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Seattleites Can Now Get Tajarin from Spinasse for Takeout
As Washington continues its phased reopening of the economy, some dormant restaurants are starting to ramp back up, even if it’s still in a limited way. The latest is Spinasse, one of the most acclaimed Italian destinations in the city, which recently unveiled a limited menu for takeout after being shuttered since mid-March due to the state’s stay-at-home order. Items include the much-coveted tajarin (a thin, ribbon-like egg pasta), available either uncooked or prepared with a pork and beef ragu. Sibling apertivo bar Artusi is now open for takeout as well. This should take at least some of the sting out of saying a sad farewell to Pioneer Square’s excellent Il Corvo, which announced this week it would not reopen when dine-in services resume.
New Kushikatsu Spot Taku Will Close Again to Regroup
While Spinasse reopens, one fellow Capitol Hill restaurant is hitting the pause button. Star chef Shota Nakajima announced on Facebook that his new kushikatsu place Taku — which debuted right before Washington’s stay-at-home order was implemented — would need to close temporarily May 10. “We are planning on reopening the first week of June in accordance with Governor Inslee’s timeline for easing distancing measures,” he wrote. “In the meantime, come stock up on all of your essentials before we close for the break. We’ll be here 11-6 for the next couple of days.” Nakajima’s more upscale restaurant Adana is still shuttered for now, although it is offering a Mother’s Day meal for takeout Sunday.
Three Seattle Bars Earn Nominations for Prestigious Cocktail Award
Though restaurant and bar season is understandably more muted this year — it still feels refreshing that local spots are earning some kudos. Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announced its nominees for this year’s Spirited Awards (one of the bar industry’s highest honors), and several Seattle bars earned spots. Belltown bar Rob Roy was nominated in the Best American Cocktail Bar category, its sibling Navy Strength was nominated for Best American Bar Team, and Capitol Hill’s Rumba was nominated for World’s Best Spirits Selection (Rob Roy and Navy Strength co-owner Anu Elford also got a nod forBest American Bar Mentor). The winners for the 14th annual awards will be announced in a primarily digital format July 21.