In recent restaurant news, General Porpoise is now serving doughnuts in Pioneer Square, Taylor Hoang has opened a new Vietnamese restaurant in Redmond, and there’s finally more Hunan cuisine in the area thanks to Bellevue’s Sizzling Pot King. As for the openings below, Pike Place Market has a new Indian restaurant, the Fairmont Olympic’s new cafe serves a dazzling array of confections, and Intrigue Chocolate Co. brings a cafe to Capitol Hill.
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March 22, 2018
CAPITOL HILL — Pioneer Square-born shop Intrigue Chocolate Co., known for adding unorthodox seasonings like basil or pomegranate and bay to its Belgian chocolates, has opened a cafe at 15th and Madison serving banana bread, chocolate truffles, caramels, sugar cookies with Jamaican cocoa powder, and coffee aplenty. The offerings will change seasonally based on what’s available at farmers markets and local spice shops. Status: Certified open. 1520 15th Ave.
DOWNTOWN — The Fairmont Olympic is sporting a new cafe called 4th Ave in the hotel’s lower lobby. The menu consists of familiar espresso drinks plus an array of treats that look downright resplendent: macrarons, tiramisu, espresso caramel puffs, pistachio eclairs, carrot cake, chocolate cake, and more. On the savory side, there are bagel sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, and chive and cheese scones. Status: Certified open. 411 University St.
PIKE PLACE MARKET — Located between the newspaper stand and the fish throwers, Saffron Spice is ensuring Indian aromas waft through Pike Place Market alongside the many other tempting smells. The restaurant promises “usual favorites” like chana masala and chicken tikka masala, plus a rotating cast of daily specials reflecting the cuisine of India’s diverse regions. Status: Certified open. 93 Pike St.
March 19, 2018
FREMONT — A fast-casual restaurant and wine bar called Esters Enoteca is now open, owned by Nick and Trish Carlino of the defunct Maple Leaf restaurant Piccolo. The combination of concepts means customers can opt for, say, a harissa-spiced lamb sandwich with mint aioli and fries to go at lunch, or a happy hour glass of prosecco. Status: Certified open. 3416 Fremont Ave. N.
PIKE PLACE MARKET — The vacant spot inside the Atrium wing, home to Honest Biscuits before it relocated to the new Marketfront expansion, now houses Pasta Casalinga. Owned by Nathan Gottlieb and Michela Tartaglia (of Italian cooking school Cucina Casalinga), the restaurant makes different rustic pasta dishes each week with a La Monferrina extruder, including gigli pasta and “spagghetoni aglio olio e peperoncino.” Local beer and wines from Piemonte and Campania, the Italian regions Tartaglia hails from, are also available. Status: Certified open. 93 Pike St. #201.
FREMONT — Bellflower Chocolates is rolling out its “Chocolate Bike” part-time in Fremont, near the Brooks Running Headquarters. The company sells single-origin chocolate bars, truffles, single-origin chocolate chunk cookies, and various confections via a Danish Bullitt electric cargo bike funded by a 2016 Kickstarter campaign. Coming this summer: the addition of single-origin chocolate milk. Status: Certified open. Check Twitter for latest schedule.
March 14, 2018
BOTHELL — Capitol Hill’s Poquitos Mexican restaurant will open its Bothell branch any day now at a new development called The Junction. The six-story building includes 130 new apartments plus commercial and office space, including expansions of Prime Steakhouse and Pinkabella. The new Poquitos will largely resemble the original, with a menu of handmade tortillas, guacamole made to order, Oaxacan mole negro, and Mexico City-inspired tacos al pastor and coastal ceviche. Status: Opening soon. 18505 Bothell Way NE.
RAINIER VALLEY — Yet another place to fulfill dreams of Chinese dumplings: Little Chengdu is now serving Sichuan cuisine in Rainier Valley. The menu consists of wontons, dumplings, noodles, rice dishes, and dry pot. The braised beef noodle soup, dumplings, and beef tripe and tongue are apparently where it’s at, while diners may be disappointed by the mapo tofu and Dan Dan noodles for now. Status: Certified open. 2815 S Hanford St.
