This week, a Black-owned cafe opens in Shoreline, a natural wine shop called Glinda moves into the former space of Juicebox, and the sourdough pastry bakery Temple Pastries gets ready to open in the Central District. Plus, the beloved Boat Street Kitchen says au revoir, and Musang chef Melissa Miranda joins the Bon Appétit team. Read on for all that and more food-world updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
Black Coffee Northwest
This new Black-owned cafe and nonprofit "grounded in excellence" will have its grand opening tomorrow, October 17. The admirably community-focused spot will emphasize social justice, with a barista training program, a weekly youth outreach program, after-school study hours, Zoom "coffee chat" conversations on important topics, a coat drive, and voter registration drives (and even a mock version for kids to teach them about civic engagement). The shop serves Ethiopian, Burundi, and Kenyan roasts from the Black-owned Renton business Boona Boona, donuts from the Lynnwood-based Zuri's Donutz, pastries from Salmonberry Goods, and sweet potato pie made by co-owner DarNesha Weary's mother. Eater Seattle reports that the shop is receiving racist threats and that the shop's opening was delayed by attacks from an arsonist, who threw molotov cocktails at the shop on September 30, but luckily, damage was minimal, and the business received an enthusiastic welcome from the community during its drive-thru service preview last weekend.
Brewing Savage Co.
On Thursday, couple Will and Layken Savage soft-opened this brewery in the former space of Flycaster Brewing Co., with eight beers on tap, bottle and crowler options, wine, and cider. Visiting food trucks and limited dine-in service are set to come later on.
The owners behind the recently closed health-food haven Juicebox and the owners of South Park's chic natural wine bar and bottle shop Left Bank have teamed up to launch Glinda, a new natural wine shop named for the benevolent and sparkly Wizard of Oz witch. The shop, which opens in the former Juicebox space today, preaches "good wine for all earth people" and focuses on organic, biodynamic, and low-intervention wines. There's also a monthly bottle club, and the shop hopes to add a wine bar once it's safe to do so again.
The popular Japanese sushi chain Katsu-ya, which also has locations in Los Angeles, officially opened its first Seattle location on October 8. The menu features dishes like crispy rice with spicy tuna, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, Japanese ceviche, creamy popcorn shrimp tempura, and seared tuna steaks with Japanese salsa. Dessert includes vanilla, matcha, and red bean ice cream.
South Lake Union
Baker Christina Wood's pop-up bakery Temple Pastries, known for exquisite sourdough pastries (including croissants, croissant pretzels, and "cruffins") made with locally milled buckwheat, rye, and whole wheat, will soft-open its highly anticipated brick-and-mortar cafe in the former space of Broadcast Coffee's Central District location this Monday, October 19. (The soft opening was originally slated for Saturday, October 17, but has been delayed.) An official grand opening will follow on October 23. The bakery is teaming up with Broadcast Coffee and will feature a full espresso bar, as well as croissants, breakfast sandwiches, macarons, doughnuts, and more. In November, Broadcast will also have a roasting space next door.
The legendary 24-hour greasy spoon known for its dozen-egg omelets and walls plastered with crayon drawings is closing indefinitely. A Facebook post from the business read, "It is with sadness and optimism for the future that we are temporarily closing our doors until we can serve customers at 100% occupancy. This was both an easy and hard decision. It's not economically feasible working at 50% occupancy for our particular business model. Our food and our customer habits are not accustomed to takeout or delivery. Hard because we love what we do and we love our community. Beth's is a truly unique, one of a kind place that is symbolic of many decades of Seattle's lineage and history. We look forward to a speedy recovery and who knows, we may be open sooner than you think. Again, this is temporary, not permanent."
The Boar's Nest
The cozy Ballard barbecue spot the Boar's Nest had its last day of operation on Thursday, October 15, which was also its ninth anniversary. The owners wrote on Facebook, "The cancellation of all events hit everyone hard. But, the hardest part for us is now saying goodbye to you. We will miss providing brides and grooms with their first meal as a married couple. We will miss dodging footballs and bean bags as we set up tailgating tables. We will miss sending graduates off in style with pulled pork and ribs. We will miss all of the crazy events at Safeco and breweries and wineries. And we will miss blaring country music and serving you in our little smoky home in Ballard."
Boat Street Kitchen and Bistro
Au revoir, Boat Street: After 15 years of business, the longtime French bistro known for launching the career of James Beard Award-winning chef Renee Erickson is closing on November 15. A statement on the website read, "The financial strain of the necessary 'stay home - stay safe' order, coupled with the general turmoil of 2020 events has forced our hand. Our Tiny Team has been valiant in keeping smiles on our faces in spite of everything and we’ve all been working incredibly hard in an effort to provide a safe and comfortable experience for you week after week. However, that has meant that everyone is working over capacity and it is simply no longer sustainable." The restaurant's menus over the next few weeks will highlight "comforting favorites that are quintessentially Boat Street" for fans who would like to come pay their respects and revisit happier times.
