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- Darren McGill and Kryse Martin-McGill, the duo behind Nate’s Wings and Waffles, Happy Grillmore, and Central District Ice Cream Company, will open a doughnut and ice cream shop called Seattle Freeze in Georgetown in early June.
- Sibling companies Seattle Cider and Two Beers Brewing are getting into the hard seltzer game with a third venture called Sound Craft Seltzer Company. The boozy sparkling water contains roughly 5 percent alcohol, is fermented from sugar and water with real fruit for flavor, and is touted as being low-calorie and gluten-free. The initial lineup, including rosé, cucumber, and grapefruit flavors, hits the taps at The Woods tasting room in SoDo in June, with 12-ounce can releases starting later this summer.
- UPDATE, 5/18: The lattes at Brendan McGill’s new grab-and-go Cafe Hitchcock Express are CBD-free due to new restrictions from King County Public Health, and originally that restriction didn’t extend to Kitsap County and the chef’s Bainbridge Island businesses. But soon after Hitchcock Deli on Bainbridge started serving its wellness lattes spiked with mood-calming CBD oil, Kitsap put the kibosh on the practice, too.
While we work our political angles to get our friends at King County Public Health educated about CBDs, it occurs that Bainbridge Island is blissfully in Kitsap County. Now offering @resonancefarm CBD extract oil at retail as well as in our delicious wellness lattes, or as an add-on to any coffee beverage. I started my day with this @rishitea ceremonial matcha, @oatly milk and a full dose of CBD. I’m clear, relaxed, and crushing my work. What do you drink in the morning?
- A new “ice cream boutique and dessert atelier” called Fogrose is opening in Bellevue. The website makes some lofty promises about what this place is going to accomplish with its treats: “beautiful and delicious ice cream creations to inspire curiosity and ignite wonder at the conjunction points of urban life.” The nitrogen ice cream portion opens June 2, the atelier/bar with boozy floats and more adult treats in the fall.
- Seattle has passed a new head tax on big businesses to fund, in part, affordable housing during a housing crisis, and Starbucks, which normally loves to tout its corporate responsibility, has nothing but complaints about the move. “This City continues to spend without reforming and fail without accountability, while ignoring the plight of hundreds of children sleeping outside. If they cannot provide a warm meal and safe bed to a five year-old child, no one believes they will be able to make housing affordable or address opiate addiction,” John Kelly, senior vice president, global public affairs and social impact at Starbucks, said in a statement.
- There are a handful of additional restaurant closures to accompany recent announcements including Rain Shadow Meats Squared and E. Smith Mercantile: Los Pollos Hermanos in Shoreline, Bai Pai in Ravenna, and Lotus Asian Kitchen and Lounge on First Hill.