MADISON VALLEY — After a few nights of preview dinners, Rob Sevcik is officially opening Petite Galerie Friday, March 16 in Madison Valley. The restaurant’s just a few blocks from Luc, owned by Sevcik’s most recent boss, Thierry Rautereau. Petite Galerie’s dinner menu will include small plates with plenty of options for various dietary preferences, with dishes divided into four categories including “land” and “heaven,” which most visitors will recognize as meat and dessert. Diners can choose to eat family-style, select dishes to be coursed out, or ask to be placed in the chef’s hands. Status: Opening soon. 3131 E Madison St.
March 12, 2018
PIKE PLACE MARKET — Cocktail wizards Anu and Chris Elford (Navy Strength, No Anchor, Rob Roy) have opened a bar tool shop called The Bar Bazaar featuring goods made by bartenders. The shelves are stocked with weighted bar spoons, jiggers, locally made maraschino cherries, and other barware for the discerning cocktailer. Status: Certified open. 1516 Western Ave.
CAPITOL HILL — The former Pizzeria 88 on Broadway has rebranded as Boca Restobar and Grill, featuring dishes from Argentina. The changes come as the owners attempt to keep up with “Seattle’s rising cost of doing business,” though they promised the pizza would stick around. That doesn’t seem to be the case now that the restaurant is open, though: The menu consists of meaty dishes like steaks asado banderita and Argentine sausage. Status: Certified open. 416 Broadway Ave. E.
BALLARD — Jamie Butler, Travis Eaton, and Andy Walls, owners of The Dray in Ballard and The Yard in Greenwood, are opening a new beer bar, Trailbend Taproom, in the Ballard brewery district, with 42 taps pouring local, national, and international beers and ciders. The brews will be complemented by food like pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and “bites” like sausage, chicken wings, and mac and cheese. There’s even going to be a small kids menu of cheese, pepperoni, and meatball pizzas. Status: Opening soon. 1118 NW 50th St.
March 9, 2018
WHITE CENTER — Patrick Choy has moved Patrick’s Cafe and Bakery from Rainier Beach to White Center, bringing along everything from croissants and peach pie to mac and cheese and Hawaiian dinner rolls to cinnamon rolls (regular or coconut-based haupia), a specialty of the house. The cafe also serves Fidalgo Coffee and works with local purveyors like Seattle Fish Guys and Cascadia Chai. Choy’s brother is “Godfather of Poke” Sam Choy, who currently lends his name to Sam Choy’s Poké to the Max. Status: Certified open. 10003 15th Ave SW.
FEDERAL WAY — 85°C Bakery, nicknamed the “Starbucks of Taiwan” for its staggering ubiquity and rabid following, is now open in Federal Way. The ultra-hot chain also has line-drawing locations in Tukwila and Lynnwood, with a Bellevue outpost on the way soon. 85°C specializes in such treats as iced sea salt coffee and fresh breads and pastries like the “calamari stick” — a squid ink-based bread roll with Swiss cheese inside and garlic spread on top — as well as Asian-style brioche buns infused with fruit and Western-style sweets like apple pie and macarons. Status: Certified open. 31503 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way.
WHITE CENTER — Case Justham, former sous chef and head butcher at The Swinery, brings serious sandwich chops to his new venture, Brass Knuckle Bistro. His menu features tweaks on classics, like a Cuban sandwich called Compañero with house-smoked ham and a Nashville hot chicken interpretation called Dixie Mafia. Even vegans have two options with housemade seitan. Status: Certified open. 9602 16th Ave. SW.
March 8, 2018
CENTRAL DISTRICT — Though it seems the flood of poke openings has ebbed, it hasn’t disappeared, and so another poke place has opened, this time near Seattle University’s campus. Aloha Poke Co. serves eight types of poke bowls plus other Hawaiian specialties like loco moco and kalua pork, and the restaurant’s ahi tuna is flown in daily from Honolulu. So far, the restaurant is scoring mostly five-star raves on Yelp, with one highly aggrieved exception. Status: Certified open. 722 12th Ave.
REDMOND — Taylor Hoang, owner of Pho Cyclo Cafe, has expanded to the Eastside with Maxwella Cafe and Bar. The all-day establishment, named after Hoang’s two children, Ella and Maxwell, serves breakfast sandwiches, a lamb burger, salads, and seafood bouillabaisse, plus coffee and wine. Status: Certified open. 2720 152nd Ave. NE #130, Redmond.
