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- Capitol Hill will soon host a permanent home for Middle East-inspired pop-up, Yalla, which is taking over the walk-up window vacated by Tortas Condesa. Owner Taylor Cheney will start peddling her flatbreads cradling ingredients like labneh, Egyptian-style lamb, and za’atar come mid-March.
- Vegan and vinyl will join forces at a new Capitol Hill bar called Life on Mars, scheduled to open at Pike and Harvard in May. The bar will have a wall of vinyl records, turntables, and records for purchase, plus a menu of cocktails, beer, and vegan bites.
- Tony and Carolyn Scott, who own Woodblock in Redmond, are adding a pizza restaurant this spring. Spark Pizza will open in a converted residential house with wood-fired pies, salads, appetizers, dessert, and rotating pasta specials. There will also be a deck for nice weather enjoyment.
- Spice Waala, an Indian street food stand, will put down permanent roots on Capitol Hill in the former home of Kanak Cuisine of India on 15th Ave. The venture specializes in kathi rolls—roti filled with chicken, lamb, potato, and cheese, and topped with green chutney. The brick and mortar menu will add new items like pakoras, samosas, and Indian beer. The goal is to open sometime in April.