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This Week in Seattle Food News: A New Reuben's Brews, A Speakeasy, and the Return of Bush Garden

October 27, 2023 Edition
October 27, 2023
Have some comfort food alongside a pint at the new Reuben's Brews in Fremont. (Reuben's Brews)
This week, we're digging into a new speakeasy, the arrival of Reuben's Brews in Fremont, and the incoming return of the legendary karaoke joint Bush Garden. Get the full scoop below. For more ideas, check out our guide to where to eat and drink for Halloween, our Seattle Restaurant Week picks, and our food and drink guide.


(unlisted) List
Shhh: This sneaky new speakeasy debuted last week in the space of Queen Anne's swanky club The Ruins List , which was once renowned for its exclusivity and now operates as an event venue. Enjoy snacks and drinks from the catering company Herban Feast amidst glitzy old-money-esque digs.
Queen Anne

Reuben's Brews List
The Ballard craft beer favorite launched a new location inside the former space of the beloved cafe and wine bar Vif List in Fremont on October 21. In addition to its trademark brews, the spot also offers hard seltzer, cider, and hearty fare like soft pretzels, fries, and fried chicken sandwiches. You can customize any main dish by ordering it in one of three "styles," akin to In-N-Out's "animal style": "kimcheese," "Ballard style" (scallion cream cheese, Fresno pepper, kraut, and caramelized onions), or "ranch style" (pickled red onion, bacon bits, and house ranch).
Pickup, dine-in

Xóm List
This Vietnamese restaurant from Ông Lắm Bistro List owner Cuong Nguyen recently opened in the former space of Marmite List in Chophouse Row. The spot is named for a type of establishment in Vietnam that serves drinking food; accordingly, the menu features dishes like bò né (sizzling steak and eggs) and pho alongside beverages like lychee martinis and mango sorbet Prosecco floats.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Thai of Wedgwood List
The longtime Wedgwood fixture will close its doors on October 29 due to their landlord terminating the lease. The business previously closed its Capitol Hill location List last year.


Lazy Cow Bakery facing demolition
Real Change reports the Fremont vegan bakery Lazy Cow List , which works with the mutual aid group Casa del Xoloitzcuintle, is facing an uncertain future after their landlord filed permits to demolish the building and build a seven-story residential and commercial development. The news is especially devastating given the fact that the collective painstakingly renovated the space and provides meals for community members in need. Lazy Cow is fighting back by organizing a political campaign to demand monetary compensation to go toward remodeling costs, moving costs, its startup loan, and a down payment on a new space. Founder Lara de la Rosa also told Real Change they've also spoken to a space in Wallingford that was open to allowing the organization to do a lease-to-buy to ensure they won't have to move in the future.

Bush Garden is coming back

Now for some much-needed good news: Bush Garden List , Chinatown's iconic karaoke destination, is set to reopen inside the affordable housing development Uncle Bob's Place (named for pillar of the community and Bush Garden regular “Uncle” Bob Santos) in spring 2024. The institution's former building closed in 2020 to make way for a 17-story apartment building, which is a bummer, but Bush Garden is a very special place and I'm happy that its spirit will live on.



Good Morning Tacos Pop-Up Past Event List
Good Morning Tacos is dressing up for Halloween, too—the pop-up will disguise itself as a certain fourth-meal-touting fast-food chain for the holiday. Enjoy craveable munchies like brunchwraps, chilaquiles, cheesy party tots, breakfast quesadillas, and, of course, Mountain Dew Baja Blast.
Chuck's Hop Shop, 10 am-3 pm

Fresh Air: Full Moon Party Past Event List
Celebrate Saturday’s full moon at Peace Peloton's third annual Fresh Air-Full Moon Party, where the Black-owned business-centric nonprofit will light up the night with fun activities for all. Costumes are strongly encouraged for this bash, which will include live music, a beer garden, and a variety of food trucks. A kids’ bike rodeo kicks off at 1 pm, followed by the Pumpkin Pace 5K at 2 pm. Decode clues and discover hidden treasures during a scavenger hunt before getting ready for the “Light Up the Night” bike ride at 8 pm, where everyone decorates their bikes with mesmerizing lights and goes on a colorful journey together. SHANNON LUBETICH
Stan Sayres Park, 12-10 pm


