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The estimable Ronald Holden, over at the Belltown Messenger:

Marcus Charles has leased the former Flying Fish space at the corner of First and Bell and is going to turn it into a mini version of the Melrose Project on Capitol Hill, crossed with the ambience of Oddfellows. The name is Local 360, opening in December if all the tenant improvements are completed in time. A "sustainable" cafe with an affordable menu, a butcher shop, a cheese counter, local produce, and a coffee-house vibe. Charles also owns JuJu Lounge and is a partner in the remodeled Crocodile; he used to own Marcus's Martini Heaven in Pioneer Square but is in the process of consolidating his empire in Belltown.

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In case you're somehow unaware, the Melrose Project, at Pine and Melrose (on the triangular Machiavelli block), is home to Rain Shadow Meats, cheesemonger the Calf & Kid, flower/produce purveyor Marigold & Mint, the new location of Sitka & Spruce, S&S's new wine/oyster bar adjunct Bar Ferd'nand, and a branch of Homegrown sandwiches. The whole enterprise feels pretty chichi, but if you ask the guys at Rain Shadow what's a good deal and how to cook it, or buy a small amount of aged gouda and another cheese or two at the Calf & Kid, you will be very glad you did.

More of Mr. Holden's good restaurant gossip over here.

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