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New French bistro Entre Amis to open in March

January 21st, 2015 by Laura

Cioppino paperedA 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.

Entre Amis signRight 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!

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Holy Mountain Brewing Taproom opens this Friday on Elliott Ave W

January 17th, 2015 by Laura

Holy Mountain bldgHow long does it take from liquor license to taproom? About 8 months of hard work. Last May, local Holy Mountain Brewing Company was granted a liquor license for a brewery and taproom at 1421 Elliott Ave W, and the team behind Holy Mountain has been very busy since then, building out a taproom at the base of Queen Anne.

The 10,000 square foot warehouse has been completely transformed into a brewery and taproom, the latter ready for beer lovers this Friday. The taproom will have booths, a bar, a view into the brewery, and most importantly, 12 taps with a draught system designed to utilize a high pressure, direct draw system.

Holy Mountain taproom interiorAccording to Holy Mountain, “each tap is regulated separately to insure the carbonation level of the beer stays exactly as it was intended.” All 12 taps will be stocked with Holy Mountain beers, including two nitro taps.

Local beer aficionados are likely already familiar with Holy Mountain. The team began brewing in October, distributing their creations in the local area as they worked behind the scenes on the taproom. (The Masonry on Lower Queen Anne serves Holy Mountain on tap.)

Holy Mountain brewery viewThe Grand Opening weekend starts Friday January 23rd at 3pm and Skillet Street Food will be at the site to serve tasty bites to go with Holy Mountain’s beers. The celebration continues on Saturday and Sunday, starting at noon both days.

Post Grand Opening weekend, the taproom will commence regular operating hours: Monday and Thursday 3pm to ­9pm, Friday 3pm to­10pm, Saturday noon to 10pm, and Sunday noon-9pm. The taproom will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Holy Mountain beerHoly Mountain’s Kiln & Cone, the house pale ale, will be available in prefilled 32 oz growlers. Select beers will be available for on­-demand growler fills after the grand opening weekend.

Per Holy Mountiain, beers available on draught will include:

  • Kiln & Cone, an aromatic american pale ale
  • King’s Head, a double brown ale brewed with oats
  • King’s Head with coffee on nitro
  • The Gray Tower, batch 1, the first in a series of blended brettanomyces aged saisons, batch 1 was partially fermented and aged in an oak foudre (only two kegs left in existence)
  • Gose, a tart german­style wheat beer fermented in barrels with coriander
  • Bonne Nuit, a belgian style strong ale brewed with american hops
  • Astral Projection, a massively hoppy Double IPA
  • Watchman’s House, a common lager fermented in rye whiskey barrels
  • The Seer, a hoppy saison
  • The Ox, a farmhouse ale brewed with orange zest
  • Wayward Black Beer, brewed in the spirit of the great english porters and dark milds
  • Lager Beer, a well hopped golden lager 

To make it even easier to find Holy Mountain, their blog has published both a map and directions – making navigating Interbay even easier:

Holy Mountain map

“The taproom has parking on the west side of the building, which can be accessed from the alley off of W Galer St under the Magnolia overpass, or W Lee St, next to the Dog Lounge. There is also access from Elliott Ave, including ADA access.”

Get ready to welcome the new taproom to Interbay, just be sure you’re 21 or over and leave the pups at home, the taproom is 21+ and pet-free. Cheers!

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Ikiiki Sushi coming soon to old Chinoise spot

January 4th, 2015 by Laura

Ikiiki bannerThere was activity this weekend at 12 Boston St, the former home of Chinoise Café. Ikiiki Sushi is moving in and moving tables, chairs, and artwork around. A sign on their door says “opening soon” – and the menu has been updated with the Queen Anne location address.

Ikiiki Sushi menu frontThe Queen Anne location is not Ikiiki Sushi’s first venture. The owners also operate an Ikiiki Sushi in Kenmore (northeast of Lake Washington). The menu is identical for both and it’s not limited to sushi alone.

Like its predecessor, Ikiiki Sushi will also offer Chinese and Japanese entrees, noodles, and soups. You’ll even see some familiar pan-Asian dishes that were served at Chinoise such as Mongolian Beef, Singapore Style Fried Vermicelli, Phad Thai, and General Tao’s Chicken.

