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Zippy’s and “Magic: The Gathering” Team Up
Here’s something for all the fantasy card-players out there. The mega popular “Magic: The Gathering” game (which was born in Seattle) has joined forces with well-known local burger chain Zippy’s on a geeky and somewhat twisted version of a Happy Meal. The so-called “Nightmare Meal” will help shill Magic’s latest card set Theros Beyond Death, set in a Grecian-style underworld “where nightmares become reality,” according to the press release. It will include “Ashiok’s Feast” (a 1/3 pound beef burger topped with hummus, cucumbers, feta, and roasted red peppers), “Theros Tots” (served with a tzatziki ranch dipping sauce), “The Blood of Elspeth Tirel” (black cherry soda), and a booster card pack prize. It will be available from January 20 through February 2, or until supplies last ($15 each, available via Door Dash as well).
Former “Top Chef” Contestant Now Leading a Major Restaurant Group
One local chef is climbing up the ladder. Carrie Mashaney — acclaimed executive chef at Mamnoon and former star of “Top Chef” Season 11 — just got a major promotion as the culinary director of the Mama restaurant group. That means she’ll oversee Mamnoon, Mamnoon Street, Anar, and MBar, all of which have built a strong following in the city (Mamnoon is one of Eater Seattle’s top Middle Eastern restaurants). Although details are still unclear on what — if anything — will change at the various Mama properties with the leadership change, a statement from the group did mention that Mashaney would work on building a catering program and refining the summer patio dining offerings at Mbar.
Car Crash Dings Nearby Ice Cream Shop Salt & Straw
Scary incident on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday morning, a car crashed into the brick building that houses popular ice cream purveyor Salt & Straw and right next door to chef Shota Nakajima’s upcoming kushikatsu restaurant, Taku. Luckily, from all accounts, it looks like no one was seriously injured (the driver was the only one in the vehicle and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition). A rep for Salt & Straw tells Eater Seattle the incident would not affect business, while a rep for Taku (scheduled to open within the next few weeks) says “there was exterior framing damage, but nothing that will delay the opening further.”