Associated Vintners Tasting Room and Wine Bar
The local wine empire Precept Wines, which calls itself "one of the fastest-growing wine companies in the United States" and is the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest, opened a new pop-up tasting room in the 400 Fairview building last week. This wine bar will function as a pop-up by changing up its concept each season, selling canned wines through the end of September and later switching to themes like local and sparkling wines. The company hopes the bar will allow them to test-drive new trends and gauge interest.
South Lake Union
Belltown's new CBD bar, which restaurateur Marcus Charles (of Crocodile Cafe and Local 360) recently opened inside the former space of Mama’s Mexican Kitchen, seems destined for buzz: It specializes in artisanal sparkling water laced with CBD that customers can mix with booze like Aperol and Mezcal (as The Stranger's Lester Black puts it, it's "like every major 2019 craze rolled into one"). However, the legality of this enterprise is still dubious, due to gray areas around CBD regulations. The shop sells mocktails like the "Garden Spritz" (CBD lime soda with cucumber, rosemary, and mint) and the "Jitterbug" (CBD cola, espresso, cinnamon, clove, honey), plus CBD-infused cocktails like the "The Islander" and the "Summer Spritz." Other establishments have also recently gotten in on the CBD trend: Rachel's Ginger Beer sells CBD-infused sodas and slushies, while downtown's Cafe Hitchcock briefly sold CBD "wellness lattes" before getting sent a cease-and-desist letter from the health department.
Chef David Nichols, who has previously worked as the executive chef at Queen Anne Beer Hall and Rider, opened Eight Row, his debut solo venture, in the former location of Lucia in Green Lake on August 20. The restaurant, named in tribute to Nichols's family's cherry orchard in Wenatchee, serves "Pan American" cuisine with a menu centered around the tree fruit seasons and food cultures of Central Washington. The restaurant incorporates elements from Nichols' family's farm, like the antique pruners repurposed as bar taps, and is lined with jars containing various pickles and ferments. A weekend brunch service will be available from 10-2 pm Saturday and Sunday, with dishes like porchetta with hominy, fried egg, and salsa verde; crispy sweetbreads, waffles, and spiced honey; and a Dungeness crab and avocado salad with béarnaise. There's also "a thoughtful bar program" with extensive wine and cocktail lists.
Ivar's Seafood Bar
According to a press release, the Seattle seafood favorite opened its latest location in Kirkland on August 19. Carl Taylor, director of operations for Ivar’s Seafood Bars, said the chain wanted to bring another location to the Eastside after seeing the success of their Issaquah Seafood Bar, which opened last year. The new restaurant sports the eclectic nautical decor we've come to expect of Ivar's, but adds some new sustainable features like composting, LED lighting, and efficient HVAC technology. As for the menu, it's the same classic lineup of fish and chips, chowder, and other seafood entrees, along with a few new dishes, like a grilled wild Alaskan salmon BLT and grilled Pacific true cod tacos.
Son of a Butcher
This cheekily named Korean barbecue joint recently opened in the former space of Dad's Diner in Eastlake to a mostly positive reception on Yelp. Diners can grill meats like brisket, beef tongue, and pork jowl and vegetables right at their tables, along with accompaniments like pickles, kimchi, and dipping sauces.
Feed Co. Burgers
Owners Heather and Scott Staples, who once owned Quinn’s, Sole Repair, and Restaurant Zoe and still own Uneeda Burger in Fremont, are selling their respected burger establishment in the Central District. The spot will re-open as Fusion Bites and Bar, a bar centered around cocktails, oysters, and bar snacks. A closing date for the restaurant has not yet been set, but expect things to move quickly.
The beloved downtown diner, which is known for its blend of American breakfast favorites and Filipino classics (and brilliant purple ube pancakes) and has been around in multiple locations since the 1930s, has shut its doors. A fire forced the restaurant to close last week, sooner than its expected closing date of August 31, but the restaurant re-opened with a limited menu of food and full bar so that patrons could say goodbye and is officially closed as of today, August 23. Owner Gregorio F. Rosas posted on Facebook that they are now closed until they can find a new location and asked fans to follow social media for updates, and the restaurant's page wrote a message thanking its customers for their support and saying they hope to see them again soon. We'll post updates if a new venue for the family-owned business is found.
