A good news/bad news situation here: The bad news is that Off Alley, the uber-hyped punk-rock Columbia City dining destination, is going to be closed from April 2 to April 10 as the owners and team take a much-deserved spring break in Paris. The good news? That narrow former alleyway space will be put to good use by chef Zach Lucido and other former members of the London Plane staff, who are hosting a dinner pop-up called Street Catz from April 5 to April 9. Get it? Alley? Cats?
Lucido tells Eater Seattle that he hopes to “keep the spirit and joy of [London Plane] alive” with a menu that combines some of the items that he was working on at his old place with the Off Alley style. “We are doing a few vegetable forward dishes such as our grilled peas & peanut confit, or the vadouvan and almond roasted cauliflower,” he says. “Also, we are planning some oddities like skewered chicken hearts with pink peppercorn chimichurri, or the foie and octopus pot pie that will be exclusive to the tasting menu.”
His team will include some faces familiar to London Plane regulars, including his acting sous chef McKenna North (now with Eden Hill), who will be bringing along her waffle iron to do chicken and waffles. He’ll also be serving masa from pop-up Pancita and biscuits from Boot Scootin Bread (owned by London Plane alum Ellary Collins).
We’re not sure if this counts as good news or bad news, but Street Catz will be continuing the Off Alley reservation policy, which is that it only takes reservations for the first hour of service (you can message Lucido directly on Instagram for reservations). After that, it’s all walk-ins, which means you can expect a line. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Off Alley is located at 4903 Rainier Avenue South, in Columbia City. It is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.