On Monday, August 19, Damn the Weather owner Bryn Lumsden will open his newest project Champagne Diner, named playfully in tribute to the Champagne Video VHS Rental Store frequented by the characters of Seinfeld. Located in the former space of Citizen Six (which recently relocated to Queen Anne under the name "Lazy Susan") and complete with diner-inspired booths, the restaurant/bar will feature an irreverent juxtaposition of highbrow and lowbrow, with natural wine, craft cocktails, and upgraded versions of greasy-spoon mainstays like meatloaf, fish and chips, and BLTs (their version has pork belly). And yes, there will be champagne.
Get ready for crispy, chewy doughnuts: Dochi, a mochi doughnut pop-up hailing from Orlando, is opening a store inside the Uwajimaya Village food court on Saturday, August 17. Co-owner Jason Lee is the brother of GoPoké owner Michael Le, who he'll partner with for this project. Flavors include blueberry pie with pie crumble, ube glaze, cookies and cream with cookie butter drizzle, matcha Oreo, salted caramel and chocolate crisp, and taro with Fruity Pebbles cereal, to name a few.
Nick's on Madison
This neighborhood bistro, which opened earlier this summer and had its first Yelp review on June 28, serves simple, classic fare like prawn cocktail, asparagus fries, charcuterie, Painted Hills skirt steak, Alaskan halibut, Mad Hatcher chicken roulade, and gnocchi with pomodoro sauce. Drinks include specialty cocktails, wine, and beer.
Just a stone's throw from SIFF Uptown, this modern Korean restaurant, which opened recently and had its first Yelp review on August 12, specializes in shareable, seasonally influenced plates like chicken wings, beef tartare, crispy pancakes, fried rice, and mushrooms with kimchi and truffle aioli, with panna cotta and creme brulee for dessert.
Lower Queen Anne
This longtime Queen Anne bar/cafe and music venue, which originally opened in 1995 and which closed temporarily for a remodel in May after being taken over by new owners Eric and Kim Rogozienski, has reopened with a new menu of upscale comfort food. Dishes include Rainier battered fish and chips with hop salt fries, malt vinegar aioli, and house-made tartar sauce; chicken pot pie; and a Paragon burger with caramelized onions and cheddar that pays tribute to the one on the establishment's original menu 24 years ago. Guests can choose from 15 beers on tap and a selection of specialty cocktails to drink.
This modern Thai restaurant will have its grand opening in the former home of Root Table this Saturday, August 17. The menu, created by a chef who studied at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit in Thailand, transports diners to the northern, northwestern, central, and southern regions of Thailand, with dishes like river prawns with galangal sauce, fermented Isan sausage, and salted squid and egg.
The beloved downtown diner known for its mix of American breakfast staples and Filipino favorites (and brilliant purple ube pancakes) has closed until further notice due to a kitchen fire. Luckily, no one was hurt. The restaurant, which has been in business in various locations since the 1930s, was already slated to close after its lease ends on August 31, so it's unclear if it will now close for good earlier than expected. Owner Gregorio Rosas is still searching for an alternate location but has not yet found a space with affordable rent. One comforting fact to cling to: Rosas' daughter Rita Glenister is starting a pancake stand called Happi Yammi, so you'll still be able to find those purple pancakes at street fairs and possibly farmers markets—this time in mini sizes.
Over the weekend, this Fremont vegan/vegetarian haunt serving smoothies, waffles, pancakes, sandwiches, and more announced on its website that it would close permanently after service this Wednesday and that the space is now for sale after 33 years of business. The parting message read, "We have had such fine experiences with you. We have seen your marriages, your children, and even your grandchildren!! We feel part of an extended family and are always grateful for knowing you. We are also grateful to our staff, past and present. They have been the cheerful faces, the creative cooks, the serving hands, the positive attitude."
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Flatstick Pub opening a location in Bellingham
Local chain Flatstick Pub, which has locations in Kirkland, Pioneer Square, and South Lake Union, will bring its wildly popular craft-beer-meets-indoor-mini-golf concept to Bellingham. The Bellingham outpost will have 30 types of beer on tap and a food menu created by Seattle chef Ethan Stowell, who recently developed the food menu at the South Lake Union location. Flatstick is also opening a location in Spokane this winter, with a location in Tacoma to follow in early 2020.
Singer Brandi Carlile launches a wine club
Seattle-based musician Brandi Carlile, who received Grammy awards this year for Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Performance, and Best American Roots Song and was nominated for Best Album and Best Artist, has launched her own wine club called XOBC Cellars, which will raise funds for Carlile's Looking Out Foundation. The club has four membership levels and will ship members rosé, grenache, and syrah made with Walla Walla grapes by winemaker Sean Boyd. (Fun fact: Carlile is also friends with Seattle's food maestro Tom Douglas and provided the inspiration for the name of his swanky downtown lounge the Carlile Room.)