You can check out Ikiiki’s full menu here, and stay tuned for an opening in the near future.

Edited to add new photo of Ikiiki awning.

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Chinoise Café closing after 18 years on Queen Anne

December 29th, 2014 by Laura

Chinoise closingA sign on the door of Chinoise Café confirms speculation that the restaurant is closing on December 31st. The pan-Asian café has been on Queen Anne for 18 years, and a little over a year ago it opened a second location in the Issaquah Highlands.

The Issaquah location will remain open as the Queen Anne location at 12 Boston St closes. But, fear not, the space will not remain vacant for long.

Chinoise storefrontA new sushi place, Ikiki Sushi, will be opening soon. Ikiki has already applied to take over Chinoise’s liquor license as of December 31st.

Chinoise’s statement on the sign (and on their web site) welcomes the new owner, Ping Wong, and Ikiiki Sushi.

No opening date yet, so stay tuned. Stop by and wish Thoa best wishes in her new endeavors and get ready to welcome Ikiiki to Queen Anne.

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Holiday Social this Sunday features Queen Anne restaurants and shops

November 24th, 2014 by Laura

Holiday SocialGet ready to tantalize your tastebuds and get to know some of our Queen Anne merchants at a Holiday Social this Sunday, November 30th. A group of merchants and restaurants are getting together to celebrate both the season and the shops closest to the Counterbalance.

LloydMartin, Chocolopolis, Queen Anne Olive Oil, Cederberg Tea House, and Robert Ramsay Cellars are joining forces to bring tasty bites to neighbors. The event will run from 2pm to 5pm in the alcove between Queen Anne Olive Oil and Robert Ramsay Cellars.

RR QAOO event spot

Holiday Social staging area

LloydMartin chef Sam Crannell is helping organize the event, where he’ll be serving dishes made with ingredients from the participating shops. On tap are a Maple Sweet Potato Gratin with Chocolate and a Pumpkin Seed Streusel made with Chocolopolis Spicy Mole Mix. Olive oil samples will be on hand from Queen Anne Olive Oil and wine pairings will be featured by Robert Ramsey Winery.

The event is free and open to all. The dishes served will be simple, with recipes available for you to take and replicate the tastes at home. The participating merchants are taking the opportunity to celebrate our neighborhood and community as the holidays approach, enjoy!

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Lahi pop up returns to Grub this Monday

November 15th, 2014 by Laura

Since Grub is closed on Mondays, owner Sharon Fillingim often turns over her kitchen to up-and-coming restaurants. This Monday, November 17th, Filipino pop up Lahi returns to Grub’s spot at 7 Boston St with a new 5-course menu.

If you’re unfamiliar with Lahi, they’ve been at Grub before and this past August they traveled to San Francisco for Savor Filipino, where Filipino chefs from all over the country converged to showcase their cuisine. Lahi was the only restaurant from the Pacific Northwest to attend the event.

Lahi owner Irbille Donia is planning 6 months of pop ups in anticipation of opening a restaurant in September of next year. Donia’s goal is a “modern reinterpretation of Filipino flavors with Northwest ingredients elevated by the care for those ingredients” – you can check out their planned menu below:

Lahi Print Menu Nov

The Lahi pop up runs from 5pm to 10pm on Monday at Grub with a 5-course meal at $45. You can make reservations via Lahi’s Facebook page.

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Make your reservations now, Restaurant Week begins next Sunday

October 12th, 2014 by Laura

Restaurant Week logoIt’s that time again, Restaurant Week begins next Sunday, October 19th. The week is actually 10 days, running Sunday through Thursday the weeks of October 19th and October 26th (October 19-23 and 26-30).

Specially priced Restaurant Week menus take Fridays and Saturdays off, but during the week, you can get 3-course dinners for $30 and $15 two-course lunches at those restaurants open for lunch.

As with weeks past, the Seattle Times site has restaurants searchable by neighborhood or by type of meal (e.g. lunch, dinner). Here are the participating Queen Anne restaurants:

Agave Cocina & Tequilas

Betty Restaurant & Bar

Crow Restaurant & Bar

Melting Pot- Seattle

Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge

Ponti Seafood Grill

Roaring Bowl Restaurant

Ten Mercer

Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge

You can make reservations online. Please note that drinks, tax, and tip are not included in the price.