CAPITOL HILL — Bikini baristas have arrived on Capitol Hill courtesy of drive-thru coffee-stand chain Ladybug Espresso, where scantily clad women serve a full menu of espresso drinks in a small stand formerly occupied by TNT Espresso and Kosmic Koffee. Everett is trying to hinder such businesses with a dress code, but the baristas sued for violation of their constitutional rights. Late last year a federal judge temporarily blocked the dress code, and now Everett is appealing the decision. So far, there’s been no such move in Seattle.
March 5, 2018
GREENWOOD — Chinese restaurant Kuan Zhai Alley is bringing the Sichuan heat to Greenwood, with hot pot dishes, chili oil-laced dan-dan noodles, and plenty of takeout-friendly dishes like Kung Pao prawns and General Tso’s chicken. The restaurant, which takes its name from a historic district in Chengdu, China, has an online ordering component for anyone looking to grab and go. Status: Certified open. 14409 Greenwood Ave. N.
QUEEN ANNE — Edmonds-born Evviva Woodfired Pizza has opened a location on Upper Queen Anne, on the same block as Eden Hill and How to Cook a Wolf. Pizzeria owner Luan Berisha specializes in Neapolitan pizzas — “You’ll devour the slice well before the next pie is out of the oven,” according to a rave review from 2014 — baked in a brick oven fired with applewood from Eastern Washington. Toppings include fresh and aged mozzarella, prosciutto, pepperoni, and Zoe’s sausage. The long list of pies is complemented by salads and antipasti like burrata. Status: Certified open. 2231 Queen Anne Ave. N.
GREENWOOD — Around the corner from Lantern Brewing, Thai Thai Kitchen offers dine-in, pick-up, and delivery of popular dishes like chicken and pork larb, papaya salad, and pad Thai. There’s an online ordering option here for ease of use, too. Status: Certified open. 9525 Aurora Ave. N.
March 2, 2018
CENTRAL DISTRICT — Med Mix is making its Central District comeback after a five-year hiatus. A 2013 arson fire shuttered the restaurant’s 23rd and Union location, which is now home to Uncle Ike’s Glass and Goods, but owner Otmane Bezzaz has resurrected the fast-casual restaurant at 23rd and Jackson, just down the street. The menu includes gyros, falafel, tabbouleh, and Greek salad. Status: Certified open. 2204 S Jackson St.
CAPITOL HILL — The vacant former home of World of Beer is now occupied by Tamari Bar, from the owners of Suika. Tamari serves Japanese specialties like pressed battera sushi, Japanese street food, and a range of Japanese beer, whiskey, sake, and sochu. The walls are lined with kitschy art and the televisions play manga cartoons. Status: Certified open. 500 E Pine St.
RAINIER VALLEY — A new restaurant in Rainier Valley called Little Chengdu serves deeply flavorful and spicy Szechuan food like handmade Chongqing noodles, Chengdu pancakes, noodle soups, dumplings, and more. Status: Certified open. 2815 S Hanford St.
February 28, 2018
GREENWOOD — Two new businesses have landed in the upper reaches of Greenwood. From the owners of Geo’s Cuban and Creole in Ballard comes Geo’s Bar and Grill with a full bar, Cuban art, and a stage for live Latin jazz on the weekends. Down the road, Voff (pronounced “woof”) Bark and Brew is a 21-and-over bar and dog park with up to 20 beers, wines, and other drinks, a heated, enclosed patio, and a small off-leash yard so the dogs can socialize, too. Status: Certified open. Geo’s (10515 Greenwood Ave. N) and Voff (9731 Greenwood Ave. N).
INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT — Dough Zone’s latest location is busy as ever, but time-crunched dumpling fiends are in luck: A new contender nearby also satisfies cravings for steamed and fried dough pockets. Jiaozi comes from chef/owner Elaine Song, who specializes in the restaurant’s eponymous Chinese potsticker-style dumplings, which she learned how to make from her grandparents. The menu is made up mostly of said jaozi, with 11 different filling options from pork and shrimp to lamb and carrot, but there are also spicy seared noodles, salt and pepper squid, popcorn chicken, and more. Status: Certified open. 414 8th Ave. S.
MAGNOLIA — While Oliver’s Twist Phinney Ridge lives on, the bar’s former Magnolia home now holds a sushi restaurant called Yume. The menu from owner JP Kim, who also works as the head chef at Shiku in Ballard, consists of various rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Kim also serves cocktails, and the space welcomes all ages, whereas Oliver’s Twist was for adults only. Status: Certified open. 3217 W McGraw St.