The popular punk pizzeria and Portland import Sizzle Pie will shutter its Capitol Hill outpost (the chain's only Washington location), as well as its bar Dark Bar, on August 31. Rising "overhead and operating costs" proved too expensive for the business to continue operating in Seattle, according to a statement by the restaurant. The chain's six other locations in Oregon and Nevada will remain open.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Rubinstein Bagels coming to South Lake Union
Is Seattle's dire bagel drought over at last? After last fall's opening of Westman's Bagel and Coffee and recently launched pop-ups like Loxsmith Bagels and Beep Boop Bagels, bagel maker Andrew Rubinstein is the latest to throw his hat into the circular-dough ring. Rubinstein has been making bagels for Ethan Stowell's downtown cafe Cortina Cafe, which opened in June, and announced he plans to soon sign a lease on his own space near the Amazon Spheres in South Lake Union, though the exact location hasn't been released yet. Rubinstein will carry plain, sea salt, everything, poppy seed, sesame seed, and minced garlic bagels, as well as some more out-there varieties like gochujang and mango curry chutney. The shop is set to open by April, with an Eastside location to follow by late 2020 or early 2021.
Off the Rez food truck opening permanent cafe inside Burke Museum
Veteran Seattle food truck Off the Rez, which specializes in Native-inspired dishes and is known for its famous fry bread and Indian Tacos, is set to open a brick-and-mortar cafe inside the new Burke Museum on October 12, the museum's grand opening date. According to Seattle Met, co-owner Mark McConnell believes it to be the first native-owned brick-and-mortar restaurant in Seattle. Guests can look forward to the truck's classic menu items, plus coffee, breakfast, and dishes inspired by "indigenous and precolonial food."
Biscuit Bitch opening in White Center soon
The sassy Southern brunch chain Biscuit Bitch, which was voted a reader favorite for breakfast and brunch in The Stranger's 2019 food and drink guide and is Lizzo-approved, is set to open its highly anticipated new White Center location on September 5. The location will be the chain's fourth and its biggest yet.
Bai Tong pleads guilty to tax fraud
Seattle's popular Thai chain Bai Tong, which has locations in Capitol Hill, Tukwila, Issaquah, and Redmond, pled guilty for charges of tax fraud last Wednesday. Owners Chadillada Lapangkura and Pornchai Chaiseeha were reportedly using a type of software that cleared cash sales from their Tukwila and Redmond locations over a period of seven years, resulting in a tax loss of $299,806. All locations of the chain will remain open under the same ownership.
FRIDAY, AUG. 23
The All Tomato Dinner, An 8 Course Tasting Menu Experience
Consume all kinds of tomatoes in a myriad of different preparations at this eight-course dinner.
Li'l Woody's Dessert Month
Seattle is host to a wealth of bakers and ice cream makers. For the month of August, local burger joint Li'l Woody's is teaming up with some of the city's favorite up-and-coming sweets suppliers, like Natalie Popkave of Bee and the Baker, Christina Wood of the sourdough pastry pop-up Temple Pastries, Kait Winowitch of Cake Life Everyday, and Kevin Moulder of Tres Lecheria (a tres leches spinoff of Cubes Baking Co.). Each week, a new special will arrive on Thursday and be available through the weekend, or until they sell out. On the schedule this week: Tres Lecheria's mole-flavored tres leches cake slice with spiced chocolate cake, peanut butter, and sesame.
West Seattle Beer & Music Festival
Cool off with microbrews from over 20 local and national breweries while grooving to a mix of funk and soul from acts like Fly Moon Royalty, Marmalade, Crystal & Quiet, Mega Run, and others.
Washington State Garlic Fest
Revel in a classic umami flavor, ward off vampires, and scoop up new recipes and facts to store in your brain at the Washington Garlic Fest, whose myriad offerings range from garlic fries to garlic ice cream.
SATURDAY, AUG. 24
5th Annual Blackout Fest
This popular festival featuring a lineup of eight dark beers on tap returns for its fifth year.
