End of an era as Ponti Seafood to close its doors on July 2nd
After 25 years, Ponti Seafood Grill will close on July 2nd, as owner Richard Malia looks to retirement. Malia opened Ponti in Novmeber 1990 with Chef Alvin Binuya, who returned to Ponti in 2009 for the final 7 years of Ponti’s run.
According to Malia:
“The past few years have been our most successful of the 25 years we’ve been in business. I’m 69 and ready to pursue other business interests and spend time in service to the community. I didn’t do this on my own, and I owe both the community a lot for the support we’ve received, as well as my loyal employees. It has been a wonderful 25 years.”
Instead of a new restaurant, the Ponti building and land have been sold and will become the new home of the Queen Anne Elks club, which is currently located at 302 Queen Anne Ave N. That property has been sold to Greystar for the Uptown Flats project.
If you’re a wine collector or just enjoy good wine, take note: Ponti’s wine inventory will be sold at or below wholesale prices for home use (bottle or case) from June 12-July 2.
Three Queen Anne restaurants to participate in Dining Out for Life this Thursday
On Thursday, over 100 restaurants in the Seattle metro area will donate 30-50% of their proceeds to Lifelong’s Chicken Soup Brigade food program that feeds people fighting hunger and illness in the community.
Plan on eating at McMenamins Queen Anne, The Other Coast Café, or Lloyd Martin this Thursday if you want to stick around the neighborhood and help out Lifelong. If you’ll be venturing further afield for lunch or dinner, you can search for participating restaurants online.
This year, McMenamins is repeating its performance as a Golden Fork restaurant, which means that it’s donating 50% of the day’s proceeds to Lifelong.
Dining Out for Life runs all day Thursday, so plan on eating lunch and/or dinner out to help Lifelong.
Campfire BBQ moves in next door to Citizen
About 10 days ago, a reader let us know that Citizen has a new roommate at 706 Taylor Ave N – then, the flu hit me and derailed my plans on digging for more BBQ info. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, the blog posts are stacked pretty high in the queue. But, let’s first get to the new BBQ joint, Campfire BBQ, that’s set up shop in Citizen’s parking lot.
For now, you can get Campfire BBQ on Saturdays and Sundays, 3pm-8pm each day. And, once they finish spiffing up the little parking lot – which won’t take much longer – the little smokehouse-inspired wagon will be open 4-5 days a week. And, this is good news for Queen Anne. I’ve had Campfire BBQ at other roving locations, and it’s the real deal. Queen Anne is lucky to have this gem at the bottom of the hill.
In part, Campfire BBQ’s new location is due to the entrepreneurship of Suzana Omos, owner of Citizen (right next door) and Citizen Six (housed in the Number 6 Cider taproom on Elliott Ave W). She secured the rights to use the parking lot adjacent to Citizen and wanted to make it a great outdoor space for the neighborhood. She reached out to Campfire BBQ and the rest is now history in motion.
I reached out to owners Stefan and Julie Giles, they described Campfire BBQ’s history as follows:
“We started Campfire BBQ in 2012 … Campfire began as a hobby for Stefan as he tried to satisfy the cravings of family and friends that found the Texas style BBQ they were craving to be an elusive beast in the Northwest, but soon turned into a thriving small business as word of mouth spread and demand grew. With his father hailing from Texas and his mother from Germany, you could say that Stefan literally has BBQ imprinted on his DNA.
Campfire BBQ only uses quality ingredients and sources meats that are local, organic and sustainable whenever possible. All of our BBQ is done slow and low over a real wood fire – an hour and a half per pound on average.”
Plus, we hear on reader-authority that bones are available for Queen Anne pups, so a dog-friendly business to boot! Check out a Queen Anne View reader’s dog, Latte, to the left, with a free Campfire BBQ bone she carried all the way home…
Stop by Citizen this weekend and watch for expanded service in the near future!
Mezcaleria Oaxaca offering lunch special for Queen Anne residents
Mezcaleria Oaxaca is showing some neighborhood love, in the form of a lunch special for Queen Anne residents. Stop by the Queen Anne location at 2123 Queen Anne Ave N for lunch on Wednesdays or Thursdays and get 20% off your pre-tax lunch bill. All you have to do is bring something (ID, mail, etc.) with your name and Queen Anne zip code on it, and voila!
The special deal is available every Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 3pm. It’s the restaurant’s way of showing its appreciation and saying “thanks” to Queen Anne.
If you’re a Queen Anne resident in zips 98109 or 98119, you’re eligible for the neighbor discount. Thanks to Mezcaleria Oaxaca for showing some love to Queen Anne!
Citzen + Number 6 Cider = Citizen Six
If you’re a fan of either Citizen or Number 6 Cider, you’ll be happy to learn that the owners of the two Queen Anne businesses have joined forces to create Citizen Six, a new restaurant housed in the Number 6 Cider taproom. Citizen Six will feature all of the Citizen menu favorites and more, as it’ll have a bigger menu in the new, larger location.
Citizen has operated at its 706 Taylor Ave N location for seven years, and during its tenure (no fear, it’s staying put), Number 6 Cider owner Tom Todaro was a regular customer. When he decided he needed someone to run the dining room at Number 6 Cider, he looked to Citizen owner Suzana Omos. Omos has joined Todaro as a managing partner and Citizen Six opens to the public on March 1st.
As a younger sibling restaurant, Citizen Six will actually be the bigger of the two It’ll have seating for 60 people and serve Number 6 Ciders on tap, local beers, and wine by the glass. With 8 of the seats at the bar, bar manager Scott Rixe (formerly of Zhu Dang) will offer a full cocktail menu that includes new cider cocktails.
What can you expect menu-wise?
‘Like Citizen, the menu at Citizen Six will be a nod to Suzana’s heritage: She’s half Mexican, half Korean. Don’t be surprised to see some familiar Citizen influences on the menu, like the “Korexican” tacos – tender, marinated strips of Bulgogi beef, spicy cucumber mix, caramelized onions and Mexican cheese piled on a fresh, local flour tortilla, served with housemade green salsa verde, black beans and sriracha mayo – an homage to her mother’s comfort cooking. “It’s just savory food, and it’s just a beautiful fusion,” says Suzana. “They’re flavors that I grew up with.” Citizen Six will offer a more expansive food menu than its sibling.‘
Citizen Six will be open 7 days a week for lunch, happy hour and dinner, and it’s family friendly with games and menu items for kids. According to Suzana: “You can come here to get a hamburger or a Bulgogi beef hamburger with fries. There’s something for everyone, including non-adventurous eaters.”
Mark your calendars for March 1st, when Citizen Six opens. You can find them inside the Number 6 Cider taproom at 945 Elliott Ave W. Stop by to say congrats to not one, but two local businesses!
Newest Queen Anne restaurant, Grappa, opens February 1st
It’s been a couple of months since we posted on the new restaurant, Grappa, moving into the old La Luna space on the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N. The owners have been hard at work on “an extensive remodel” and are set to open this Monday, February 1st. (thanks to Adrian for the tip!)
According to Grappa’s Facebook page, the restaurant will open February 1st. It’ll be open 7 days a week, and will serve lunch and dinner, with a happy hour featuring Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails.
UPDATE: per Grappa, the first week of service will be dinner only, then lunch and happy hour kick off on February 8th. Happy hour will 4pm-6pm and 9pm-close.
Grappa’s hours will be 11am-10pm Sunday-Wednesday and 11am-1am Thursday-Saturday. Photos in this post are dishes highlighted on Grappa’s Facebook page.
Stop by to check out their dishes and welcome them to Queen Anne!