February 26, 2018
RAINIER VALLEY — When Juan Torres tweeted about his father’s grocery store, Mi Ranchito, spinning off a taco stand in Rainier Valley, he likely didn’t expect it would reach supporters in New York, Norway, and the Philippines. The menu includes asada, chorizo, al pastor, chicken, and tripa tacos. Status: Certified open. 7820 Rainier Ave. S.
Hey Seattle-Rainier people, my dad has a mexican grocery store and just included a taco stand and would like to attract more customers to support his business!! it would mean a lot to me if y’all could retweet! he is located at 7820 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA pic.twitter.com/6rGNZzr4ud— La Llorona (@juaan_tt) February 11, 2018
BELLTOWN — In the former home of Cuadra 32, Black Cat includes a 1920s-style back bar, twists on the beer-and-a-shot combo, and original cocktails from owner Dustin Haarstad. He knows his stuff: He tended bar at renowned Canon and led the revamp of Adana’s bar menu. Comfort food comes courtesy of Canon’s former executive chef, Andrew Cross. Come summer, there will be a patio and frozen cocktails, too; for these damper times, patrons can entertain themselves indoors with pinball. Status: Certified open. 2132 1st Ave.
SOUTH LAKE UNION — Marriott has opened a branch of its experimental hotel brand Moxy in South Lake Union. The first West Coast location includes such millennial-attracting features as bike lockers, a “communal ironing room,” and tech-friendly features like keyless mobile entry. The hotel’s Bar Moxy will be open to the public from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., with a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., and its menu includes takeaway items like a falafel wrap and Beecher’s mac and cheese, plus cocktails, beer, and wine for drinking on-site. Status: Certified open. 1016 Republican St.
January 30, 2018
SEA-TAC — Originally scheduled to open last September, Cafe Flora’s spin-off inside Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Floret, finally has an opening date: The restaurant is set to start serving Sea-Tac diners vegetarian and vegan dishes similar to those at Cafe Flora on February 6. A grab-and-go counter and a large sit-down dining room will both serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Dishes will range from the Oaxacan tacos popularized at the Madison Valley restaurant to vegan cinnamon rolls and grain bowls with quinoa and falafel. Status: Opening soon. 17801 International Blvd, Central Terminal at the intersection of concourses A and B, Sea-Tac Airport.
KIRKLAND — The folks behind Bottle and Bull have opened a gastropub called Park Lake Public House in downtown Kirkland. The family-friendly pub serves seasonal dishes with Pacific Northwest ingredients, plus local beer, wine, and spirits. Chef Peter Worden, who spent time at Café Campagne, Dahlia Lounge, Restaurant Zoe, and Republic, oversees the brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, with dishes like a fried oyster po’boy, wild boar bolognese, and calamari fettucini. Status: Certified open. 115 Park Ln, Kirkland.
TACOMA — All manner of waffley goodness has hit Tacoma with a new restaurant called Waffle Stop. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, the Proctor District restaurant includes sweet and savory options like the bacon cookie butter waffle, Nashville hot chicken, and strawberry cheesecake. Simpler kids’ options are available, plus shakes, mimosas, waffle sandwiches, and a couple of salads for those poor souls not waffle-inclined. Status: Certified open. 2710 N. Proctor Street, Tacoma.
January 26, 2018
BELLEVUE — The first Washington location of Japanese sensation Gyu-Kaku is now “softly open” in Bellevue, which just means it’s taking a limited number of reservations as the staff eases into full swing. The international chain specializes in yakiniku, Japan’s version of Korean barbecue. The menu showcases signature dry-aged, miso-brushed beef, and this outpost may add a few local specialties. Status: Certified open. 14506 NE 20th St. Suite 2.
SOUTH LAKE UNION — Cafe An’Clair has replaced the Eltana bagel shop in the Amazon Apollo building. In addition to coffee and espresso, the cafe serves food like breakfast sandwiches with ham, cheese, and egg; salads; and other sandwich options like caprese and a beef bulgogi with sriracha mayo and mozzarella. Status: Certified open. 826 Thomas St.
INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT — Congeez, whose Wallingford restaurant is currently closed for renovations, has opened a location inside the Uwajimaya food court. As the name indicates, Congeez specializes in congee, the rice porridge commonly eaten in Asia. Congeez serves it with toppings like shredded chicken, pork meatballs, and tofu, as well as rice patty sandwiches, wontons, and sides like Chinese doughnuts and steamed bok choy. Status: Certified open. 600 5th Ave S.
