The Shanty Cafe calling it quits after 102 years


Photo courtesy of The Shanty Cafe

The Shanty Cafe on Elliott Ave is closing for good on Monday, November 28th, after 102 years of service. It opened in 1914 and has remained a fixture at 350 Elliott Ave, thanks to current owners Ginger Crowley and Theresa Schmetzer, who purchased Shanty 19 years ago.

Now Crowley and Schmetzer are exiting the restaurant business and have sold the building. But, instead of selling to a developer, they sold it to another restaurant, El Charro Mexican Food and Cantina, which has a location in Kent.

Bite Box now open for lunch


From Bite Box’s Facebook page today – lunch being served!

Bite Box, Sharon Fillingim’s new post-Grub venture, is now open for lunch! The new restaurant next to Five Corners Hardware at 307 W McGraw St is open and serving lunch today:

As previously reported, you can find menu items like Millet Cobb salad, burger w/oxtail ragu, and pecan pie Belgian waffle, along with some gluten-free items, daily house-made soups, and options to add protein to salads.

Plus, expect a few specials, some familiar to Grub fans and some new ones too. Beverages include Portland’s Heart Coffee to sake bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, and local beer.

Stop by and say “hello” and “welcome back” to Sharon and the Bite Box crew!

Bite Box brings breakfast & lunch to W McGraw this month

We first wrote about Sharon Fillingim’s new post-Grub venture in June, when the spot next to Five Corners Hardware was getting the first taste of its new facelift. Now, final touches like custom windows and an 8’ glass door are all that’s left to complete the transformation of the 1950 building at 307 W McGraw St. Sharon plans to open Bite Box at the end of October.

bite-box-burgerIn the meantime, amidst construction chaos, Sharon has been busy crafting a menu for Bite Box, which is billed as “fast casual fare” for neighborhood breakfasts and lunches. The staff has already been privy to a taste test of menu items like Millet Cobb salad, burger w/oxtail ragu, and pecan pie Belgian waffle.

The menu also features some gluten-free items, daily house-made soups, and options to add protein to salads. Plus, you can expect a few specials, some familiar to Grub fans and some new ones too. Beverages range from Portland’s Heart Coffee to sake bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, and local beer.

According to Sharon:

“My objective and vision was to design a space for business luncheons and meetings to the businesses around me, as well as my fellow neighbors. The current menu will be offered all day on the days we’re open. I hope that my customers will feel that Bite Box is similar to smaller cafes in various neighborhoods found not only in Seattle but throughout other cities. With a smaller menu and space, I’m able to keep it personal, something that is very important to me.”

bite-box-interiorBite Box will be open Wednesdays – Fridays 8am to 3:30pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

If the construction schedule stays on track, expect Bite Box to be open by the end of the month. You can see the new, warm and inviting interior in the photo from Bite Box’s Facebook page to the right. Stop by and welcome Sharon back to the Queen Anne restaurant roster!

Windy City Pie moves into Batch 206’s Interbay spot this weekend

screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-2-43-01-pmSeattle favorite Windy City Pie is making a move this weekend from SODO to Interbay, bringing Chicago style pizza to our neck of the woods. Windy City Pie is busy this weekend setting up a new kitchen inside the Batch 206 Distillery at 1417 Elliott Ave W and already taking orders for pickup.

While Windy City Pie won’t be making deliveries this weekend, production at the new Interbay location starts today, October 1st, with normal business hours. Plus, it will have an oven that is 12 times larger than the SODO one, and there’s parking at Batch 206 to make pickups more convenient.


Per their Facebook page (where you can find more photos of their pies, like the one above):

“We anticipate our new equipment will result in a superior product and a massively increased capacity. As we adapt to that increased capacity and production workflow, we’ll be able to streamline ordering in ways we simply could not do in our SoDo location due to our small oven.”

screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-2-30-14-pmWindy City Pie also promises a future collaboration with Batch 206 Distillery, so it’s here to stay, which is very good news for Queen Anne, Interbay, and Magnolia residents alike. How do you order your pie? Go here.

And, if you’re not familiar with Windy City Pie, last month it claimed the title of “favorite pizza” out of 32 Seattle pizzerias in a Seattle Times reader poll.

Chalk this move up to a win for the neighborhood!

Toulouse-Petit closed during food-poisoning investigation

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-5-27-45-pmToulouse-Petit Kitchen & Lounge (601 Queen Anne Ave N) has been temporarily closed down by King County heath officials as they investigate possible food poisoning at the restaurant.

According to King County Public Health, six out of seven people from the same party ate at the restaurant and became ill with symptoms consistent with a bacterial infection such as Salmonellosis or Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli.  The potential food source is still under investigation, but Public Health notes that the party had consumed food items that may increase the risk of foodborne illness, including raw beef and raw egg.

Public Health investigated the restaurant today and found “several problems including room temperature storage, inadequate refrigeration and improper cooling of potentially hazardous foods and cross contamination, which resulted in temporary suspension of the restaurant’s permit.”

Toulouse-Petit will be allowed to reopen after making corrections and Public Health is confident that the outbreak has ended.

End of an era as Ponti Seafood to close its doors on July 2nd

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 6.21.22 PMAfter 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.