Lower Queen Anne
No Bones Beach Club
Ballard just can't catch a break: In addition to the closure of the Boar's Nest, the neighborhood is also mourning the loss of No Bones Beach Club, the colorful tropical tiki bar with a creative all-vegan menu. In an announcement, owner Mackenzie DeVito wrote, "I have weighed every last option to keep my employees and customers safe while still being able to feed you all, which is my daily passion. But the truth is that our tiny kitchen – the one that cooked an almost impossible amount of food on those bustling Saturdays all summer long- just wasn’t built for social distancing. We can’t safely turn out enough vegan bites to cover the cost." The bar's Portland location closed earlier this summer for the same reason, and its Chicago location is temporarily closed, according to its website.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Bakers and Makers Against Racism
Explore wares from more than 10 local makers and bakers at this outdoor pop-up market raising money for antiracist causes, featuring cake cups, greeting cards, chocolate truffles, honey, tea, pickles, jams, can dancers, dog goodies, cotton masks, plants, jewelry, bread, baked goods, and tarot card readings.
Li'l Woody's Fast Food Month
For the month of October, local burger joint Li'l Woody's is cleverly recreating fast food favorites for its weekly specials. The current special is the Jack in the Box-inspired Sourdough Woody (October 13), with mayo, ketchup, sliced tomatoes, Hill's bacon, Swiss cheese, and grass-fed beef on sourdough. (Curly fries are also available for that week for the full experience.) The McDonald's dupe Li'l Big Mac (October 20) comes after that, with fry sauce, dill pickles, diced onion, shredded lettuce, American cheese, grass-fed beef, and a center-cut sesame bun. Finally, the Li'l Crunch Wrap (October 27), Li'l Woody's interpretation of the Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supreme with chipotle mayo, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, tostada, house-made queso, and grass-fed beef, wraps things up (pun not intended).
Various locations, through October
Nightmare on Wall Street
As a spooky-season tradition, Belltown’s award-winning tiki bar Navy Strength temporarily transforms into a “fully immersive haunting experience" each October, with libations inspired by classic and modern horror flicks. This year, they're bringing the spine-chilling immersive experience home to you with weekly cocktail kits for you to take home, make, and enjoy while watching the film they're based on, complete with popcorn, snacks, and your very own keepsake zombie glass. This year's lineup includes drinks inspired by Mandy, It Follows, and more.
Belltown, through November 1
The buzzy boba shop invites you to "strap on your Uggs" and dive headfirst into pumpkin spice season with its Pumpkin Spice Milk Tea.
Dine-in, pickup, or delivery
Hood Famous Cafe and Bar
The Filipinx-owned bakery and cafe has released the "Barrel-Aged Old Fashion Cold Brew," a coffee mocktail with Woodinville Whiskey barrel-aged maple syrup, Kalsada Coffee cold brew, and aromatic bitters.
The bakery is getting into the spirit of the season with a pumpkin cake with cream cheese and chocolate frosting.
First Hill and Queen Anne
Pickup or delivery
Musang chef Melissa Miranda joins Bon Appetit team
This week, the Conde Nast magazine Bon Appétit relaunched its YouTube video channel. The publication had previously built a huge following with its viral YouTube videos set in the magazine's test kitchen and featuring staff, but had a spectacular fall from grace this summer after many instances of racism and homophobia were brought to light, including micro-aggressions and POC employees receiving significantly less payment than their white peers. Many employees left in protest, and editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport stepped down after a photo of him in brownface as a Puerto Rican for a Halloween costume was revealed on social media. Now, the brand is relaunching after a hiatus with a new, more diverse lineup under new editor-in-chief Dawn Davis, executive editor Sonia Chopra, global brand advisor Marcus Samuelsson, and Condé Nast entertainment president Agnes Chu. Among the new hires is local chef Melissa Miranda of the acclaimed Filipinx restaurant Musang, which opened in Beacon Hill just before the pandemic hit. Miranda revealed the news in an Instagram post, writing, "This [has] been a wild wild ride and I am beyond humbled to be in the company of such incredible and beautiful talent. Growing up I always looked for people that looked like me and to be now be able to use this platform to share our stories for us is everything to me."
Sam Choy's Poke to the Max cofounder launches new pop-up
Max Heigh, cofounder of the Hawaiian restaurant Sam Choy's Poke to the Max, is launching a new pop-up called Ramen Ramen. The venture will serve ramen with a Hawaiian twist, using ingredients like truffle crab, smoked beef brisket, and salmon, and will operate out of a food truck in the parking lot of the Rainier Valley location of Sam Choy's Poke to the Max. The first event is next Saturday, October 23.