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- Melissa Miranda’s Kickstarter campaign to take her Filipino dining experience Musang from pop up to brick and mortar has exceeded its $75,000 goal. When the campaign ended, Miranda grossed $91,626 from 669 backers. The restaurant is in the works on Beacon Hill.
- While other chefs are in expansion mode, James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines recently made the decision to downsize. Hines sold her Italian restaurant Agrodolce, and now operates only Wallingford’s excellent Tilth. The Seattle Times takes a deep dive into her radical rationale.
- Taiwanese street food spot Monga Cafe in Bellevue looks to be ramping up for a reopening, hiring staff and applying for a liquor license. The cafe has been closed for a few months, undergoing construction.
- A new Sunset Hill cocktail bar is in the works. Baker’s, named after prohibition-era author and cocktail aficionado Charles H. Baker, will open in the former home of Walter’s. In addition to libations, Matt Janke of Matt’s in the Market is working on a food menu with owner Brian Smith. The bar should be open in late April or early May.