Updated to add Crow to the list (doesn’t come up in the neighborhood search).

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Seattle Cookie Counter starts Wednesday service at Umpqua Bank today

October 8th, 2014 by Laura

Seattle Cookie Counter VWYou may have seen the Seattle Cookie Counter blue and white VW van at Ken’s Market in the past few months. Now, the vegan ice cream sandwich truck has found a regular Queen Anne spot at the Upper Queen Anne Umpqua Bank parking lot.

You can get ice cream sandwiches, hand pies, and cookies every Wednesday at Umpqua Bank from noon to 6pm (hint: they’re there now).

Everything from Seattle Cookie Counter is dairy free and vegan, and they also have gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free options. You can check out their wares on their Facebook page, or stop by Umpqua Bank today at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N or any future Wednesday.

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Bustle Caffe adds breakfast to their menu

October 4th, 2014 by Laura

BustleBustle Caffe isn’t a new addition to Queen Anne, but their new breakfast menu is a new option for early morning meals.

The coffee spot that opened in 2009 has long had lunch sandwiches available to go along with your beverage choices, and now you can grab breakfast too.

The new breakfast menu features made to order breakfast sandwiches, and waffles will be on the menu in about two weeks. Here’s the sandwich line-up:

Bustle Breakfast

Bustle is busy recipe testing to get ready for the waffle launch. No definite waffle menu yet, but Bustle’s current waffle thinking is along these lines: caramelized white and brown sugar, nutella, banana and whip cream, and bacon-bit-berry compote. They may also make some breakfast sandwiches with waffles.

Enjoy the new breakfast addition to the top of Queen Anne, stop by Bustle at the corner of 6th Ave W and McGraw to check it out.

Updated to add the breakfast sandwich menu, enjoy!

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Zeek’s Pizza opening on Upper Queen Anne in September

August 4th, 2014 by Laura

Zeeks temp signBack in April, we posted the news that Zeek’s Pizza would be opening an Upper Queen Anne location. We were tipped by a reader who saw the liquor license application on the Seven Hills building window.

It’s been a few months now, but work is kicking into high gear at the 1919 Queen Anne Ave N spot. A fence is up around the construction area and a temporary sign is up.

According to a tweet from Zeek’s, we can expect them to start serving pies at Seven Hills in September:

Zeeks September

Start checking your weekly junk mailers for Zeek’s coupons – if they have an expiry date of September or later, you can save them for the new location!

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Grab your bike! Spoke & Food comes to Grub on Queen Anne tonight

July 29th, 2014 by Laura

Spoke & FoodSummer weather continues, it’s a great time to get out on your bike! And, with the Spoke & Food event, you can ride your bike to dinner tonight (Tuesday, July 29) and have 20% of your bill go to a local non-profit that rotates each year.

Spoke & Food has partnered with Seattle restaurants for the event, with the host restaurants donating 20% of their evening’s revenues to Outdoors for All Foundation – a non-profit that provides instruction in outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities. The organization’s programs “encourage and enable more than 2,000 children and adults with disabilities to exercise their abilities outdoors.”

Grub is the only Queen Anne restaurant on the list, so grab your bike and head to Grub tonight. Additional Seattle restaurants are listed on the event’s web site.

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New Mexican restaurant Nana’s set to open in early August

July 19th, 2014 by Laura

Nanas Full

We first posted about the old Emmer & Rye building becoming a new family Mexican restaurant back in May.

There’s been a lot of work done to the building’s exterior – paint, building décor, and a giant rooster in the courtyard. Now, there’s a sign for Nana’s, a family Mexican restaurant.

According to a Craigslist posting for jobs (they’re hiring from front of house to kitchen), the restaurant hit a few delays and is now set to open August 6th.

Nanas signThe previous May listing for open positions described the restaurant as “traditional Mexican food with accents of American fare. We will be working with family handed down recipes and new food concepts.”

The restaurant will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-9pm with breakfast service on the weekends. Assuming no more unexpected delays, we’ll be able to welcome a new restaurant to the long-vacant Emmer & Rye building at 1825 Queen Anne Ave N next month.

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