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- After 18 years in the U District, cozy and lively Brazilian restaurant Tempero do Brasil will serve its final caipirinha on the Ave on October 28. The family-owned restaurant, one of the neighborhood’s best, announced the news on Facebook, saying it was “heartbreaking to have to close our doors” though without specifying the reason behind the decision. The only bit of hope for fans is the parting line, “Stay tuned for our next venture.”
- Starting today, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is testing a food truck program at the cellphone waiting lot. The pilot program will run for three months, with trucks present twice daily from 6 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Today’s group includes The Grilled Cheese Experience, The People’s Burger, and Ezell’s Express II.
- Blue Moon Burgers, which recently drew ire for its owner’s racist text exchange, has closed its South Lake Union shop. A sign in the window announcing the closure said the shutter doesn’t have anything to do with the incident or the subsequent call to boycott the local chain. Instead, it says this location’s lease is up and the building is slated for demolition.
- Two other closures likely to break hearts: Lake City’s Mo and Lu Pasta is done for, with no word on why, while Fu Man Dumpling House in Bitter Lake has shuttered as its owners head back to Taiwan to visit family. Fu Man at least plans to reopen at some point, and will make its garlic sauce recipe available on the restaurant website soon.
- Lower Queen Anne’s private dining club The Ruins and its life-sized animatronic elephant will have their last hurrah on January 2; then, the club will go up for sale.