Heads up to Fremont fish lovers. A seafood restaurant called Local Tide will open in the new mixed use Cedar Speedster building (down the street from the Lenin statue) later this year, bringing Dungeness crab rolls, rockfish rice bowls, and seafood cake banh mis, along with other offerings. Owner Victor Steinbrueck — who started the venture as a pop-up in Pike Place Market two years ago — says he hopes to stand out from the crowded Seattle seafood pack through intense quality control and attention to detail. “Rather than buying pre-cracked crab from the can for our crab rolls, we cook and crack live crabs ourselves,” he says. “Though labor intensive, this produces a far superior product, in our eyes.”
Steinbrueck promises that such an ethos applies to the whole seafood-heavy menu, which focuses on small bites, sandwiches, and salads. There will also be beer, wine, and other beverages available.
Though still in the planning stages, the Local Tide space will be intimate, with seating for around 30. It shares a window with Aslan Brewing’s new taproom (due to open in the same building this September), so those knocking back brews can order food.
Meanwhile, the Cedar Speedster building could turn into a dining and drinks destination on its own. In addition to Aslan and Local Tide, the much-celebrated Korean street food spot Revel and its adjacent bar, Quoin, will move into the space from its temporary South Lake Union location.