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- The former home of Bagel Deli and Olive Tree, on Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave., will soon house a new restaurant called Bites of Bangkok. Capitol Hill residents Jansri Parichat and Pranesh Sharma, the bar manager at Jai Thai, will serve Thai tapas and — one would think, based on Sharma’s resume — cocktails.
- University Village kitchen store Mrs. Cook’s is shutting down after 42 years in business. Owner Carol Bromel is retiring — and breaking hearts all over town. She’ll close on January 15.
- Starbucks is laying off 350 employees, most of whom work at its Sodo corporate headquarters. It’s part of a restructuring plan the coffee chain unveiled in September. Starbucks has faced lagging sales this year overall, though third quarter sales hit record highs.
- A new development in the design phase for the southeast corner of 23rd and Union in the Central District has promising dining potential: There will be seven total retail spaces in the mixed-use building. One of those may house My Sweet Lil’ Cakes, a decadent waffle-on-a-stick food truck.
- The state has dropped its tax fraud case against Capitol Hill’s Tacos Guaymas. Attorney General Bob Ferguson charged owner Salvador Sahagun with six counts of first-degree theft and three counts of possessing and using sales suppression software in an alleged $5.6 million tax fraud scheme. Some charges were dismissed, while Sahagun pled down others, resulting in a measly $750 fine and a $500 victim penalty assessment.