Entries Tagged as 'Restaurants'
September 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
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.
After 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!
Tags: business closing, La Luna, restaurant closing
September 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda
When 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.
Tags: Eden Hill, Maximillian Petty, restaurant
August 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
It’s been a month since Krua Thai ceased business on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, but the official announcement was just posted today. The restaurant first opened on Queen Anne in October 2012. The Thai spot will continue to operate its original location in Ravenna. No word yet on a new tenant for the 12 Mercer Street location.
Tags: business closing, business closure, Krua Thai, restaurant closing, thai
August 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
The space formerly occupied by Entre Amis is not going to be vacant for long, as Chef Maximillian Petty is getting ready to launch Eden Hill. Eater Seattle first broke the story late last week when a liquor license was posted at the former French bistro. (thanks to readers who also sent us liquor license photos – we’ve been busy doing our research)
Petty is not new to the restaurant world or press – Zagat named him one of Austin’s top chefs in 2014 with their 30 Under 30 feature, Austin Man Magazine named him the Culinary Arts and Hospitality winner for 40 under 40, PRIME Living profiled him, and CultureTime featured an interview with him the same year. Things are moving very quickly – soon, we’ll have a new restaurant in the space at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N as he plans to open Eden Hill by the end of this month, or at the latest, September.
We got in touch with owner and chef Maximillian to find out more about the small plate menu he has in the works, what brings him to Queen Anne, and more on how Eden Hill fits into our neighborhood. He’s been busy moving cross-country to return to Seattle, but was kind enough to take a break and answer some questions.
All photos below are from his Instagram account, to visually whet your appetite as you learn more about our newest restaurateur:
How would you describe the concept of Eden Hill? Is there any specific inspiration for the flavors?
We are presenting Queen Anne with an avant garde small/share plates menu of about 13 items. Mostly new American cuisine but also branching out to what inspires me and my staff. Where I’ve lived, what I’ve eaten, the produce around me in the Pacific Northwest. Moving away from labeling such food as “foreign”, “domestic” or “regional” and transforming the experience to everyone involved to be about who we are “staff”. More personal and emotional.
We will be opening the doors each day like it was our backyard and everyone in Queen Anne were our neighbors, because they are, and inviting them over to eat, drink, share, and enjoy. Share plates focusing on the bounty around us, the art that inspires us and the science that intrigues us.
Will the menu rotate, and if so, how frequently?
The menu will be based around the produce available to me as fresh and local as possible. i.e the Queen Anne farmers market. (A favorite of mine). I will do a large overhaul of the menu every season to really represent what it’s providing. Weekly chalk board specials will be showcased for those that frequent and want more.
What brings you back to Seattle? Any particular reason you chose Queen Anne for your new restaurant? Thoughts on the neighborhood?
I am going to answer two in one. Because they tie in.
So I decided to return to Seattle because of family. I’ve been talking about moving back since I was 18 and I was recently at a place in my life where I could return. My family is spread out all over the Pacific Northwest.
Every time I have dreamed and looked at where I might want to reside some day, Queen Anne was consistently at the top of the list. The beauty, the people and the culture. So while deciding to move there, at the same time I realized that that exact list of attributes is what I am looking for when I open a restaurant some day. It was too perfect when I discovered the Eden Hill space. I had looked at that corner of Boston and Queen Anne a year ago and many times since then because I daily dream of a restaurant there.
Nothing ever came to fruition until this last June. I was walking around that exact neighborhood during a family visit, when I stumbled into the space. Drawn in by its beauty and location I went in to ask some questions (mostly about another space near by) when Benjamin [owner of Entre Amis] informed me that he was contemplating selling and after that it took a few months of planning and today I stand keys in hand. Still in disbelief. The space has been opened and closed by a large handful of owners and that was a big red flag to me. I hope to break that pattern and create a delectable institution for Queen Anne to be proud of.
Any specifics on when you expect to open? End of August is soon, did it help that Entre Amis had been there previously – meaning it was “move-in ready” – and are you making any changes?
We will be doing minor decor changes, but no major construction. Benjamin did such a beautiful job updating the space so it was very helpful. So now we are just waiting on a few inspections. End of August is aggressive and there is a good chance the opening will spill over into the first couple weeks in September.
With so many vacant storefronts on Queen Anne, it’s great to have a new restaurant opening so quickly in the old Portage spot. Entre Amis was here all too briefly, but it sounds like Eden Hill and Maximillian Petty are here to stay. Be sure to stop by and welcome Chef Maximillian to Queen Anne!
Tags: chef, Eden Hill, Maximillian Petty, new business, new restaurant, restaurant, small plates
August 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Crumpet café Queen Bee is planning to open its second location next month, bringing fresh crumpets and crumpwiches (signature sandwiches on crumpets) to Queen Anne. The crumpet and coffee shop is planning a mid-September opening in the Aegis Living building at 223 W Galer St.
Owned and operated by Aegis CEO Dwayne Clark, Queen Bee has an interesting backstory and operating model. While most retirement communities have retail located on-site, Queen Bee is designed to be a spot for all neighborhood residents – and it gives back to the community too.
Queen Bee is named after Dwayne’s English mother, a line cook who was “the Queen Bee of the family”. With meager means, she fed her family with potatoes she got from work – and she paid back the potatoes with interest, instilling a sense of giving back in her family.
As a nod to Dwayne’s mother, traditional English crumpets make up the menu and giving back is at the core of Queen Bee’s business model – Queen Bee gives 100% of its profits to local charities. The charity changes quarterly, and first up for the Queen Anne location will be the Queen Anne Helpline.
Queen Bee’s menu is online, and you can also read about the original location on Yelp – it’s a popular spot over on E Madison. The Queen Anne café is designed to be a meeting place, dining spot, and take-out shop for crumpets and crumpwiches to go.
Queen Bee is “excited to be part of the Queen Anne neighborhood” and start giving back to the community. They’re planning a late September opening, so stay tuned for an official opening date and get ready to help the Helpline in Queen Bee’s first 3 months on Queen Anne!
Tags: aegis, business opening, crumpets, Queen Bee, restaurant opening
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