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Salt and Straw Plans New Kirkland Location
Portland-based Salt and Straw, renowned for its inventive ice cream flavor combinations, will open its third Seattle area location this June in Kirkland, specifically the Village at Totem Lake. When it arrives, the shop will join the outposts in Ballard and Capitol Hill, which continually draw crowds for seasonal scoop offerings featuring locally sourced ingredients and collaborations with other Seattle businesses, such as Ellenos Real Greak Yogurt, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and Rachel’s Ginger Beer. Meanwhile, the Village at Totem Lake recently welcomed another Portland import to the scene: popular fast-casual chain, Joe’s Burgers.
Anchorhead Coffee Is Coming to Pike Place Soon
One of Seattle’s best coffee shops is in expansion mode. Anchorhead Coffee — a Duvall, WA-based mini chain known for its cold brews and waffle-croissant-cinnamon roll hybrids (quaffles) — is opening up a new location before April at Pike Place, sharing a space with Locust Cider at 2003 Western Avenue. Items on the menu will include pistachio milk matcha and Dreamsicle (cold brew coffee flavored like a creamsicle), along with the aforementioned quaffles and a small selection of grab and go options. There will also be a robotic pour over station, for coffee fans who love gadgets making their drinks. This will be the cafe’s fourth location in the Seattle area, joining a Downtown café, as well as two locations on the Eastside.
Italian Mainstay Serafina Reopens with New Look
After being closed since January 14 for renovations, Serafina in Eastlake — one of Seattle’s most classic restaurants — has just reopened, debuting its new look. The main overhaul focused on new lighting, seating, utilities, and the overall look, which has some more modern touches now (the dining room had not had a big renovation since it opened nearly 30 years ago). The menu remains the same, with its handmade pasta and Italian-influenced small plates. There will be an extended happy hour on February 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (before dinner service) to celebrate the refresh, with discounts on prosciutto risotto fritto, veal and pork meatballs, beer, wine, cocktails, and other items.