Entries Tagged as 'Restaurants'
May 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Last week, the Capitol Hill blog mentioned that the owners of Big Mario’s Pizza on Capitol Hill were planning a Queen Anne location later this year. We contacted Big Mario’s and their press person promised to send details soon… but, the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak, as Eater today revealed that Big Mario’s will open on Queen Anne in the fall.
Earlier this year, we had several readers inquiring about the old Panos Kleftiko Greek restaurant at 815 5th Ave N – it had closed and the windows had been papered over. A few construction workers were spotted, but they weren’t around enough to clue us in on the plans.
It turns out that’s the space that will house the new Big Mario’s location. It’ll be next door to Caffe Vita, and the owners told Eater “we’ve been looking at Queen Anne for a long time… and our partner Mike had this unique space. It’s an old building, and needs a ton of work but it truly feels like a Big Mario’s.”
On their Facebook page, Big Mario’s says to expect their delivery footprint to “expand a lot” with the new location.
Expect renovation work at the old Greek restaurant as Big Mario’s owners get it prepped and ready for moving in this fall. In the meantime, you can check out the Capitol Hill location’s menu here and whet your appetite for New York style pizza from Big Mario’s.
Tags: Big Mario's, new business, pizza
May 11th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
A new business has moved into the space above Eat Local, and it nearly missed our radar. But, a reader clued us in (thanks, Michelle!) and I stopped by Strawberry Moon this weekend to check out our newest Queen Anne shop.
You won’t notice a change to the building from the exterior, but Strawberry Moon has set up shop above Eat Local to serve fresh, natural juices and more. When they’re open, a sandwich board will fill you in on the daily specials, and while a bit tucked away, it’s easy to access via a staircase in Eat Local – a true hidden gem.
The shop has been open a couple of weeks, so they’re still getting set up and have plans for the future. When I stopped by over the weekend, they had just set up a new espresso machine, and they hope to eventually expand and add seating too.
Juices aren’t a new thing for Strawberry Moon, and neither is Queen Anne. Founder Sean is a yoga teacher at Haute Yoga Queen Anne and Strawberry Moon has been making cold press juices for almost 5 years. The juices were first sold at Haute Yoga, then via home delivery, and a few refrigerators around Seattle. Now, the retail “Remedy Room” brings juice, as well as healthy snacks, soups-to-go, salads, bone broths, smoothies, healthy sodas, and more to Queen Anne.
According to Sean, “In our new space we will be developing a dogma free health conscious food options for a life on the go… Eat Local is a good fit because they offer clean natural food.”
I tried the Blood Orange Ruby Red soda, an all-natural juice with just a touch of fizz – billed as an alternative to sodas, it’s tasty and refreshing, and you can try it for $5 a glass right now.
The shop is open 7 days a week, 8am-7pm Mondays-Thursdays, 8am-5pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 9-5 on Sundays. To find this hidden gem of a juice spot, just enter through Eat Local at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St and follow the signs up the stairs to Strawberry Moon.
Tags: business opening, juices, new business, Strawberry Moon
May 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Does the sunny, warm weather have your thoughts turning to tasty treats like ice cream? Well, if that’s the case, you’re in luck. Not only is Cupcake Royale launching new flavors, it’s also celebrating with an Ice Cream Social this Monday, May 11th – and there will be free scoops for everyone between 2pm and 8pm.
The new flavors are a result of a collaboration between the Royale Creamery and local Seattle chefs to come up with the Chef Series Ice Cream. Sample flavors you can try via a free scoop include: Smokey Rocky Road with Salted Marcona Almond Bark, Smoked Maple Old Fashioned with Luxardo Cherries, and Honey Ricotta with Pistachio Brittle.
If you want your free scoop served in waffle cone with toppings like whipped cream, house-made fudge sauce, caramel, sprinkles, and chocolate shavings, it’ll only set you back $1.
You can also get with a buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) card for a future ice cream excursion.
Stop by the Queen Anne Cupcake Royale at 1935 Queen Anne Ave N on Monday between 2pm and 8pm and get your free scoop and BOGO card, and enjoy a taste of summer!
Tags: Cupcake Royale, free stuff, ice cream, ice cream social
April 26th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
This Thursday, April 30th, Dining Out for Life returns for its 22nd year. The event is sponsored by BECU and includes almost 150 Seattle restaurants that donate 30-50% of the night’s proceeds to Lifelong.
Lifelong, the leading community health organization serving people with chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, in Washington State, uses the donations to help fight hunger and illness in our community.
Three Queen Anne restaurants are participating this year – LloydMartin, Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge, and McMenamin’s. McMenamin’s is a “Golden Fork” restaurant, which means it’s donating 50% of its proceeds to Lifelong.
