Entries Tagged as 'Restaurants'
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
January 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
How 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.
According 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.)
The 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’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:
“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!
Tags: brewery, grand opening, Holy Mountain Brewing, taproom
January 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
There 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.
The 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.
Tags: business opening, Ikiiki Sushi, new restaurant
December 29th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
A 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.
A 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.
Tags: business closing, Chinoise Cafe, Ikiiki Sushi, restaurant closing, restaurant opening
November 24th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
Get 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.
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!
Tags: Cederberg Tea House, Chocolopolis, Holiday Social, LloydMartin, Queen Anne Olive Oil, Robert Ramsay Cellars
November 15th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
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:
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.
Tags: Filipino cuisine, Grub, Lahi, pop-up