January 22, 2018
DENNY TRIANGLE — Amazon’s cashless convenience store, Amazon Go, is now open to the public after 14 months of testing. The store — “a high-tech version of a 7-Eleven,” according to Recode’s inside look — allows shoppers to purchase items without interacting with a checkout system. Shoppers scan their smartphone upon entry, and items are added to a virtual cart as they’re removed from the shelves. The store then chargers shoppers’ Amazon accounts through the Amazon Go app. Not surprisingly, the venture has drawn criticism from grocery workers’ unions. Status: Certified open. 2131 7th Ave.
BALLARD — Ready to help satisfy the coffee cravings of upper Ballard, Vikings Cafe has opened in a former tanning and nail salon on 15th Avenue, near Brunswick and Hunt and Waterwheel Lounge. According to its website, the cafe serves a familiar menu of coffee, tea, and espresso, plus an Italian salami sandwich, ground beef and veggie pies, soy milk and organic milk puddings flavored with cardamom and cinnamon, and a few beers. Status: Certified open. 7016 15th Ave NW #111.
TACOMA — Seattle’s neighbor to the south has a new bar called Devil’s Reef, dubbed “The Pacific Northwest’s New Tiki Wonderland” by Cocktail Wonk. The bar doesn’t pull any punches with the nautical and tropical decor, featuring a bar top that resembles pier decking, glass fishing floats, low, color-filtered lighting, a tiki mug collection, and a whole lot of rum. In addition to thematically appropriate drinks mixing ingredients like passion fruit and coconut cream, the bar has a full kitchen serving Asian-inspired bites like spring rolls, bao, rice bowls, and Korean-style short ribs. Owners Robyn Murphy and Jason Alexander (who also own Tacoma Cabana) plan to open Wednesday, January 24. Status: Opening soon. 706 Court C, Tacoma.
January 19, 2018
EDMONDS — Just before the new year, Tom Douglas alum Brian Madayag opened a Filipino-Hawaiian fusion restaurant called Barkada in a former teahouse in Edmonds. There are board games, a bar serving tiki drinks, and a food menu of adobo oyster shooters, Filipino-style ceviche, sushi rolls, and a Dungeness crab burrito. Status: Certified open. 620 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds.
SOUTH LAKE UNION — Capital One is bringing its cafes to the Seattle area with openings in South Lake Union and Bellevue as part of the company’s effort to “reimagine banking.” SLU is up first, with the new cafe serving Peet’s Coffee and baked goods from Fuji Bakery. During grand opening celebrations today, January 19, and tomorrow, January 20, the company promises “giveaways” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Status: Certified open. 333 Westlake Avenue N.
SOUTH PARK — Yesterday marked the opening of a new all-ages pub in South Park called Uncle Eddie’s, from Keasa Jones and Michael Goldsmith, former general manager of operations for Elliott Bay Brewing Company. The bar serves a full range of booze plus beer, wine, and cider, complemented by snacks like curry-pickled eggs and fried mac and cheese balls; grilled sandwiches like a Cubano and a cheesesteak; and soups and salads, all available at lunch and dinner. Status: Certified open. 8601 14th Ave S.
January 18, 2018
CAPITOL HILL — Tomorrow, January 19, marks the day everyone craving Westman’s Bagels on Capitol Hill will finally be put out of their misery. The walk-up window announced plans to start serving its much-awaited array of bagels and spreads, plus treats like chocolate chip and Maldon salt cookies, chocolate and apricot rugelach, and Maldon salt and fennel challah, all starting at 7 a.m. Status: Opening soon. 1509 E Madison St.
GREENWOOD — A new restaurant at the northern reaches of Greenwood called Thai Thai Kitchen is collecting rave reviews on Yelp, with diners recommending the chicken satay, mango sticky rice, and rama noodles. A tipster informed Eater that the restaurant replaced a short-lived gyro shop in December. The restaurant does dine-in as well as take-out and delivery. Status: Certified open. 9525 Aurora Avenue N.
GREEN LAKE — As of today, Green Lake Alehouse is now Jak’s Alehouse. The company’s announcement on Facebook says the establishment has “always been part of the Jak’s family.” The rebranding comes with a new menu and “new vibe,” all of which can be previewed tonight at the opening party from 6 to 8 p.m. Status: Certified open. 7900 E Green Lake Dr N.
