White Center's Massive New Beer Hall Now Pouring
"Get ready Seattle!" warned Beer Star (White Center's massive new beer project from the group behind Bastille and Poquitos) when announcing their opening last Friday. Is Seattle ever not ready for more craft beer, really? The sprawling new beer hall will feature not one but two subcontracted dining options within—a Lil' Woody's and one yet to be announced—as well as a metric shit-ton of beer:
Also happy to report that, as evidenced by the glimpse you can catch of their massive cooler structure above, I was so right about the "white subway tile everywhere in 2017" thing.
Not the Medicine I Was Accustomed to Taking at Charlie's
The former Charlie's on Broadway space will soon become a CityMD, reports CHS Blog. CityMD is a multi-care quick serve clinic from CHI Franciscan Health, similar to the ZoomCare chain. So instead of self-medication, it'll be actual medication. More cheap healthcare providers are chill and all, especially since Paul Ryan is getting probably the fourth boner of his life (after 3 kids) taking everyone's health insurance away, but I still miss the booze and pool tables and strange-but-great fries and guac combo they used to serve.
Bodegita Bids Us Adios
Manu's Bodegita, the lovely Dominican walk-up window that replaced Little Uncle, recently announced on Facebook that they're done. The closure is, according to the post, an effort to refocus on Manu Alfau's two Pioneer Square ventures, the original Manu's Bodega and the newish Manu's Tacos.
I, for one, am sad to see the Bodegita go. I visit the original Bodega frequently to get my puerco asado fix, but I once stopped by the Bodegita and grabbed a sandwich and a fish empanada before going skateboarding. Even though I immediately forgot about both and spent the next two skating, the fish empanada was somehow still good cold. I can't even begin to describe how impressive that is, and I'll sorely miss the portable and reliably good dumplings' presence on the Hill.
Louisa's to Become Otter Bar
The former Louisa's space on Eastlake will be replaced with Otter Bar and Burgers, reports Eater. It's owned by the Blue Water Taco Grill group, and will be seaplane themed. (The Otter name is in reference to a propellor plane, not the adorable animals that we all watch videos of on Twitter to momentarily obfuscate the rest of the bleak, soul-crushing news cycle.) Also, Zephyr Paquette, owner of the ill-fated-but-well-loved Skelly and the Bean, is the general manager, so that's something?
"The papers are already starting to write about us," they recently posted on Facebook, above a link to Eater's announcement. Clearly, they've got a lot to learn about how we hungry jackals stalk the WSLCB's liquor license application page for a living.
The Erotic Bakery is Pretty Square These Days
Seattle's former destination for dick cakes, Wallingford's Erotic Bakery, which closed in 2014, will be a bakery once more. This time, it's Cubes Baking Co., whose gimmick is pretty obvious from the name: All of their treats come in the shape of a cube. They opened on the 23rd, reports the Wallyhood blog. The place is styled as a Mexican panadería, and run by local cake boss Kevin Moulder. Wallyhood lauds them as a "fun, creative, colorful, noncorporate shop" and a "welcome addition to the neighborhood."
Wallingford is Also Getting a New Bar
In addition to possessing the worst pun ever made for a name, Wallyhood also has the scoop on the Union Saloon, a new neighborhood bar from Michelle Magidow, an almunus of Lark, Salumi, and Harvest Vine. It's right across from Cantinetta. Jack, the Wallyhood poster who went in to check it out seemed to enjoy his outing, and even devoted an entire paragraph of poetic wax to their carrot cake. Sounds promising.
It's All Wallingford This Week, Apparently
The dude who brought us Capitol Hill's lovely Revolver bar, Wallingford resident Gary Reynolds, is opening a midscale burger joint in Wallingford, according to our friend Jack, who seems to have the Wallyhood restaurant beat nailed.
Though he could use some help with headlines—"Hey, Dick! There’s a New Kid in Town. (Not that Kidd …)"—he's got all the relevant details. The aptly named Wallyburgers will be in the former Hawaiian Breeze space, the meat will be grass-fed (or Beyond Meat), Reynolds promises that the burgers will "fit in your hands," and the buns will be good old-fashioned burger buns.
Reynolds tells Wallyhood that he's shooting for "nice, upscale burgers, but not too pricey." Good man.
A Couple Bar Bites
The Nook, a recently opened craft cocktail bar in West Seattle that's already garnered high praise from the Seattle Times' Tanh Vin, has added happy hour, and Ballard's Chase Lounge has been replaced by the Crooked Nail, Eater reports. The Crooked Nail is neighborhood pub joint with BLTs, truffle mac, and other comfort foods. Apparently there will also be Scotch eggs, so I am 110 percent there.
While we're at it, they've also got the scoop on Taco Street, a new Mexican spot in Othello that's already impressing, as well as Iconiq, a new French/Japanese joint that's replacing Á La Bonne Franquette.
Go Eat Pink Scallops
Stranger food contributor Naomi Tomky wrote a really cool explainer on the local pink scallop, which includes the info that the red tide is rolling back in and we'll soon be without them. Check it out, and go enjoy some before they're gone. Any excuse to go to L'Oursin, right?
A Taste of the Tropics in Georgetown
As if the indoor volleyball beach wasn't enough, Georgetown has even more Hawaiian flavor, reports Seattle Met, in the form of new bakery Cakes of Paradise. The Met's Rosin Saez did some journalistic sampling, and reported such finds as cinnamon-dusted malasadas, coconut cream pie, and passion-orange-guava sherbet. There will also be $10 huli huli chicken plate lunches, for the less sweet-toothed among us, she adds.
Tacoma is Getting Some of Seattle's Crunchiness
In the form of a second location of the Central Co-Op. The CHS crow broke the news on Twitter last week. We've been exporting fine casual restaurants like mad, so it makes sense that the true dropship of gentrification—the natural foods store—is following that exploratory fleet.