Queen Bee to serve fresh crumpets and more on Queen Anne

Queen Bee signCrumpet 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 bldgQueen 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.

Helpline logoAs 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!

Bounty Kitchen opens its doors this Wednesday

Bounty Kitchen logoOne 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:

 Bounty Team

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:

Present Tense

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!

French bistro Entre Amis is now open for business on Queen Anne

Entre Amis signLast 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.

Entre Amis extThe 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!

Chinoise Café closing after 18 years on Queen Anne

Chinoise closingA 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.

Chinoise storefrontA 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.

Mashawi Now Open and Celebrating with Grand Opening on Friday

You may recall that a reader tipped us to a new restaurant at 366 Roy Street back in November – well, Mashawi Mediterranean Cuisine is now open. After a soft opening the past week or so, they’re ready to celebrate and welcome neighbors with a Grand Opening on Friday, January 18th.

Mashawi is a family-owned restaurant run by brothers Paul and Khalil, who are originally from Lebanon and are focusing on their native cuisine. The brothers used to live and work on Queen Anne as chefs, and were drawn to the neighborhood for their new restaurant.

The Grand Opening begins at 2pm on Friday, with free Turkish coffee, baklava, and a free appetizer with purchase of an entree. (note: dine in only; one per person)

According to co-owner Paul:

“We want everyone to feel at home in our place and our philosophy is; when you’re in Mashawi’s, you’re going to be treated like family.”

So, stop by Mashawi on Friday for the Grand Opening and welcome them to Queen Anne!

Mashawi Mediterranean Opening Soon on Roy

Have I mentioned how much we love reader tips? Well, we do! I was less than a block from seeing this sign in person last night, but felt queasy from a flu shot, so went home and missed what a reader was savvy enough to snap and send – a new sign at the old Asian Breeze restaurant storefront at 366 Roy. Thanks to Mark for the tip and photo!

According to the sign, Mashawi Mediterranean is opening “soon” in the location – no word yet from the owner(s), but we’ll be watching this one. At this point, all I can pass along is that mashawi are “classic Arab food staples that consist of barbecued meat and poultry such as kebab and shish taouk. The most common types of meat used to make mashawi are lamb, beef and chicken. Pork is never used in authentic mashawi.”

Mashawi will be the second Mediterranean restaurant in the location, Mediterranean Kitchen occupied the space prior to Asian Breeze.

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