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- Scratch Deli is closing its sandwich shop after six years on Capitol Hill. The owners are ready to move on, and expect to sell out of their inventory by December 23, at which point they’ll shut things down for good.
- Mr. Saigon, the fast-casual banh mi shop near Seattle University, is in expansion mode, planning new locations with expanded menus — fresh spring rolls, croissant sandwiches, salads — at 2nd and Pike and in Pioneer Square.
- The FBI and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an assault at Lynnwood’s Rec Room Bar and Grill as a racially motivated hate crime after eight suspects with ties to white supremacist groups allegedly assaulted the African-American DJ, which led to a brawl.
- Capitol Hill’s buzzy Jewish deli, Dingfelder’s Delicatessen, has finally added its promised indoor seating for the enjoyment of heaping pastrami sandwiches, matzoh ball soup, and half-sour pickles.
- Chris and Anu Elford have closed Navy Strength Coffee and Juice bar, the sibling cafe to their excellent Navy Strength tiki bar and No Anchor beer bar in Belltown, with Chris writing on his Facebook page that “Staffing issues, lack of support, and minimal resources made it a very challenging business to operate next to the bars.” But he promises to announce an exciting new venture for the space soon.