New Mediterranean restaurant Grappa to open in old La Luna space

Grappa doorThe corner restaurant space at the intersection of Boston St and Queen Anne Ave N has been vacant since La Luna abruptly closed and moved out at the end of August. There were signs of life in October, as the “for lease” sign came down and the windows were papered over.

Yesterday, those same windows had signs for Grappa, a new restaurant coming soon to 2 Boston St. I contacted the owners and they shared insights on what’s to come before the New Year ticks over on the calendar.

Both owners have 20+ years of combined experience in the restaurant business, and they’re applying their hands-on knowledge to Grappa, a Mediterranean restaurant with a focus on Italian and Greek cuisine. They were both born and raised in the Mediterranean region, and they hope to bring the concept of cuisine “developed around family” to Queen Anne – and that family-oriented concept is a big reason for selecting Queen Anne as the neighborhood home for Grappa.

Grappa websiteThey’ve already seen “huge support from the neighbors, which makes us even more excited about this project” – you may have noticed that the restaurant participated in Halloween trick-or-treating, and I’ve received a lot of reader emails asking what’s happening, and a slew of photos of the signs in the past 24 hours (thanks, readers!).

Grappa, as its name implies, will serve an extensive selection of grappa, as well as a wine list with both Mediterranean and local wine, and a full bar. It’s set to open around mid-December, and will be open every day for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. Stay tuned for a final opening date and be sure to stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Eden Hill joins the Queen Anne brunch scene starting this Sunday

Our newest Queen Anne restaurant, Eden Hill, is jumping into the list of Queen Anne restaurants serving Sunday brunch. When Eden Hill first opened, brunch was “coming soon” and it’ll be here this Sunday.

Eden Hill doorEden Hill will serve brunch from 10am to 2:30pm on Sundays, and they’ll accept reservations too. Every Sunday will bring a new punch recipe served in glasses from a matching vintage punch bowl.

They’re keeping it local with chocolate sauce from Bellflower Chocolate, a Queen Anne chocolate company you may know from the Queen Anne Farmers Market. And the menu will range from sweet hazelnut cinnamon buns (Chef Max’s mom’s recipe) to 48-hour Wagyu shortrib soft tacos with house-made crème fraiche and red wine cabbage.

Plus, a Bloody Mary recipe that brings together local vodka, fresh tomatoes, and Taylor Shellfish mussels, and a poached egg that goes beyond the traditional to include twice-smoked bacon lardons and fried focaccia.

Add Eden Hill to your roster of Queen Anne brunch spots as it joins the ranks that include 5 Spot, Bounty Kitchen, Toulouse Petit, and more.

Macrina closing early this week to remodel the McGraw location

Macrina Closing EarlyThe Queen Anne Macrina Bakery will be closing at 1pm every day this week, starting tomorrow, Monday, October 5th, through Friday, October 9th. Per their sandwich board, the bakery will be upgrading the spot at 615 W McGraw St.

The bakery will open at its usual 7am and close early at 1pm through this week.

Plan ahead and get your Macrina goods before 1pm this week. And, look forward to a “better bakery” soon.

Queen Bee Café opens with fresh crumpets and more this Saturday

Queen Bee signWe first provided the run-down on Queen Bee Café last month, and the grand opening is now set for this Saturday, September 26th. The café specializes in crumpets and sandwiches made with crumpets aka crumpwiches, and it’ll also serve coffee, tea, and other beverages as well.

The crumpet and coffee shop will be located in the Aegis Living building at 223 W Galer St, with chef Justin Sledge, formerly of Café Juanita and currently of Queen Bee’s other location on Capitol Hill, at the helm of it’s crumpet creations.

Aside from the crumpets, another good reason to try Queen Bee is their philanthropic approach to the business. Each quarter, all profits go to a selected charity – and first up is the Queen Anne Helpline.

If you’d like to check out the making of a crumpwich, and see the good work of the Queen Anne Helpline highlighted too, check out the segment that aired earlier today on New Day Northwest:

Queen Bee Cafe video

Crumpet fans: mark your calendars for Saturday and beyond!

La Luna closed earlier this week

Notice the lack of posts since last Friday? Thank a horrible migraine. I’m just now catching up on tips and email from readers, and there are a lot of queries and tips about La Luna, the Mexican restaurant at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N.

La Luna signAfter several rumors in late August, the restaurant closed up shop without any official notice or posting on the door. Several readers said the restaurant staff had told them that August 31 would be its last day, and thanks to readers, we were alerted to La Luna closing its doors and “gutting” the interior and removing the outdoor seating. (note: all of these reader emails came in while I was unable to look at screens – thanks to all who sent in info, apologies I was out of commission)

In the recent past, the business has been for sale on Craigslist. But, there are no current listings on the usual sites and no new liquor applications for the location. We’ll post on any new information as soon as we have it – and send any tips via email. Thanks, readers!

Eden Hill opens its doors this Friday

Eden Hill opening signWhen we last connected with Eden Hill owner and chef Maximillian Petty, he was shooting for an end-of-August/early-September opening date. If you’ve been intrigued by our previous post’s photos or his past tenures in Austin or D.C., opening day for Chef Maximillian’s Eden Hill is tomorrow, Friday, September 4th.

The first menu (it will change seasonally) promises a range of items. The space at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N is small, so be sure to call ahead for reservations. You can reach Eden Hill at 206-708-6836 to make reservations for dining during regular hours of 5pm-10pm Tuesday through Saturday. Plus, they are open for brunch on Sundays from 10am-2:30pm.

If you didn’t catch our introductory post on Eden Hill, you can catch it along with an interview with Chef Maximillian Petty here.

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