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Epic shakes, with a sprinkling of Dragonglass
In honor of the final season of Game of Thrones, premiering this Sunday at 9pm ET on HBO, Shake Shacks nationwide are rolling out a special limited-time menu, featuring burgers and shakes inspired by the hit series. While only certain cities will get the Dracarys Burger (which comes with a spicy sauce), one item that will be available at the Seattle Shake Shack starting today (through May 19) is the Dragonglass Shake. Promotional materials call it “packed with snow harvested beyond the Wall,” but for those who aren’t from Westeros, it’s a minty-white-chocolate-custard concoction with toffee chips that have been dipped in black food coloring and butter to create a shiny “Dragonglass” effect. (That material, as GoT fans know, is among the most valuable around.) Customers can also order in the original Valyrian, an ancient language referenced on the show. Finally, all that college pays off.
Hitting the virtual links in Kirkland
For those watching Tiger Woods in the Masters this weekend and thinking, “I could do that,” Topgolf is planning a swanky bar and lounge in Kirkland. The global entertainment company — which creates golfing simulators and party venues — usually sets up its virtual range-lounge hybrids at real-life golf courses or ranges. But this Topgolf Lounge will occupy the space at Kirkland Urban, the planned mixed-use space that will also house a Shake Shack. Topgolf’s president promised an “incredible bar” and a “massive outdoor patio space.”
Chef shuffle at a Market brewery
Tankard & Tun, the seafood and oyster bar at Pike Brewing Company in Pike Place Market, is getting a new chef. The bar’s current sous chef Rhys Nunnelee — who once worked at steak specialist The Butcher’s Table and spent time cooking in Alaska — will soon take over for outgoing chef Gabe Spiel. Nunnelee says he’s looking forward to making more refinements to a menu that features a rotating selection of local oysters, as well as pub standards such as fish and chips and burgers.