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This Week in Seattle Food News: A YouTuber Ghost Kitchen Arrives, Stoup Brewing Expands to Kenmore, and Lumen Field's Outdoor Dining Series Begins

February 19, 2021 Edition
February 19, 2021
You can now dine under the night sky on Lumen Field, thanks to a new pop-up series that launched this week. (Lumen Field)

This week, the YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, better known as "MrBeast," brings three locations of his new burger ghost kitchen to Washington, a new outdoor dining pop-up debuts on Lumen Field, and Stoup Brewing announces a new outpost coming to Kenmore soon. Plus, KEXP releases a new collaboration blend with Caffe Vita, and Bok a Bok is coming to Kirkland. Read on for that and more food-world updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Burrito Express
This Mexican taco truck slinging tacos, burritos, breakfast burritos, tortas, and more opened in South Park in late January. The truck also makes its own salsa, fresh juice, and aguas frescas.
South Park
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Gyro Boss
A new Greek spot recently moved into Lake Forest Park's Third Place Commons, serving gyros, shawarma, koftas, hummus, baba ghanoush, baklava, and other Mediterranean staples.
Lake Forest Park
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MrBeast Burger
The popular YouTuber MrBeast, known for staging expensive or outlandish stunts (such as counting to 100,000 on camera or giving away thousands of dollars), has launched his own chain of delivery-only burger ghost kitchens, which he publicized with a pop-up "free restaurant" event in Wilson, North Carolina. A few (not free) locations of the kitchen have arrived in Bellevue, Lacey, and Westlake, with a straightforward menu of smash burgers, grilled cheese, crispy chicken tender sandwiches, Nashville hot chicken tender sandwiches, "beast-style" fries (with caramelized onions, American cheese, pickles, mayo, ketchup, and mustard), and seasoned crinkle-cut fries.
Bellevue, Lacey, Westlake
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FUTURE OPENINGS

Bok a Bok and Don't Yell At Me
The Guy Fieri-approved, Korean-Southern fried chicken joint, which has locations in Burien, Capitol Hill, University District, and White Center, is expanding with a new location in Kirkland's Village at Totem Lake shopping center sometime this spring. The trendy Taiwanese boba chain Don't Yell At Me (which has a location in University District and which Jordan Michelman wrote about for The Stranger) will also open a location in the same shopping center.
Kirkland

Stoup Brewing Kenmore
James Weimann and Deming Maclise, the duo behind Stoneburner, Poquitos, Rhein Haus, and Sabine, closed their aviation-themed Kenmore restaurant Seaplane in November. Now they're planning to team up with the owners of the award-winning Ballard brewery Stoup Brewing to launch a new  Stoup Brewing Kenmore taproom in its place, with a food menu developed by chef Jason Stoneburner. The new spot may open as soon as March.
Kenmore

CLOSURES

Gather Kitchen & Bar
Executive chef Ryan Donaldson is closing his globally inspired bistro Gather Kitchen & Bar and opening a fast-casual pop-up called Harmony & Grain, serving locally sourced grain bowls, in its place. The pop-up will take over the restaurant for a month starting on March 1. After March, Donaldson will either turn the pop-up into a permanent restaurant or move into a different location, according to Eater Seattle.
Ballard

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Caffe Vita and KEXP announce new coffee collaboration
Yesterday, the coffee chain Caffe Vita and Seattle's listener-powered radio station KEXP debuted their new collaboration KEXP coffee blend. The launch corresponded with KEXP's day of "Live Music Heals" programming, devoted to stories about the importance of live music. Two dollars from every bag of the blend, which is "fruity and full-bodied with flavors of black cherry, candied orange, and maple syrup," will be donated to the COVD-19 relief fundraising campaign Keep Music Live, and Caffe Vita will match each donation. 