Diners who participate have the chance to win two domestic round-trip tickets, courtesy of Delta Airlines. And, of course, all diners will help out a great cause for Lifelong.
Tags: Dining Out for Life, fundraiser, Lifelong
April 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Last week, while I was away for a few days on vacation, the newest restaurant on Queen Anne opened its doors. We first gave the heads up on Entre Amis Bistro back in January, when we discovered it would be taking over the old Portage (then the short-lived Cioppino) spot at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N.
The French restaurant is now open and serving simple, seasonal food that plays on French classics with products from the Pacific Northwest. According to Entre Amis, Chef Matt Cyr, has created a small menu that will change frequently. Mainstays are a selection of charcuterie and cheeses, as well as a selection of French wines and beers, or sparkling wine cocktails.
The interior underwent renovations, resulting in a casual and intimate space that can hold up to 30 people (so, call ahead to make reservations, especially for weekend nights).
Entre Amis is currently open from 5pm to 10:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant is planning to expand in the future to happy hours, private events, wine dinners, and brunch.
Owner Benjamin chose Queen Anne for his French bistro “because the location had all of the aspects to make his visions come true. Most importantly the neighborhood reminds him of a village in France with Queen Anne Ave being the center.”
Stop by to welcome our newest business to Queen Anne!
Tags: business opening, Entre Amis, restaurant opening
March 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
First craft beer, now craft cider – Interbay is becoming a hub for local beverage creations. Number 6 Cider Pub is opening at 945 Elliott Ave W this Friday, March 27th, serving the ciders you may know from local retail spots (Met Market, PCC, QFC, and Total Wine all sell their ciders) as well as bars and restaurants.
Now, you can taste their wares and seasonal specialties without having to travel far from home. Owners Tom Todaro and Don Broyals founded Number 6 Cider after looking for a new business venture. They source the cider from Yakima apples, a mix of 5 different varieties that are definitely fresh – according to Number 6 Cider “squeezed and delivered to our door in a 5000-pound tank within 5 hours.”
Number 6 Cider Pub gets its name from the neighboring railroad tracks that run alongside its new Interbay location – Number 6 was one of the most dangerous railroad tunnels that connected the lines from East to West. You can learn even more about how our newest business got their name (Number 6) in their Facebook video:
According to co-founder/co-owner Tom Todaro, “we are psyched to open the pub so that people can come together and try an extended range of seasonal ciders” – and you can do so every day at the new pub, weekdays 3-9pm, Saturdays noon-9pm, and Sundays 3pm-9pm.
They’ll also be serving tasty bites with the cider with a selection of breads, cheeses, and Salumi charcuterie. And, if you lean toward the grape or the hop, they’ll have local wine and beer too.
The rotating cider taps will pour six varieties of Number 6 Cider including:
- Spice Box
- Smoked Jalapeño
They’ll also be filling growlers to go, and have rotating seasonal ciders on the menu.
Stop by on Friday (and beyond) to welcome Number 6 Cider Pub to the neighborhood, and enjoy the local menu of ciders, beers, wines, and bites.
Tags: business opening, cidery, new business, Number 6 Cider, pub
March 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
The 5 Spot is truly a Queen Anne neighborhood institution, serving food to locals and visitors alike, and supporting the neighborhood with fundraisers and events. It’s now been at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St for 25 years. That milestone alone is a good reason to stop by the 5 Spot this month – but there’s more.
This Monday, March 16th, if you dine at the 5 Spot, you can help out one of our local elementary schools at the same time. The 5 Spot is hosting “Dining Out for John Hay” to help showcase the school’s upcoming online auction and raise money for the school’s Arts program.
For all food sales between 8:30am and 10pm, the 5 Spot is donating 25% of the proceeds to John Hay. It’s an easy way to support both a local business and Queen Anne students at the same time.
Thanks to the 5 Spot for its continuing neighborhood support, and happy 25th anniversary!
Tags: 5 Spot, auction, fundraiser, John Hay
March 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Local breakfast/lunch/brunch spot Icebox Grocery is undergoing a slight modification.
Per a Facebook post last week, the restaurant is changing its name to Tenth West – and it’s just a name change. The menu is staying the same, so you can still get your favorites at 1903 C 10th Ave W. Along with the new name is a snazzy new logo (see image to the right).
Stop by and say hello to a new name, same spot. (except today, as they’re closed on Mondays)
Tags: Icebox Grocery, name change, Tenth West
February 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Looks like we’ll have another vacant storefront on Queen Anne Ave N. Einstein Bros Bagels has posted a sign stating that the store will be closing on Tuesday, February 24th. No additional information is provided on the sign, and no response to email inquiries yet.
The spot at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N is prime real estate. However, no lease listings have shown up for the space yet. And, retail and restaurant space is currently available at The Towne, the old Charley+May building, and the Communique shop (which, as a reminder, is closing next month).
