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- Tropicos Breeze — home of Latin American specialties like the dippable Salvadoran sandwich, pan relleno, on Aurora near Northgate — is opening location number two at 1744 NW Market St., the former home of Maria Hines’ Young American Ale House. It could open by September.
- Starbucks is chasing the sushi burrito trend, but oddly enough the chain’s new food item is only available in Chicago right now — and it’s filled with cooked chicken rather than raw fish.
- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is such a huge Starbucks fan, though, that in a preseason game against the Seahawks Friday night he wore a pair of custom cleats made to look like Starbucks’ coffee cups, complete with his last name misspelled as “Digz.”
- Busy chef Brian Clevenger (Vendemmia, Raccolto) is hoping to open another Italian restaurant by December, following up Capitol Hill’s Contadino with an as-yet-unnamed spot in Eastlake.
- Chef/butcher Lauren Garaventa, one of the forces behind long-running pop-up Meat and Noodle Soup Club, recently shared a construction photo of The Ruby Brink, the upcoming Vashon Island butcher shop, bar, and kitchen she’s opening with Rustle Biehn and Jake Heil. It replaces Nirvana Bistro and Bar at the Vashon Landing building, 17526 Vashon Hwy SW.