NOW CLOSED: Open for many years (except when there was a fire there back in the day), MALAY SATAY HUT in the ID has finally closed forever. At the Redmond branch—which remains open—they report that the space was sold. The roti canai will be missed; fans who don’t want to go to the Eastside should try (unrelated) Satay in Wallingford or Kedai Makan on Capitol Hill. (Not the same, I know, but...)
NOW OPEN: JACK'S BBQ (3924 Airport Way S, 467-4038): A serious barbecue nerd, Jack Timmons grew up in Texas, then moved to Seattle, then went back to Texas to engage in some barbecue scholarship—including BBQ Summer Camp at the Meat Sciences department of Texas A&M and worshipping at the temples of the Central Texas style (Louis Mueller's, Snow's, Cooper's, and more). You may know his oak, mesquite, and hickory-smoked work from his roving Seattle Brisket Experience, and now you can get it all the time at his place in Sodo/Georgetown, which is a homey, glowing roadhouse with a big American flag. This all sounds very promising.
• HOMMAGE (198 Nickerson St, 283-2665): Where the elegant and extremely well-received Book Bindery used to be near SPU, and from the same owners, Hommage opens tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1 (if all goes according to plan). The chef is Nico Borzee—of Artusi, SF's Coi, and Michelin-starred places in France—which bodes very well.
• NATE'S WINGS & WAFFLES (9261 57th Ave S, 722-9464): Nate is the basketball player and Seattle native Nate Robinson; Darren McGill of Happy Grillmore is in on Nate’s in Rainier Valley, too. The chicken’s all hormone-, antibiotic-, and preservative-free, and the wings come with six choices of sauce, from classic buffalo to coconut-jalapeno-lime.
• MANAO THAI STREET EATS (1222 E Pike St, 556-2964): On 13th and Pine, Manao has a cartoonishly cute interior and a menu that, despite the name, will be familiar to anyone who's ever been to an indoor Thai restaurant before. My esteemed colleague Paul Constant says the food is serviceable but not as good as (awesome, nearby, sidewalk walk-up) Little Uncle, though he notes that Manao is open late. Manao means "lime" in Thai.
• MUAY THAI MAX (muaythaimax.com): Seattle native Max Borthwick—formerly of Thai restaurant Toi downtown (with his mother as the chef), then Suite 410 (an early adopter of the craft cocktail), and now one of the owners of Primo on First Hill—runs Muay Thai Max, offering Thai-style pizza exclusively by delivery (at least for now). Pies include the Praram Long Song with peanut sauce, mozzarella, spinach, chicken, and cilantro, and the Kaeng Panang with panang curry, mozzarella, roasted red bell pepper, onion, and basil, which sound possibly really good. Coming soon: a full menu of noodles, curries, stir-fries, etc.
• FRAN'S CHOCOLATES (5900 Airport Way S, 508-4535): Fran’s has moved its headquarters to Georgetown, and the industrial-chic shop there has a viewing area so you can watch the magic being made.