Cherry Bombe magazine coming to Seattle
Respected biannual indie mag Cherry Bombe, which celebrates the accomplishments of women in the food and drink world and has published covers graced by the likes of Samin Nosrat, Martha Stewart, and Nigella Lawson, is bringing its day-long Jubilee conference to Seattle on Saturday, November 2, featuring talks and panels with female chefs, bakers, winemakers, indie food producers, and other members of the local culinary scene. Early bird tickets are $200 and are available through August 18 or until sold out.
Cubes Baking Co. re-branding as Tres Lechería
The Wallingford bakery Cubes Baking Co., which specializes in cube-shaped sweets ranging from scones to cupcakes to tarts, is rebranding as Tres Lechería. Owner and head baker Kevin Moulder's tres leches cakes have become a smash hit and currently make up roughly 90% of the shop's sales, so he's pivoting to focus on those and will offer cake by the slice in addition to sheet cakes, tiered wedding cakes, customizable orders, and a build-your-own tres leches station with options for cake, milk, frosting, flavors, and toppings. The changes will be complete by the end of the year.
West Seattle location of Shug's Soda Fountain affected by delays
Pike Place's old-timey soda counter Shug's Soda Fountain has plans to expand with a smaller outpost in West Seattle called Shug's Mini, but its original intentions of opening this spring or summer have been delayed due to permit issues. The shop will stock about half the flavors of the flagship location and a few of its most popular sundaes.
Sugar Bytes Pop-Up
Sugar Bytes Cupcakes and More, a Kirkland cottage bakery that specializes in geeky sweets, will join the similarly geek-minded tea shop Friday Afternoon for a tea party with shiny geode cupcakes.
Summer Crayfish Party
Feast to your belly's content on crayfish, crustaceans that resemble tiny lobsters, with traditional Scandinavian fixings after getting boozed up at an aquavit reception.
Canlis knows how to throw a party. Seattle’s illustrious fine-dining institution is notorious for its extravagant New Year's Eve blowouts—this year’s Hawaiian-inspired luau featured real waterfalls, a koi pond, and live animals; the previous year’s glamorous 1950s-inspired affair boasted a period-accurate, Spady-family-approved re-creation of a mid-century Dick’s Drive-In; and a prior ski-chalet-themed soiree had hot tubs, real snow, and Saint Bernard dogs. A ticket doesn’t come cheap, though, so it’s all the more exciting that they’ve decided to throw an “unfancy, laidback, lowbrow” weekend bash in their parking lot this summer for the rest of us non-one-percenters. They’ll transform the lot into an island paradise with an actual pool, and have teased thatched tiki huts, a pig roast, a bar, pizza, kalbi ribs, shishito peppers, and mac salad. Bring your bathing suit.
ChefsFeed Indie Week: Seattle
This traveling pop-up dinner series will bring together a dream team of chefs from near, like Shota Nakajima of Adana, and far, like Jeffrey Vance of Los Angeles's in-demand Konbi (you may have spied their trendy egg sandwich in your Instagram feed). Guests can watch the cooking in action while they dine on a twelve-course meal.
Lady M Pop-Up Boutique in Greater Seattle
Lady M is famous for their signature crepe cake: "twenty paper-thin handmade crêpes delicately layered with ethereal, light pastry cream, the top gently caramelized till golden." It also comes in other flavors, like green tea and coconut. Pre-ordered specialty cakes will be available to pick up at this event.
Edmonds offers up its best for this weekend festival of food, drink, and music. There will be a beer garden, a wine garden, and food vendors as far as the eye can see.
Li'l Woody's Dessert Month
Seattle is host to a wealth of bakers and ice cream makers. For the month of August, local burger joint Li'l Woody's is teaming up with some of the city's favorite up-and-coming sweets suppliers, like Natalie Popkave of Bee and the Baker, Christina Wood of the sourdough pastry pop-up Temple Pastries, Kait Winowitch of Cake Life Everyday, and Kevin Moulder of Tres Lecheria (a tres leches spinoff of Cubes Baking Co.). Each week, a new special will arrive on Thursday and be available through the weekend, or until they sell out. On the schedule this weekend: Cake Life Everyday's "li’l cupcake burgers" with vanilla cake, brownie "patties," and vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream lettuce and condiments.
5th Annual Mobile Food Fest
Nosh on regional food truck offerings in the sunshine, get a buzz on in a beer garden, and catch some live music.
Asian Cajun Vegan Food Truck Grand Opening
Partake in the peculiar fusion of plant-based, Cajun, and Asian fare, with dishes like vegan "wings" and "shrimp" with fried rice or jambalaya, at the launch of this new food truck (which was delayed a week due to electrical issues).
