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This Week in Seattle Food News: Beast and Cleaver Opens a Spinoff, Bitterroot Says Goodbye, and Machiavelli Is Coming to Edmonds

September 8, 2023 Edition
September 8, 2023
Beast and Cleaver's new spinoff 49th Street Beast is now open inside Fair Isle Brewing. (Fair Isle Brewing)
Here's everything you need to know about the Seattle food scene this weekend, from the opening of Beast and Cleaver's new spot 49th Street Beast inside Fair Isle Brewing to a new permanent location for the masa-centric Mexican pop-up Pancita—not to mention where to find a gourmet scratch-made version of Cheez-Its. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


49th Street Beast List
The cult-favorite family-owned butcher shop and restaurant Beast and Cleaver List debuted this new spinoff inside Fair Isle Brewing List on Thursday. My Ballard reports that owner Kevin Smith and executive chef Jaimon Westing will serve up a “marriage of fermented foods, dry-aged meat, and classical French and English techniques with a modern twist," with an open kitchen so that diners can peek at the process.
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Cotto Belltown List
Not to be confused with Bar Cotto List on Capitol Hill, this new Italian restaurant soft opens in Belltown today, serving a menu of antipasti, house-made pasta, pizza, and gelato.
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Donna's List
The Capitol Hill watering hole Rose Temple List hosted the soft opening of this sibling bar in the former Speckled & Drake List space on August 28. A menu hasn't been posted yet, but a glimpse at their Instagram reveals that they serve tomato basil martinis.
Capitol Hill
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Pancita List
On August 25, the sought-after pop-up Pancita revealed on Instagram that it will permanently take over the Pair List space in Bryant, where it's been running a residency for the last six months. Chef Janet Becerra serves scratch-made Mexican cuisine moored by a deep affinity for masa.
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MariPili at Café Frieda List
Soon, you'll be able to pair a visit to the Frye Art Museum List with sangria and patatas bravas: Chef Grayson Corrales of MariPili List , the Galician tapas restaurant that opened List in the former Cafe Presse List space in May 2022, will take over the museum's in-house restaurant Café Frieda List in late October.
Capitol Hill

Ristorante Machiavelli List
The quaint Edmonds cafe Chanterelle List is closing after decades of business, and Capitol Hill's beloved red-sauce joint Machiavelli List is opening a new location in its place later this year. Owner Suzette Jarding, who lives in Edmonds, now holds the rights to Chanterelle's recipes, including their signature tomato bisque.

Xóm List
This Vietnamese restaurant from Ông Lắm Bistro List owner Cuong Nguyen is set to open soon in the former space of Marmite List in Chophouse Row.
Capitol Hill


Bitterroot BBQ List
This Ballard barbecue joint, which sources all of its meat from local butchers and uses locally grown applewood for smoking, will close at the end of the month. Owners Grant and Hannah Carter plan to focus on a new business called Mammoth, a new incarnation of their former sibling restaurant Mammoth Sandwiches List , which will open across the street from Bitterroot.

Mutual Fish Co. List
So long, and thanks for all the fish: This beloved family-owned Rainier Valley seafood market is set to close on September 16, due to its owners retiring.
Rainier Valley

Pig Iron Burger Shack List
After just over a year of business, this critically acclaimed burger destination from Celeste and Michael Lucas, the owners of the storied Georgetown haunt Slim’s Last Chance List , closed for good on August 6.



Cider Summit Seattle Past Event List
Listen up, lovers of apple-based libations: This festival billing itself as the "region’s largest hard cider tasting event" is poised to make a triumphant return, with over 150 drinks from more than 40 producers and both local and international options in the mix. The selection also includes mead, cider cocktails, fruit spirits, and more.
Lake Union Park


San Gennaro Festival 2023 Past Event List
This Georgetown Italian street fair brings together the best in local Italian cuisine with live music, a vendor market, and family-friendly entertainment. If you close your eyes and ignore the architecture (and the language), you can almost imagine yourself at a market in Italy, eating delicious food amid the daily bustle. The procession of San Gennaro (the patron saint of Naples) is a hallmark of the festival, and will kick off Saturday morning. You can even register your kids for a chance to sing on stage with past winners of the Italian song competition show, Zecchino D'Oro. SHANNON LUBETICH


Harvest Home Past Event List
It's time once again to wrap yourself up in fuzzy sweaters and scarves, watch Over the Garden Wall, and engage in idyllic seasonal activities—may we suggest participating in a cider pressing with apples harvested from Fort Nisqually Living History Museum's own orchard? You'll get to help decorate the hock cart (used for the final harvest of the year) and witness the crowning of a Harvest King and Queen. Alternatively, help build a scarecrow for the museum to keep pests at bay, or show off your homesteading prowess by entering your own homemade preserves into a Jam and Jelly Competition.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 11 am-5 pm

End of Summer Bash with Baby Alpacas & Live Music Past Event List
Celebrate the end of summer with a free and family-friendly party featuring tasty treats from trendy doughnut shop Dough Joy, cheesesteaks from Tat's Deli, face painting, and live music. There will also be adorable baby alpacas until 5 pm—kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy but event organizers request that dogs don't pull up to the party until after the precious fluff balls leave. Don't miss the special beer release from Georgetown Brewing. SHANNON LUBETICH
Ounces, 2-9 pm

Rosé Reunion: Calexico, Violet Chachki, and More Past Event List
House of Smith Jet City Winery, a winery owned by Charles Smith and housed in a remodeled Dr. Pepper bottling plant in Georgetown, will host a killer lineup, featuring Grammy-nominated Tex-Mex rockers Calexico and garage rock trio Naked Giants. While you enjoy the entertainment, take advantage of food truck nosh, a beer garden with Georgetown Brewing beverages, a selection of award-winning wines by the glass, and over 100 wines by the bottle.
Charles Smith Wines Jet City, 4-9 pm


Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Past Event List
Seattle Center Festál presents the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, sharing the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Hawaii through performances, food, workshops, a marketplace, and more. Entertainment ranging from a spam musubi contest to live music from "island reggae" singer-songwriter Wehilei will be going on inside the Armory and outside on the Mural stage. Learn how to make flower and kukui nut leis, weave lauhala (sunbaked palm leaves), and chow down on ono grinds from local vendors like Mike's Shave Ice, Braddaz Malasadaz, ​and Seattle Poi Company. SHANNON LUBETICH
Seattle Center, 11 am-7 pm


Ben's Bread Co. List
If you share my passion for the buttery baked cheese snack crackers Cheez-Its (the apotheosis of processed food, in my opinion), you'll be glad to know that the pop-up-turned-bakery Ben's Bread is now serving up their own scratch-made version, cleverly dubbed "Cheez-Isn'ts," for a limited time. Theirs are made with Tillamook cheddar, Villa Jerada cayenne, Shepherd's Grain flour, and Ethos Bakery & Cafe Hollis white wheat flour.
Phinney Ridge

Frankie & Jo's
The plant-based creamery is drawing inspiration from "the peak produce from local farms, the simplicity of nature, and the impending feelings of change on the horizon" for its trio of September flavors, including peaches and cream, summer harvest cake, and Concord grape swirl.
Ballard, Capitol Hill, University Village
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Spice Waala
The Indian street food spot's soft serve flavor of the month is pistachio cardamom, inspired by pistachio kulfi. They also revealed a new Desi pizza special featuring focaccia-style dough topped with butter chicken or butter paneer—sadly, it's already sold out twice, so you'll have to wait to try it (unless you're one of the lucky few who snagged a pre-order).
Ballard, Capitol Hill
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