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Ballard’s Upscale Barbecue Restaurant Is Expanding to Tacoma

Plus Bang Bang Cafe is opening near the Othello station, UW gets a new dining hall, and more news

Bitterroot BBQ is opening a location in Tacoma next summer.

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  • Belltown burrito specialist Bang Bang Cafe is opening a new location near the Othello light rail station, replacing Huarachitos Cocina Mexicana at 4219 S Othello St. There’s no official timeline for its opening yet.
  • A drive-by shooting in Burien killed Gabriela D. Reyes, the wife of longtime Assaggio Ristsorante employee Antonio Camarillo. The restaurant started a GoFundMe page to help Camarillo pay for funeral expenses.
  • Ballard’s Bitterroot BBQ is opening a location in Tacoma. The upscale restaurant hopes to start serving brisket, pulled pork, baked beans, and whole-smoked chicken by summer 2019.
  • Jewish deli Zylberschtein’s, a planned sibling to North Seattle’s Standard Bakery, beat its $50,000 Kickstarter goal just before the campaign ended yesterday.
  • Oft-awarded Willows Inn chef Blaine Wetzel is set to debut his second cookbook in 2020, a follow-up to Sea and Smoke. Called simply The Willows Inn, the new book will feature more than 100 recipes from the famous Lummi Island restaurant, “details on the techniques he’s pioneered on this small island in the Pacific Northwest,” and photos by Charity Burggraaf.
  • The University of Washington has a new dining hall designed by respected Graham Baba Architects. Called Center Table, the hall is open to students as well as the public and has six restaurants inside.


5239 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206)588-1577

Standard Bakery

11752 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (415) 385-1379 Visit Website

Bang Bang Cafe

2460 Western Avenue, , WA 98121 (206) 448-2233 Visit Website