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Skillet Ballard Will Reopen With an Upgraded Patio (and More Updates)

Srivilai Thai Cuisine will replace West Seattle’s Blackboard Bistro, Greenwood cafe Munch is closed, The Lakehouse adds brunch in Bellevue, and more

Skillet’s ultimate grilled cheese with bacon jam, fried chicken thigh, and brie, cheddar, and American cheeses on brioche toast.
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  • On no specific timeline beyond “coming soon,” Srivilai Thai Cuisine will replace Blackboard Bistro (3247 California Ave. SW), which closed in August so the owners could focus on caring for family.
  • Following last month’s critical net failure at a Puget Sound fish farm that released thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon into local waters, protestors are urging Governor Jay Inslee to ban net-pen fish farming altogether in Washington. Big-name restaurateurs are adding their voices to the protestors’, with chefs like The Walrus and the Carpenter’s Renee Erickson calling the practice “just gross.”
  • Gig Harbor-based Heritage Distilling, award-winning producer of spirits like Brown Sugar Bourbon, continues to grow. In addition to last year’s expansion in Eugene, Oregon, a retail space coming this fall to Roslyn, Washington, and a Capitol Hill tasting room currently slated for 2018, the company announced it will be one of the tenants in the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center in Tumwater, Washington, opening a new 11,000-square-foot production facility and shop next fall.
  • Greenwood’s Munch Café (8576 Greenwood Ave N), which often ran food next door to customers at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, is closed; a handwritten sign on the storefront says, “Coming soon! Japanese sushi and food.”
  • The Ballard location of local diner chain Skillet, closed for much of the summer due to flood damage, reopens Monday, October 2 with an expanded patio — sadly, a little past prime outdoor season — and the company’s fall menu, including dishes like roasted pumpkin and quinoa salad and a hand pie filled with Comice pear and ginger.
  • Starting September 30, The Lakehouse, chef Jason Wilson’s new “modern Northwest farmhouse” restaurant in Bellevue, adds brunch Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu includes dishes like a Dungeness crab and avocado Benedict as well as chocolate coffee flour pancakes, using the Coffeeflour brand that Wilson is involved with.

The Lakehouse

10455 NE 5th Place, Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 454-7076 Visit Website

Blackboard Bistro

3247 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 257-4832 Visit Website

Skillet Diner Ballard

2034 NW 56th Street, Seattle, WA 98107 206 922 7981 Visit Website

Munch Café

, Seattle, WA (206) 687-7343

The Walrus and the Carpenter

4743 Ballard Avenue Northwest, , WA 98107 (206) 395-9227 Visit Website