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Lunar New Year Food Walk 2021
In place of the Chinatown-International District usual all-out Lunar New Year celebration, over 30 neighborhood businesses will celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Ox by offering a variety of special $3, $5, or $6 bites, drinks, and retail items. Check out the full list of offerings here, with options like $6 popcorn alligator from Crawfish King, a $3 mochi cloud special from the new Hello Em Viet Coffee & Roastery, $3 CBD honey from Trichome, and lots more.
Hing Hay Park, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm

Beer & Cheese Week at Skål Beer Hall
The Scandinavian-themed Skål Beer Hall will team a variety of Nordic-style cheeses, including Danish blue cheese, Jarlsberg, dill havarti, and more, with wintry beers, ciders, and meads.
Ballard, February 19-21

7th Annual Black & Brew Imperial Stout Celebration
Dark, wintry days call for dark beers. This year, Watershed Pub & Kitchen is offering a pared-down version of its annual Black & Brew celebration, with nine decadent imperial stouts on tap and take-home sampler kits.
Watershed Pub & Kitchen, February 19-21

Buzz Week: A Coffee Cocktail Festival
Want a relaxing libation laced with energizing caffeine? Check out coffee cocktails at Ben Paris, Mischief on Canal, and Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi as part of this event hosted by Seattle Cocktail Club. There will also be an online coffee class and coffee cocktail class.
Various locations, February 19-21

Hitchcock Guest Chef Street Food Pop-Up Series: Chef Osmel Gonzalez
Cuban-born chef Osmel Gonzales will serve up Cubano and roasted pork sandwiches, chorizo burgers, masa frita (rice and black bean bowls), and yuca fries with spicy aioli at Hitchcock.
Bainbridge Island, Friday-Sunday

Li'l Woody's Burger Month
The popular local burger joint chain Li'l Woody's has revealed the lineup for its annual Burger Month series, which features burgers dreamed up by local chefs. This year's remaining specials include a beef and lamb burger with harissa red pepper mayo and whipped goat cheese from Cafe Campagne chef Daisley Gordon (February 16-22) and a "Neon Torta" with pulled pork, avocado mayo, cabbage cilantro slaw, sauteed onions, and jalapeños from chef Monica Dimas of Little Neon Taco (February 23-March 1).
Li'l Woody's (Ballard, Capitol Hill, and White Center), February 12-March 1

Soul of Seattle
James Beard Award-winning chef Edouardo Jordan of JuneBaby and Salare is teaming up with Northwest Harvest to offer a series of virtual fundraising events throughout the month of February to benefit local Black chefs and organizations that focus on youth of color. The programming includes live cooking demos with local chefs hosted by Matt Lewis and Wayne Johnson, a live panel discussion with national and local Black culinary leaders, gift baskets with items from Black-owned businesses, a virtual dance party with DJ Topspin and Questlove, a weekly silent auction, takeout meals from local Black-owned restaurants, and more.
February 12-28

Field to Table
Lumen Field will be transformed into an open-air dining room catered by local chefs and restaurateurs, seating two to six people (from the same household) per table. The dining spaces are covered and heated, but you're invited to bring blankets.
Lumen Field, Wednesday-Sunday through March 18

Puffy Jacket Pop-Up Dining Series
This new pop-up series from Columbia Hospitality is making the best of winter al fresco dining by encouraging local diners to bundle up in their most voluminous outerwear for outdoor meals with cozy cocktails at 12 different venues in Washington and Oregon. The menus are inspired by the Pacific Northwest—for example, Copperleaf will serve a seafood beach boil alongside a 2bar Spirits whiskey flight, while Hearth will feature foraged ingredients like mushrooms, oysters, and lamb and a pine whiskey sour playfully named the "Socks and Sandals."
Various locations, Friday-Saturday through March 27

SPECIALS

Molly Moon's Ice Cream
The local ice cream parlor chain has launched a limited amount of pints of a chocolate caramel pretzel flavor. The flavor is sold out at the Queen Anne and Redmond locations but is available in limited quantities at other stores, while supplies last.
Various locations
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