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- With rents rising, Belltown’s Kushibar has closed instead of renewing its lease.
- As part of The Eater Guide to Hawai’i, Honolulu native Nate Chinen argues that “much of the poke served by mainland purveyors is, as any local would put it, junk.”
- Navy Strength, Belltown’s top-notch tiki bar, is switching out its travel-themed menu (seen below). New drinks take cues from the Philippines, while the food menu adds a four-course tasting menu option, which should show off chef Jeffrey Vance’s serious skills in the kitchen.
- Starbucks will roll out new bottled drinks in 2018: cold brew in a sweetened version and a vanilla and fig flavor, Frappuccino with almond milk, and a line of Doubleshot Coffee Smoothies in dark chocolate banana and vanilla honey banana flavors.
- Amazon has started allowing users in some cities — Seattle included — to place restaurant takeout orders via its app. Only top-selling items from certain restaurants are available.
- Meanwhile, Amazon is shutting down Amazon Wine due to issues with liquor laws.