FREMONT — Hit Portland Southeast Asian pop-up Gado Gado is headed to Seattle this weekend. On Sunday (February 17), Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly will be at the Whale Wins on Stone Way N, doing an a la carte menu that includes Indonesian and Malaysian influences. Expect a Balinese herbal blood sausage, sate kambing (a char-grilled lamb skewer), beef rendang, and plenty of spicy sambal. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. with reservations recommended Gado-Gado is soon to lose its pop-up status as its owners prepare to open a permanent restaurant in Portland.
CAPITOL HILL — Multi-purpose complex Melrose Market, home to restaurants such as Terra Plata, Homegrown, Sitka & Spruce, and Marseille, has been sold. Per Capitol Hill Seattle, local developers Liz Dunn and Scott Shapiro are out — they bought the property almost a decade ago for $3 million to make it over and open it in 2011. This time around, it reportedly went for over $15 million to Regency Centers, a mall operator based in Florida. Regency owns Seattle’s Broadway Market and Bellevue’s Eastgate Plaza, among others in the area. No immediate changes to the complex are slated for now.
FREMONT — Beloved soba chef Mutsuko Soma of Kamonegi is preparing for her upcoming sake bar, Hannyatou, and has opted for the crowdfunding route to make things come together — an IndieGoGo campaign for the bar is hoping to raise $15,000 (with gift cards and sake flights among the thank-you rewards for donating). It doesn’t look like she and co-owner Russell King are depending solely on those funds though, as the page notes that the money is specifically for renovations, in particular for the patio. Hannyatou is slated to open in March.
FACTORIA — A rumor is swirling that Korean fried chicken chain Bonchon is planning a location for the Factoria area. The South Korean-based fast food franchise has been expanding somewhat substantially within the US lately, but the only confirmed Seattle-area location is one on First Hill. Got any knowledge of another Bonchon expansion? Tell Eater about it.