UPDATE: here’s the official statement from Einstein Bros Bagels:
“After careful evaluation, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (“ENRGI”) has come to the difficult decision to close 39 underperforming restaurants, effective Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The company will continue to focus on its high-performing restaurants to ensure the future growth and success of the business. ENRGI values the continued support of its customers, and the dedication and hard work of all its employees.”
If you’re an Einstein Bros Bagels fan, the next closest location is at 2201 Westlake Ave in South Lake Union. Or, if you want to stay on Queen Anne, Eltana Bagels has a location in the Seattle Center, as well as a location in Wallingford.
Tags: business closure, Einstein Bros Bagels, Queen Anne Ave N
February 9th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Sad news today – local eatery Grub is closing. Its last day is this Sunday’s brunch service (February 15th). Owner Sharon Fillingim sent us the following statement:
It is with both joy and sadness to announce the sale and closure of Grub.
I have had the immense pleasure of serving my community as well as receiving such tremendous support from my community which in turn; has made Grub a huge success.
As some entrepreneurs believe, it is best to leave at the top of their game and to decide when that time is. Although it was a difficult decision to make, I leave Grub with such great memories of the many customers who have come to dine, and for the many customers who have followed me throughout the years.
I look forward to my future opportunities in this wonderful industry, perhaps consulting others in their pursuits of their vision and dreams.
The last day of service will be Brunch- Sunday, February 15, 2015. 8:00 am- 3:00 pm. I hope this week, you can stop by to say farewell. We will be honoring all gift cards this week as well.
Thank you all – Sharon Fillingim
Sharon also announced that a new restaurant, the new Bounty Kitchen, will be moving into the space. Owned by Queen Anne resident, Meg Trainer, the new restaurant, Bounty Kitchen, will open in mid-April:
I’d like to introduce you to Meg Trainer and her vision. She too, is a resident of Queen Anne. I hope that you all will welcome her as you all have for me. Here is a short bio of Meg.
Welcome to Bounty Kitchen, a modern neighborhood café dedicated to quality food in both flavor and harvest. Bounty is committed to improving the way people eat, and our menu is chef driven with a focus on healthy eating. We produce all of our food in house with 100% organic produce for our innovative salads, house-made dressings, soups, and sandwiches. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, we also feature beer, wine and wonderful coffee and desserts!
With a passion for engaged customer service and happy team members, Bounty Kitchen is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Meg Trainer and Russ Raade. Meg and Russ call Queen Anne their home and they have built a cracker-jack team with Chef Morgan Kirkpatrick leading the kitchen and Eddie Morris leading our front-of-house operations.
Bounty plans a mid-April opening after a remodel designed by Graham Baba Architects of Seattle, Washington.
Stop by to say farewell to Grub this week, and get ready to welcome Bounty Kitchen in April.
Tags: Bounty Kitchen, business closing, business opening, Grub, restaurant closing
February 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
This year, 5 Spot is celebrating Mardi Gras with a Big Easy Talent Show. If you’ve got New Orleans-inspired talent, you can sign up to perform and win prizes that range from a trip to New Orleans to tasty 5 Spot chow.
If you’d like to showcase your talent, you have to sign up first via the entry form, due by Saturday, February 14th. Your talent must be “inspired by and associated with” New Orleans. Then, on Tuesday, February 17th, you have 7 minutes to perform and dazzle the audience and judges.
The talent contest starts at 7pm at the 5 Spot, and runs until the last performer exits the stage. The 5 Spot will provide a riser, two microphones, and a PA system. If your performance requires any other equipment, it’s on you to bring it along.
Check out the rules, regulations, and prizes here – and if you have stage fright or lack talent (yours truly), you can always show up to cheer the contestants on!
Tags: 5 Spot, contest, talent show
January 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda
A few weeks ago, we noticed liquor license activity for the old Portage spot at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N. A little over a year ago, Cioppino opened in the former digs of French restaurant Portage. It papered over the windows in the early summer of 2014 for renovations, but nothing happened with the Italian eatery after it essentially closed up shop.
Then, just last month, Entre Amis took over Cioppino’s liquor license. I reached out to the new owner and he confirmed that he was planning to open a French bistro in the new year.
Right now, the new bistro is in the permit and construction phase, but just this week, a sign was posted in the window – Entre Amis Bistrot will open in March 2015.
I’ve walked by the location dozens of times looking for signs of life. Today, a tip from a reader (thanks, Mark!) clued us in to a sign announcing the new French restaurant – about 10 minutes after I walked by the location and missed it.
Thanks as always to our readers for catching those items we sometimes miss – and, get ready for a return to French cuisine on Queen Anne Ave!
Tags: business opening, Entre Amis, new restaurant