Entries Tagged as 'Restaurants'
August 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Late last week, a reader let us know that Entre Amis would be closing yesterday, Sunday, August 2nd. I contacted owner Benjamin Bernard-luneau and he confirmed that the rumor was true. However, up until last night, he was hopeful there would be an alternative to closing the popular French restaurant on Queen Anne Ave N.
Unlike most of our business closings, this one has nothing to do with rent increases or retirement plans. Benjamin needs to return to France for a bit, and until he can find someone to “keep the concept of Entre Amis alive”, the restaurant will remain closed.
He hopes to come back to the restaurant or find someone to run it in his absence. As of today, Entre Amis is shuttered. Benjamin wanted to pass along his thanks to all of the Queen Anne residents who dined at Entre Amis since it opened this past Spring.
Tags: business closing, Entre Amis, French restaurant, restaurant closing
July 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
A reader tipped us to a restaurant closing – this time, Hommage is planning to close in mid-August. Just a year ago, we posted on the new restaurant that was going into the old Book Bindery spot. Barely open a year, the French-inspired restaurant opened in the old Book Bindery location at 198 Nickerson St, next to the ship canal. (Book Bindery had a 4-year run, if you’re counting)
Chef Nico Borzee was hired on for the new Hommage restaurant concept and Michael and Sumi Almquist kept ownership as the restaurant changed from Book Bindery to Hommage.
No word on upcoming plans for the space.
Tags: business closing, Hommage, restaurant closing
July 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda
As we reported back on August 14th of last year, a beer hall is coming to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown. The Queen Anne Beerhall is planning to open almost exactly a year after our post (mid-August).
The old Cotton Caboodle building at 203 W Thomas St has been transformed into an enormous 6,700 square foot European-style beer hall. All that space houses custom 10-14 foot wooden tables that’ll seat up to 300 guests, a stage for live music, and a 45-foot long bar – plus, an “Austro-Hungarian cuisine with a Northwest twist” and, of course, beer. The latter will range from imported European beers to local crafts beers.
The Queen Anne Beerhall borrows its design from two similar East coast ventures by co-founders Andrej Ivanov and Ladislav Sebestyan – Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten and Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, both in New Jersey. Along with local owner Lubomir Katrusin, they’re bringing in some Northwest expertise from Seattle-area chef Robert Mullins, who’ll head up the menu.
If all goes as planned, this time next month the Queen Anne Beerhall will be open for business, seven days a week from 4pm to 2am.
Tags: beer, new business, new restaurant, Queen Anne Beerhall
June 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
One of the most frequently asked questions I get lately is “what’s happening with the Grub space” or “when is Bounty Kitchen opening” – and here’s your answer!
Bounty Kitchen will be open at 7 Boston Street starting this Wednesday, June 10th, serving “imaginative salads and healthy bowls with layers of texture from old fashioned cooking techniques like pickling, fermenting, roasting and grilling as well as raw and flavors borrowed from ancient cultures and modern blends.”
Bounty Kitchen’s owners have been hard at work, and by that I mean seriously hard labor. They moved into the space thinking it’d be a remodel and ended up with a full rebuild, including the kitchen. Exposing the original ceiling and installing new walls, plumbing, electrical, and flooring make up a brand new space for Bounty Kitchen and its crew – here they are at a training/tasting team event in the newly refurbished spot:
The new restaurant will focus on local, sustainable produce, and if you’re fans of the Queen Anne Farmers Market, then you’ll likely recognize Present Tense Farm as one of their suppliers. Bounty Kitchen will be using their produce and partnering with them for upcoming market dinners. Here’s a recent “field trip” (figuratively and literally) to Present Tense’s Carnation farm:
You can check out Bounty Kitchen’s June menu online here to whet your whistle or plan ahead. You’ll see that they have a variety of breakfast options too.
Bounty Kitchen will be open on Wednesday, June 10th and beyond. They’ll be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week (7:30am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday). Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!
Tags: Bounty Kitchen, new restaurant, restaurant opening
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