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- Ravenleaf Public House, which has been open at the intersection of Ravenna and Maple Leaf less than two years, served its final beers and burgers March 29. A place called Thai Fusion will take over the space.
- Choukette on Western Avenue in Pike Place Market is also closed. The bakery, which opened in summer 2016, specialized in eclairs.
- A new food truck is hoping to raise $25,000 via Kickstarter to start start serving wood-fired pizza. Called In Pizza We Crust, the truck aims to donate a portion of its profits to local charities like the Ronald McDonald House.
- A customer launched a Gofundme campaign for the owner of Teriyaki Plus, who has been running the restaurant solo since the death of her husband. Already, donations have exceeded the $5,000 goal and are close to $7,000.
- The ups and downs continue for the poke trend. The Eastside’s Just Poké is planning four more shops that could open by June, while the Central District’s Newport Poke has shuttered. No Vacancy Poke has also ended its run inside Ballard’s Hotel Albatross, though apparently the bar continues to serve poke anyway.
- La Colonial’s Kickstarter campaign, which chef Joseph Bayley is using to fund a conversion from pop-up to Filipino tapas restaurant, exceeded its $25,000 goal, raising more than $28,000.
- Coffee products in California will soon include cancer warning labels — assuming an LA judge’s recent decision stands. Meanwhile, the coffee lobby argues that known carcinogens in coffee exist at harmless, low levels.
- Local smoothie spot Protein Station won $10,000 in the Visa Cashless Challenge. To enter, the owners had to submit a video telling Visa how the cashless movement can benefit their business.