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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.