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Capitol Hill’s Getting a Japanese Robata Restaurant With Open Charcoal Grills

Plus Dad’s Diner is expanding from Anacortes to Eastlake, Amante Pizza is closed on Capitol Hill, and more

Junkichi’s robata izakaya features open charcoal grills.
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  • The owners of Hokkaido Ramen Santouka are opening a robata restaurant called Junkichi in the former home of Einstein Bros. Bagels on Capitol Hill in mid-April. Skewered food will be cooked on open charcoal grills and served alongside hot pots, ramen, bento, and sushi.
  • A new drinking establishment called Uptown Hophouse is in the works near the Seattle Center at 219 1st Ave N. #201. The sports bar will focus mostly on IPAs and is looking to open by mid-May.
  • Amante Pizza at E Olive Way and E Denny Way on Capitol Hill is closing to make way for a pot shop after building upgrades.
  • The next book from Bellevue cooking laboratory Modernist Cuisine will be Modernist Pizza. Creator Nathan Myhrvold says the new book will be shorter than the 2,600-page tome that was his latest release, Modernist Bread.
  • A tipster reports that Anacortes restaurant Dad’s Diner will take over the former Babirusa space in Eastlake. Governor Jay Inslee once called the diner’s buttermilk pancakes the best in the state.
  • When the relocated Nordic Museum opens in Ballard, it will have a cafe called Freya dedicated to the foods of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway, like open-faced smorrebrod sandwiches. It should open in early May.
  • Heavy Restaurant Group, which owns Purple, Barrio, Thackeray, and more, will open a wine bar called Claret in April. It’s being built on the north side of Thackeray, the group’s restaurant on Stone Way.


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