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Columbia City’s Popular Coffeeholic House Plans Northern Expansion
Almost a full year after debuting in Columbia City, popular Vietnamese shop Coffeeholic House is already planning a second location in Greenwood, with an eye on opening sometime in fall 2021. The new spot at 8525 Greenwood Avenue N will be twice the size of the cafe’s current location, with reserved parking spots and outdoor seating. Co-owner Chen Dien tells Eater Seattle that, with the extra footage, he hopes to go beyond the current menu of caffeinated beverages and pastries, adding some brunch and breakfast dishes, and possibly extending into later hours as well. It’s a big move for the business, which had to overcome quite a few challenges in 2020 (construction issues delayed its opening early in the pandemic). Coffeeholic is also among several exciting new coffee shops in Seattle to feature Vietnamese roasts, along with Phin, Sip House, and Hello Em.
Rose Temple to Host Heavy Hitting Pop-up Collaboration
On Friday, March 12, Rose Temple Bar on Capitol Hill will welcome a dynamic pop-up duo. Chef Will Gordon — formerly of Westward and How to Cook a Wolf — will launch his Tio Baby’s effort, alongside well-regarded pop-up Expat Supper Club. Some of the items courtesy of Tio Baby’s include bacon cheeseburger dumplings with umami ketchup and hot mustard and waffle fries with soy-ginger glaze, while Expat will offer up Sichuan peppercorn wings and papaya salad. The two pop-ups will also join forces on a special hot dog with bahn mi-style pickles and a sambal-hon dashi cream cheese. This will be the official debut of Tio Baby’s, which is planning a series of pop-ups scheduled out through April and early May at Rose Temple, Good Day Donuts, and Bar Charlie. Friday’s pop-up is available for both dine-in and takeout, with walk-in orders accepted.
King County Approves Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers
On Tuesday, March 9, the King County council officially approved a $4 per hour pay boost for grocery store workers at larger chains in the region on an 8-1 vote. The ordinance that impacts all of unincorporated King County had been in the works for weeks, following a similar Seattle manate that received pushback from the grocery industry. Kroger-owned QFC announced it was going to shut down two locations in Wedgewood and Capitol Hill, and a lawsuit against the city of Seattle from two industry groups — the Northwest Grocery Association and the Washington Food Industry Association — is still pending. The legislation will take effect March 22.