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Ethan Stowell Sells His Capitol Hill Pizzeria

Plus, By the Pound may still reopen, McMenamins puts the finishing touches on its Tacoma property, and more news

Ethan Stowell’s Bar Cotto has a new owner.
Bar Cotto/Facebook

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  • Despite getting hit with an eviction notice and owing $75,000 in rent, Capitol Hill’s By the Pound is still looking to reopen. The owners, F2T Hospitality, have a new “strategic partner” who is helping retool the space as Bar Justice, which borrows its name from the former deli’s hidden bar.
  • Hawaiian brand potato chips, made by Tim’s Cascade Snacks, is the defendant in a lawsuit claiming the packaging on the Washington-made chips is misleading. The plaintiffs say they may not have purchased the chips if they knew they were not made in Hawaii.
  • McMenamins will finally open its Elks Temple Hotel in downtown Tacoma on April 24, 2019. The long-delayed project also houses a concert venue, brewery, restaurant, and several bars, all within a building that’s on the National Registry of Historic Places.
  • The Central District’s Twilight Exit dive bar and its neighbor, Tana Market, could be victims of development. Capitol Hill developer Liz Dunn, who built Chophouse Row, bought the land and plans to demolish the buildings. There’s a chance both businesses could move into the new development, though—and any action is likely three or four years off.
  • Ethan Stowell sold his Capitol Hill pizzeria and salumeria, Bar Cotto, to former Via Tribunali barman Brandon Barnato. Barnato plans to keep the name, menu, and space largely the same, adding a few antipasti and from-scratch pastas dishes and expanding the operating hours to seven days a week.

Bar Cotto

1546 15th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 206 838 8081 Visit Website

Twilight Exit

2514 East Cherry Street, , WA 98122 (206) 324-7462 Visit Website

By the Pound

1801 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102 (206) 900-0404 Visit Website