January 12, 2018
CENTRAL DISTRICT — Reckless Noodles, a new Vietnamese street food and cocktail spot, has parked itself on Jackson Street, next door to Wood Shop BBQ, in the former home of The Atlantic. Chef Kenny Lee’s menu features noodle bowls like curry vermicelli with beef cheek, plus a selection of original cocktails. Status: Certified open. 2519 S Jackson St.
EASTLAKE — Brian Clevenger (Vendemmia, Raccolto) is putting the finishing touches on his restaurant Le Messe, which he hopes to open on January 22, assuming there are no last minute snags. In a style similar to what Clevenger has become known for at his other restaurants, Le Messe will serve house pastas, local vegetable dishes, and a selection of seafood options, with items like fresh burrata, crudos, and made-to-order mozzarella making appearances. Status: Opening soon. 1823 Eastlake Ave E.
PIONEER SQUARE — Walla Walla’s Browne Family Vineyards is opening a Pioneer Square tasting room on February 5 with a slew of discounts and a chance to win a magnum of wine. Along with wine tastings offered daily (with options like cabernet sauvignon, malbec, and other Bordeaux varieties the winery has become known for) and bottle sales, the venue plans to depart the stodgy wine tasting room model with movie nights and karaoke on occasion. Status: Opening soon. 411 First Avenue South.
January 5, 2018
CAPITOL HILL — Full Tilt’s ambitious expansion on Capitol Hill is now open. The fifth location for the popular pinball-and-ice cream chainlet includes a familiar line-up of scoops, like Thai iced tea, Mexican chocolate, and Fremont Troll, but also adds all-natural soft serve, made daily in flavors like buttered popcorn and salted caramel. Beer drinkers have a choice of Northwest drafts. Naturally, 20 pinball and arcade games fill out the space, with the selection changing frequently. Status: Certified open. 328 15th Ave E.
ROOSEVELT — West Seattle’s popular sports bar, The Westy, has opened a new location in Roosevelt, inside the former home of Pies and Pints. The space includes 20 televisions and a thoughtful, rotating selection of 23 craft beers on tap. Wine, cocktails, and a food menu similar to that of the West Seattle original (waffle fries, veggie pho, brisket sandwich, and more) round things out. There’s one notable difference for families at this new location: it’s all ages, while the West Seattle bar is not. Status: Certified open. 1215 NE 65th St.
WEST SEATTLE — Fiddlehead Fine Foods, a West Seattle breakfast staple, recently shuttered after six years, and it’s been replaced by Cafe Mia, a wine bar and bistro specializing in “house made global cuisine” alongside craft beer, wine, tea, coffee, juice, and smoothies. So far, Yelpers are raving about items like the biscuits and gravy, French toast, and huevos rancheros. Status: Certified open. 4310 SW Oregon St.
January 3, 2018
BEACON HILL — Tacos Chukis celebrated a new location on Beacon Hill, marking the third restaurant for the Capitol Hill-born taco shop, known for tacos like a pork adobada topped with grilled pineapple. The taqueria is parked near the Beacon Hill light rail station, which will likely help it see plenty of foot traffic. The company has also partnered with Mollusk Brewing to offer two house beers for now, Cerveza Chukis (a Mexican-style light lager) and Cerveza Obscura (a Mexican-style dark lager). Status: Certified open. 1608 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St.
CAPITOL HILL — Ines Patisserie has closed on Capitol Hill after three years, but a new bakery opened in its place. Semillon Bakery and Cafe, under owner Debbie Nam, has retained several of Ines’s recipes, along with its equipment and inventory. Nam is also introducing her own recipes for a menu that consists of an array of croissants, pastries, cookies, and cakes, a small selection of sandwiches and salads, plus beer and wine. Status: Certified open. 1150 11th Ave.
ROOSEVELT — Seattle continues to see still more poke with a new fast-casual spot called Poke Fresh, now open in Roosevelt. Early Yelp reviews are largely positive, with one reviewer even making the bold statement that this spot is comparable to the line-drawing 45th Stop and Shop. In addition to the expected offerings of customizable poke bowls, the restaurant also serves bingsoo, a shaved ice dessert popular in Korea. Status: Certified open. 1026 NE 65th St.