Welcome back to Eater News, a semi-regular round-up of mini news bites. Have info to share? Email intel to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piroshky Piroshky hopes to make vegans line up in droves
Seattle’s most popular piroshki chain has gotten a vegan-friendly update. Starting May 6, Piroshky Piroshky will offer four new vegan options on its menu of flaky Eastern European pastries, including the intriguing Veggie Chipotle, made with Field Roast’s Mexican spicy faux sausage. The other three have combinations of mushroom, cabbage, celery, potato, and onion fillings, and all will have bread that isn’t brushed with egg wash (unlike the bakery’s other piroshkis). Pro tip: If you’re in the city and want to avoid the usual long wait at the perpetually packed Pike Place Market Piroshky Piroshky, try the less touristy outposts on Fourth Avenue or the Columbia Tower food court at non-lunch hours.
Culinary nonprofit debuts restaurant’s new look
Farestart, a Seattle-based nonprofit which offers food service job training to people struggling with poverty, addiction, homelessness, or a criminal record, reopened its restaurant on Virginia Street near Amazon headquarters on May 1 after closing it down in April for a remodel. The space got a touch-up with new carpeting, furniture, lighting, and a mural from local artists Dozfy and Kate Reingold. There are also some interesting new additions to the lunch menu, including a jerk-spiced braised pork sandwich, with beer, wine, and cocktails available as well. In addition, Farestart will be ramping up its popular Guest Chef Nights right away: Adana’s Shota Nakajima and Little Fish’s Zoi Antonitsas are visiting next May 9.
Hot South Seattle brunch spot puts tiny tacos on bloody marys
Othello’s super popular Bang Bang Kitchen — on Eater’s Hottest Restaurants guide for May — recently added an exciting new brunch menu to its New Mexico-influenced cuisine offerings. The new items include sopapillas stuffed with eggs, potatoes, and chiles, brisket hash, cornbread pancakes, and bloody marys topped with small tacos, all served from 9am - 3pm, Friday through Sunday.