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Following New York Store’s Success, Staff at Three Seattle-area Starbucks Locations Plan To Unionize

Plus, Drew Marquis of Bootleg Barbecue returns to Seattle, and a local chef wins “Chopped: Casino Royale” 

A group of Starbucks workers stand with signs behind a podium.
Kyandra Espindola, a barista at one of Seattle’s Starbucks locations planning to unionize, speaks as employees Casey Moore and Gianna Reeve of Buffalo, New York, show their support at an evening rally at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle, Washington, January 25, 2022.
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Workers at an Everett Starbucks filed for unionization Monday, January 31, according to reporting by the Daily Herald. Seventy percent of staff signed cards in support of unionization, which is above the 30 percent threshold required by the National Labor Relations Board to hold a unionization vote.

Workers at 54 Starbucks locations in 19 states are seeking unionization, according to NPR. Last week, employees at two Seattle Starbucks locations, one on Westlake Avenue and the other on Fifth Avenue and Pike Street, announced unionization plans. A Starbucks store in Buffalo, New York became the company’s first unionized location in December after a highly publicized months-long battle, sparking a wave of unionization efforts at locations across the country.

Sliced brisket, Texas toast, pork belly, and sausage on an aluminum tray.
Drew Marquis will serve Texas-style barbecue at Holy Mountain Brewing the last weekend of February.
Drew Marquis

Grasslands Barbecue Returns to Seattle the Last Weekend of February

Seattle barbecue fans have missed Drew Marquis since he left at the beginning of 2021 to start Grasslands Barbecue, a popular food truck in Hood River, Oregon. Marquis used to run Bootleg Barbecue, a pop-up serving Texas-style brisket, sausages, and other smoked meats, which built a huge following in Seattle in 2020.

Marquis returns to Seattle for the first time in over a year to serve barbecue at Holy Mountain Brewing in West Queen Anne on February 25, 26, and 27 from noon until he’s sold out. Marquis will also debut a beer collaboration between Holy Mountain Brewing and Grasslands Barbecue the first day of the pop-up. Find more details on Grasslands Barbecue’s Instagram.

Seattle Chef Kaleena Bliss wins the “Chopped: Casino Royale” tournament

Kaleena Bliss, the executive chef of Conversation, a restaurant in Pike Place hotel Thompson Seattle, won the finale of the Chopped: Casino Royale tournament last night, receiving a $40,000 prize. Bliss has worked in various Seattle and Portland restaurants for 16 years. The tournament, which premiered in January, was a spin on the classic Chopped format that gave contestants the option to roll dice to replace basket items.