Halloween Costume Brunch Past Event List
Break out your snazziest costume for this Halloween-themed brunch with plenty of spine-chilling specials and devilish drinks, accompanied by DJ tunes. Procrastinators, rejoice: Reservations are not accepted, so seating is first come, first served. Check out Laina's Haunted Carnival afterwards.
The Stonehouse Cafe, 11 am-3 pm


Black Lagoon Halloween Bar Pop-Up Past Event List
Break out your best goth finery: The swanky cocktail lounge Rob Roy is hosting Black Lagoon, a ghostly Halloween-themed experience proclaimed "Canada's Best Pop-Up Bar" by Canada's 100 Best in 2022. The experience, dreamed up by bartenders Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage in New Orleans in 2019, features dungeon-esque decor and deliciously morbid libations like the "Hellfire Fizz" (Lot 40 Dark Oak Rye Whiskey with carrot, turmeric, fresh lemon, Lustau Amontillado, Greek yogurt, Bitter Queens Caribbean spice bitters, absinthe, and seltzer), the "Book of Blood" (a take on the classic margarita with Montelobos Mezcal, Piment d'Espelette (Chile Liqueur), fresh beet, fresh lime juice, miso falernum, and absinthe), and the "Death Rattle" (Lustau Brandy, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, pineapple and lime juice, spiced oat orgeat, saline, and Bitter Queens Caribbean spice bitters).
Rob Roy, 4 pm

Seattle Restaurant Week 2023 Past Event List
Seattle Restaurant Week is actually two weeks, but we're not complaining—it's double the "chance to celebrate and support our culinary community" through menus curated especially for the occasion. With a variety of unique prix fixe and combo meals at various price points, it's a great time to branch out and try something new. Nearly 200 restaurants are participating this year—read our picks here.
Various locations

Nightmare on Wall Street at Navy Strength Past Event List
After recently coming to the realization that I've missed out on a big chunk of the essential horror film canon, I've been making up for lost time by watching classic slashers nearly every day—'tis the season, right? (I'm currently working my way through the High School Horror series curated by the Criterion Channel, which includes cult favorites like Ginger Snaps, Battle Royale, and Suspiria, and highly recommend it.) If you'd like to join me, I suggest adding an extra dimension to your viewings by partaking in some cinematic cocktails from Navy Strength. As they do each year, the award-winning Belltown tiki bar has temporarily transformed into a “fully immersive haunting experience" called Nightmare on Wall Street, with libations inspired by staples of the genre—for example, the Carrie-inspired "Telekinetic Energy" (aged rum, cherry, Bénédictine, pineapple, dry curaçao, citrus, and FIRE) and the intriguing Hereditary homage "Family Secrets" (bourbon, spiced cranberry, molé, orange peel, and citrus). Devilish decor, ghoulish glassware, and frightening film soundtracks contribute to the spine-chilling milieu.
Navy Strength, 4 pm-12 am


Ben's Bread Co.
The Phinney Ridge bakery is embracing Halloween with adorable pumpkin spice spider doughnuts, monster hand pies, ghost cookies, and other holiday delights.
Phinney Ridge

Li'l Woody's
This week, the local burger joint is offering the Ensaymada Burger, a special made in collaboration with The Chicken Supply owner Paolo Campbell in honor of Filipino History Month. The burger features a grass-fed beef patty, caramelized onions, pickled fresno chilies, sweet onion, and lemon soy aioli on a toasted ensaymada bun from Despi Delite Bakery.
Ballard, Capitol Hill, White Center
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

During Seattle Restaurant Week, this izakaya-inspired restaurant in Wallingford is offering the ultimate cold-weather comfort food—khao soi fried chicken ramen
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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