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Boutique Woodinville Winery Will Make a Move on Georgetown This Fall
Woodinville winemakers Tinte Cellars are set to open a tasting room and event space in Georgetown before 2020 is over. It’ll take over a former scooter shop at 5951 Airport Way South — a large scooter perched on the rooftop will be repainted and put back in place as a nod to the predecessor. Owners Teresa Spellman Gamble and Tim Gamble are also planning to keep the building’s historic storefront character intact, while creating a “refined elegance meets rustic” ambiance. Beyond the tasting room function for Tinte’s varietals, the space will be able to host events of up to 100, with a catering kitchen on-site. Meanwhile, Tinte’s existing tasting rooms and production facilities in Woodinville will stay in operation just as before.
A Dedicated Cider Store Arrives in Phinney Ridge This Week
Speaking of tasting rooms, Wenatchee orchard Yonder Cider is setting up shop in Phinney Ridge, with a “to-go bar” (read: retail store) opening this Saturday (August 22). It’s a tasting room, so you can drop by and taste hard ciders made with an array of Washington-grown apples, and grab some four-packs or growlers to go. Some proceeds will also go to the Phinney Neighborhood Association.
Columbia City Welcomes a Hunky New Outdoor Dining Option
Half a block of S Ferdinand Street in Columbia City is now a communal patio, put together with help from the Seattle Department of Transportation. According to the South Seattle Emerald, it aims to benefit local restaurants, cafes, and bars who may be unwilling or unable to allow customers inside due to the risks of COVID-19, but may play host to pop-ups and food trucks. It joins an increasing number of other European-style pedestrianized streets and plus-sized patios across the metro area — it’s open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and visitors are asked to follow the usual social distancing rules (no groups of larger than five, and please wear masks when not seated).
A Rough Fall Semester Could Be in Store For U-District Restaurants
If 2020 wasn’t rough enough, spare a thought for restaurant owners in Seattle’s University District. KING 5 News reports that business is down by as much as 70 to 90 percent (year-over-year), and with the University of Washington sticking almost entirely to online classes for the fall semester (and possibly longer), business is likely to remain far slower than other parts of the city. There’s no obvious solution to make up for the near-total absence of the University’s 50,000-plus students and staff, and establishments like Portage Bay Cafe say they fear for their future if the campus and neighborhood stay quiet for much longer.
- The Patio Brings Socially-Distanced Outdoor Dining to Columbia City [South Seattle Emerald]
- Remote learning at UW could spell trouble for U District businesses [KING 5]