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There Will Soon Be Dining Yurts in the Parking Lot at Canlis

Plus, The Crocodile is moving, and New Luck Toy in West Seattle shuts down for the next six months

Canlis restaurant at twilight, with the front entranceway lit up
Canlis has shifted to various different offerings over the past eight months, including virtual cooking classes and an outdoor crab boil.
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There Will Soon Be Dining Yurts in the Parking Lot at Canlis

Fine dining destination Canlis will soon take reservations for outdoor seating in a yurt, from December 3 through February. The effort is part of a nationwide promotion through Resy and American Express (tables are available for only Amex cardholders), and dinner will be a tasting menu priced at $145 per person. The reservations open Wednesday, November 18, at 8 a.m. PT (though Platinum Card members have gotten the early jump). Similar single-table makeshift structures have popped up around town during the pandemic, including plastic domes, as restaurants attempt to expand their outdoor service. Washington recently released more specific guidance for those wondering if such covered spaces are really any safer than indoor dining, which is now banned in Washington through at least December 14. In short, the structures are allowed, but each yurt, pod, or dome must be properly ventilated and sanitized thoroughly between each seating.

The Crocodile, Belltown’s Iconic Club, Is Moving a Few Blocks Away

In seismic news for music fans, the owners of famed lounge The Crocodile in Belltown revealed plans to move the venue from its current location, which it’s occupied for more than 30 years, hosting bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Mudhoney. It will soon set up shop at the old El Gaucho location on First Avenue, according to the Seattle Times, with aspirations to create a full-on entertainment complex, hoping that live music will be able to return in some form by next fall. While concerts were obviously the main draw at The Crocodile, it also had some pretty stellar wood-fired pizzas. Though the ovens from the former spot won’t be making the trip over, there will be a street-level bar with drinks, pizza and snacks. And the new owners will also be transforming the space that formerly housed Big Picture into a comedy club.

New Luck Toy in West Seattle Shuts Down for Six Months

In an announcement on social media over the weekend, West Seattle’s popular New Luck Toy announced that it would be closing for the next six months “out of an abundance of caution” for employees and guests. The bar/restaurant/karaoke spot is co-owned by Mark Fuller of nearby fried chicken purveyor Ma’Ono, which continues its takeout-only service, and follows a pattern of various establishments around the city hibernating for the winter in the hopes that conditions for dining will be more favorable in the fall. Given the current ban on indoor seating through the next four weeks, it’s likely that other restaurants around the Seattle area may make similar decisions, provided they can weather the costs of keeping locations dormant for that long.

Canlis

2576 Aurora Avenue North, , WA 98109 (206) 283-3313 Visit Website

New Luck Toy

5905 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136 (206) 971-0698 Visit Website

The Crocodile

2200 2nd Avenue, , WA 98121 (206) 441-4618 Visit Website

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