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Hillman City’s Modernist Filipino Restaurant Is Getting Close

Plus Stock is becoming Papas Hot Potatoes, Willmott’s Ghost is testing pizza recipes, and more

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Archipelago will feature a take on sinigang, a sour soup, pictured here.
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  • Ballard’s Stock restaurant is switching things up. It will become Papas Hot Potatoes, a “plant-based quick service restaurant” serving baked potatoes and sweet potatoes, chili, queso, salads, pickles, hot sauces, and banana-horchata shakes. The opening of this bizarre switcheroo is TBD, but it’s coming “sooner than later,” according to Facebook.
  • Modernist, tasting-menu-only Filipino restaurant Archipelago is close to opening. Owners Aaron Verzosa and Amber Manuguid don’t have an exact opening date yet for their ambitious restaurant, but they’re hoping for the end of September.
  • The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has made official changes to the liquor licenses of Grim’s, Lost Lake Cafe, and Queer/Bar to remove David Meinert’s name. Meinert, whom multiple women accused of rape and sexual misconduct, sold his stake in the businesses last month.
  • Greenwood Greek restaurant Stacia’s Gourmet Pizza and Pasta has closed, according to Yelp, though the restaurant’s website calls the closure “temporary.”
  • Renee Erickson’s forthcoming Italian restaurant, Wilmott’s Ghost, is testing pizza recipes ahead of its anticipated opening next month in the Amazon Spheres. Erickson’s Deep Dive bar opened in the same building last month.
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