ANJU 1 Year Anniversary Party
White Center watering hole Anju, which specializes in Korean drinking food, will cap off its first year with Korean barbecue lunch plates loaded with kalbi, bulgogi beef, spicy pork bulgogi, rice, mac salad, and kimchi. Hawaiian bakery Patrick's Cafe will provide shaved ice, while macaron purveyor Macadons will provide their confections in unique flavors like durian and cookies and cream.
The Barque Brontes Bakery & Cafe Launch in Pike Place Market
Scarf free macaron and coffee samples at the launch of Pike Place Market's new Barque Brontes Bakery Cafe.
Belltown Crush 2019
Plymouth Housing, whose mission is to provide safe, affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness, puts on this annual block party-style fundraiser with tons of beer and wine, a grape-stomping competition, live music, and food from local eateries.
Happiest Happy Hour EVER (because dogs!)
What could be more joy-inducing than an after-work pick-me-up surrounded by pups? Bring Fido to Conor Byrne and down some pints.
Jam + Cheese With Gilbert's Cheese Experience & Atrium Kitchen at Pike Place Market
At this interactive tasting class with Beecher's Handmade Cheese's head cheesemonger Brian Gilbert and "culinary storyteller" Holly Regan, sample some fruity jams made with heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, and figs concocted by Atrium Kitchen executive chef/owner Traci Calderon alongside a curation of artisan cheeses and snacks, and sip a refreshing agua fresca in between bites.
National Waffle Day at Lowercase Brewing
Lowercase Brewing in Georgetown has a nifty use for their spent grain: they repurpose it into waffles. Just for Waffle Day, they'll throw a special Saturday brunch with waffles, blackberry compote, barrel-aged maple syrup made with their ESB (extra-special bitter beer), spicy bacon, and their signature Side Hustle doughnuts, also made with spent grain. Plus, throw back some witbier orange and grapefruit mimosas and cold brew coffee.
National Waffle Day at Super Six
Marination's Columbia City sibling is observing National Waffle Day by serving its signature fried chicken and bubble waffles, made with haupia (coconut pudding) syrup, hot honey, sriracha, and basil, all day long.
Saturdays with Kuma: A Summer Coffee Pop-Up
Start your Saturday off right with a featured coffee from Kuma Coffee Roastery and a featured weekly pastry from a local bakery.
Seattle Cider Co 6th Anniversary Beach Party!
Party on the beach with a lineup of cider on tap, plus cider slushies, cider shave ice, live music, tunes from DJ ABV, gastropub grub from Bread & Circuses, rare and limited-edition releases, and games and prizes.
Urban Bake Sale Pop-Up
Partake in pie, doughnuts, cookies, and other freshly baked goods at this curbside pop-up.
SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Author Sapana Chandra Cooks At The West Seattle Farmer’s Market
Health coach, Instagram influencer, and Real + Vibrant founder Sapana Chandra will demonstrate how to make a vegan bowl heaped with fresh produce from her new cookbook, which will be available for purchase.
Final All You Can Eat Pancake Brunch
It's the last chance to stuff yourself with as many vegan flapjacks as you can handle from food truck Cycle Dogs, with signature pancakes as well as chocolate chips and Reese's versions, coconut whipped cream topping, and plant-based sausages. Wash it all down with bottomless coffee, beer-mosas, and cold brew.
Sour Beer Sunday!
Wet your whistle with pucker-inducing picks from breweries like Matchless, Ecliptic, Alesong, Urban Family and Stillwater Artisanal.
MONDAY, AUG. 26
National Dog Day Party at The Growler Guys!
Your pups can enjoy plenty of treats and even a food truck at this party while you snack on Seattle dogs and vegan bratwurst and sip "dog-themed human beer." The dogs of the police K-9 unit will also be in attendance.
TUESDAY, AUG. 27
Author Talk: Dappled with Nicole Rucker
You may have spied Los Angeles-based pastry chef Nicole Rucker's glorious pastries and baked goods—previously from her popular spots Gjelina Take Away and Gjusta, and later from her pie company Rucker's Pie and her restaurant Fiona—in your Instagram feed. Now, she's released her debut cookbook, a paean to baking fruity desserts like peach and ricotta biscuit cobbler and huckleberry blondies with peak-season produce. Catch her at Book Larder, where you can try a recipe from Dappled and pick up a signed copy.