Break a Leg!
Korean food fanatics all over Seattle shed a tear when culinary power couple Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi closed their inventive Capitol Hill noodle shop/barbecue spot/soft serve counter Trove this June. The silver lining: they still have a lease on their Pike Street space and will be using it to host a series of pop-ups, classes, and private dinners. This pop-up, their first of the new series, will feature a spread of a whopping 36 small plates that complement one another, inspired by the Korean tradition of hanjeongsik—a full-course meal with a bounty of banchan (small side dishes) in an array of colors and flavors. The cheeky name “Break a Leg!” comes from a common appreciative remark that the table is laden with such an abundant feast that its legs appear to be groaning.
Cheese + Wine: A Personal Gathering With Kasia Winery
In this "full-sensory" tasting, sample a trio of local artisan fromage and other snacks paired with wine samples from Kasia Winery, and learn about the processes behind cheese and wine.
Settle in for a day of live cooking demos, a farmers market, educational classes about sustainability and the environment, a market of upcycled goods from local makers, and more at this free "local food and sustainable living" festival.
Fish Skool with Fishmonger Ryan Rector: Whole Fish Breakdown
Fishmonger Ryan Rector, who holds over 15 years of experience in the industry, will show you the ropes of cooking a whole fish, from shopping to filleting to cooking.
Flock Party 10
Beer-loving birds of a feather flock to Black Raven's anniversary bash each year. This time, they're turning a decade old, so expect them to pull out all the stops.
Flying Bike's 4th Anniversary!
The cooperative brewery turns four with giveaways, specials, bands, and their award-winning beer and cider.
Sausage & Cider Fest
Nosh on a delicious sausage and wash it down with dozens of local hard cider samples, plus enjoy live music and lawn games.
Seattle Night Market: Aloha
Partake in Polynesian cuisine from over a hundred food trucks and pop-up vendors.
Summer Block Party
Mammoth will go all out for their summer block party with a beer collaboration with Matchless Brewing, a dunk tank to douse employees in water, food specials, and more.
Tea Ice Cream Pop Up at Wayward Coffeehouse
Since it's a little warm for tea, take your cup in the form of infused ice cream from Milk & Leaf Collective at this pop-up. They'll be unveiling their vegan flavor ("Earl's Gone Vegan"), a milk-free earl grey ice cream that comes with a tea biscuit.
Bennies Pop-Up ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET at Hotel Sorrento
At this unlimited buffet inside the swanky Hotel Sorrento, pile your plate high with towering stacks of eggs Benedict in quirky combos like fried chicken and savory waffles, shrimp and purple grits, and "smoked salmon stack royale."
Chef Rachel Yang Presents Marinades and BBQ Revel and Troves Cooking Classes
Learn how to upgrade your marinade and barbecue game from James Beard-nominated chef Rachel Yang herself at this hands-on demonstration.
Free Grilled Cheese Day!
Snag a toasty, melty sandwich from Seattle Baking on the house.
The Original Coffee Break: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Cultures all over the world have their own traditions for gathering and sharing a cup of something caffeinated while socializing: teatime, the Swedish practice of fika, the coffee break. As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia has developed a daily ritual around the brew that lasts a couple of hours and honors the process, from roasting the beans to steeping to sipping. (According to Ethiopian legend, coffee was first discovered by a goatherd named Kaldi, who noticed his flock seemed to dance with energy after getting hopped up on the red berries of a shrub, and decided to try them himself.) At this event hosted by Milen Medhane—owner of the Ethiopian cafe and restaurant Kaffa Coffee in Rainier Beach—and Atlas Obscura Society Seattle field agent Christopher Blado, guests can participate in an authentic coffee ceremony that includes pan-roasting fresh beans and heating and pouring water from the jebena (a traditional water vessel).
Shirlee's Blackberry Pie Pop-Up
Try blackberry pies with heavy cream, baked by Renee Erickson's mother and restaurant namesake Shirlee.
Beast & Cleaver Sneak Preview!
Be the first to taste meaty samples from owner Kevin Smith's highly anticipated artisanal butcher shop Beast and Cleaver, which is set to open in Ballard by October. He'll also create a special menu in collaboration with the executive chef of Skål that showcases Scandinavian and British influences.
Ninkasi x Henry's Tavern Beer Experience
The restaurant group Restaurants Unlimited and microbrewery Ninkasi Brewing Company have joined forces to create a collaboration ale called 12th Street IPA. They'll team up for this beer tasting dinner, featuring bites like seared prawns in habanero cream sauce and chimichurri chicken paired with Ninkasi brews.