USA (touted as "America's Microbrew Pub") expands rapidly throughout the country, Washington is getting its first franchise at 8300 160th Ave NE, in the base of Redmond's new Milehouse Apartments. The grand opening is Thursday, August 25 with $3 pints plus entertainment and giveaways. Expect 100 taps pouring plenty of wine, hard cider, cold-press coffee, root beer, kombucha, and of course local beer.