Summer 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.
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.
The 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.
On June 28th a tweet from The Book Bindery said farewell after 4 years. The French-inspired restaurant near the Ship Canal closed up shop as its owners, Michael and Sumi Almquist, decided to move on to another venture. They’re retaining ownership and have brought chef Nico Borzee on board for a new restaurant concept, Hommage.
The restaurant is now undergoing renovations as Borzee prepares to open Hommage in August.
According to a profile of Borzee published today by Eater Seattle, he’s planning to open a restaurant with a broad-ranging Mediterranean influence – from Italy to North Africa to Greece – that focuses on using local ingredients.
Previously at Artusi, Borzee started cooking at age 15 and has an impressive resume. With Hommage, he’s working with the Almquists to bring a new dining experience to the Book Bindery location.
According to Borzee, “The menu will change regularly. It will rotate, but we will probably have the same bases so we’re not changing it completely. But yes, I think it will change a lot. Maybe every week, some dishes every day.”
You can read more about Hommage in Eater’s interview with Borzee online.
You may have noticed the mini-storefront at Grub over the past week or so. Dimples, a new waffle and juice pop up, had a soft opening this morning at the storefront.
Dimples is operating out of Grub’s kitchen window, and will be open 9am-noon Tuesdays through Fridays. The mastermind behind it hopes the spot will last longer than most pop ups and become a permanent fixture.
Smoothies will be coming soon, in the meantime, here’s the menu:
Liege waffle with bacon, brie, basil, and apricot reserves
Liege waffle with Nutella, bananas, and whipped cream
Back in May, we put out the call for diners who wanted to enjoy a meal at Grub and get their 15 minutes of fame at the same time. The local restaurant was filmed for an episode of Check Please! Northwest, a local KCTS 9 show that features Seattle-area restaurants based on viewer suggestions.
Grub’s debut on Check, Please! Northwest airs tomorrow, Thursday, July 3rd, at 7:30pm on KCTS 9. It’s featured along with Bellevue’s Din Tai Fung and Bothell’s Preservation Kitchen.
“Gumboot dancing originated in southern African gold mines where workers were chained together and not allowed to speak. They devised a means of communication by stomping their Wellington boots (which were called gumboots), slapping them, and rattling their chains. It also served as a form of entertainment when drumming was outlawed by the authorities; the workers expressed rhythm and music through the Gumboot Dance.”
Stop by on Sunday to wish Cederberg a happy anniversary and enjoy the celebration! And, if you forgot to catch the shop on Evening Magazine earlier this evening, click the image below for the feature on Cederberg:
The filming will take place at Cederberg early in the day on Tuesday, June 17th, beginning at at 10am. The process to film the segment will take about an hour as the crew films Cederberg’s specialty South African baked goods and rooibos espresso drinks.
Customers are welcome to visit Cederberg during the filming, and the more customers, the better. If Cederberg is your regular morning hang-out, show your support on Tuesday. If you haven’t tried their wares yet, stop by 1417 Queen Anne Ave N to see them in action and get a taste of South Africa.
The show will air at 7pm on Tuesday, June 17th on KING 5 – set your recording devices!
Have you been to Napkin Friends yet? The food truck was in the Upper Queen Anne Umpqua Bank parking lot twice last month, serving up their version of “Jewish food with a twist” – their signature Panini is the Latke Press Sandwich which uses two latkes (potato pancakes) instead of bread to envelop the sandwich filling.
Napkin Friends is owned by Queen Anne resident Jonny Silverberg, previously a chef at Pomegranate. You can see him in action, talking about the latke press sandwich concept, and making variations of the sandwiches, in the video below:
Silverberg will be bringing the Napkin Friends truck back to Queen Anne in both June and July. You can find the truck at the Umpqua parking lot tomorrow, June 7th from 11am-2pm, as well as on June 21st, July 12th, and July 26th.
In addition to the regular menu, there will be one special each shift, focused on summer flavors. You can track the truck and their specials via Twitter, Facebook, or their web site.
Still on the fence? Well, this week Zagat named Napkin Friends as one of seven Seattle food trucks that “live up to the hype” and if you want a sneak peek at the Napkin Friends team in action, you can watch the KING 5 Evening Magazine feature on them – just click the image below (fast forward to about the 3-minute mark for the feature):
If your mouth is watering, mark your calendars for the dates when Napkin Friends will be on Queen Anne. And, yes, there will be napkins!
It’s that time of year again, commencement season! Congrats to Queen Anne graduates, and to help celebrate, Dick’s Drive-In is holding is annual free cheeseburger (or regular burger, if cheese isn’t your thing) giveaway now through June 21st.
This year marks the 19th year of the free burgers-for-grads event at Dick’s. Any high school or college graduate who shows up at any Dick’s location – including our own Queen Anne location – in their cap and gown gets a free cheeseburger or regular hamburger.
The Emmer & Rye building has been vacant since it closed in October 2012, but something is happening at the house at 1825 Queen Anne Ave N. A colorful new paint job is in the works, bright red flowers were installed today on the building, and the Emmer & Rye menus have finally been taken down.
Thanks to a tip from a reader (thanks, Aaron!), we know that there’s a Craigslist posting for a new Mexican restaurant on top of Queen Anne.
Since the restaurant space in the Towne isn’t yet leased, we’ve done some sleuthing (aka walking up and down Queen Anne Ave to identify potential restaurant spots). Then, another anonymous tip came in late last week that there was some painting activity at the location.
The painters working on the building today told me “it’s a restaurant” and when I asked if it’s the new Mexican place, the answer was “yes” and they’re painting the outside to get ready for the opening.
No response from the Craigslist listing owner, but it sounds like training and prepping the space will take place this month for a mid-June opening.
The Craigslist listing describes the new restaurant as “traditional Mexican food with accents of American fare. We will be working with family handed down recipes and new food concepts. We will be serving Lunch & Dinner 5 days a week (Wednesday -Sunday).”
Right now, we’re piecing together activity at Emmer & Rye, the Craigslist post, the friendly painters working on the outside, and fresh patio paint – it all adds up to a rumor, but one that may likely prove true. Stay tuned!
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