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Taiwanese Cheese Tea Phenomenon Headed for Capitol Hill

Plus, the Space Needle’s restaurant remodel is behind schedule, Art of the Table changes its menu format, and more

The central counter at Art of the Table, which overlooks the kitchen
Art of the Table has tweaked its menu offerings.
Morgen Schuler for Eater

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  • A new tea shop headed for Capitol Hill will specialize in the Taiwanese-born phenomenon of “cheese tea,” or zhī shì chá, hopefully by September. Alongside bubble tea, matcha, and light bites, Vince and Kathy Shi’s Absolute Tea will serve tea topped with a lightly salted foam of cream cheese, milk, and whipped cream.
  • Amazon recently opened its first cashless Amazon Go store in South Lake Union and The Seattle Times has given the experience and food an increasingly despondent series of reviews.
  • Beginning tomorrow, March 1, Art of the Table will change its menu format slightly. The fine-dining gem will only offer an a la carte menu at the bar, while everyone else chooses a three-course, five-course, or chef’s-choice tasting menu.
  • The Space Needle’s massive revamp is so far behind schedule, the sky-high restaurant likely won’t reopen in time for peak tourist season, a big problem for the 200 or so employees who are working other jobs or collecting unemployment in the meantime.

Art of the Table

3801 Stone Way North, , WA 98103 (206) 282-0942 Visit Website

Skycity Restaurant

400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109 (800) 937-9582 Visit Website