West Seattle restaurants: Pica Border Grill has closed

April 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 54 Comments

Pica Border Grill on the north edge of The Junction has been closed for a few days, and tonight, after a tip from customer Franklin, we caught up with owner Miguel Govela, who says Pica is closed permanently after he lost what he says was originally a 6-year lease. He posted this sign in the window:

We reported last year on two houses torn down behind the restaurant at 4151 California SW, with a townhouse and live-work unit replacing them, but the one-story restaurant building was listed as staying. We just re-checked the city’s permit files and still don’t see anything proposed for it yet, and the county assessor’s files do not show a recent ownership change – last one on record was in fall 2013. That was more than a year after Govela bought the restaurant that had been Jonny Bostons; we subsequently reported on his transformation of the space into Pica, with a menu from both sides of the US-Mexico border.

West Seattle restaurants: Alki Blue Moon Burgers opens tomorrow

March 29, 2015 at 11:11 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 14 Comments

(WSB photos)
After a friends-and-family event last night, Blue Moon Burgers on Alki is ready to officially open for business at 1 pm tomorrow (Monday, March 30th). Regular hours will be 11 am until 9 or 10 (they’ll be experimenting until summer arrives, when they’ll plan to be open until 11 pm).

(Kilie at the grill)
The menu includes build-your-own burger options, sandwiches (BLT, grilled cheese, more), vegan options, chicken tenders, salads, sides, and other food options, plus 12 beers on tap, and milkshakes too. Alki Blue Moon general manager JR Gifford – who grew up in WS – told us two of the three fryers are gluten-free. Another feature: You’ll be able to text an order, then drive or ride up into one of two pick-up spots out front, and run in to get it. The site has about a dozen spots in all for customers (fitting, given that in its former life, it was an auto-repair shop; we first reported the burger-switchover plan almost a year ago). It’s at 2504 Alki Ave. SW.

West Seattle food/drink notes: Alki Starbucks, Blue Moon Burgers, Mioposto in Admiral, Terra Cole Butchery, WS Brewing, and …

March 20, 2015 at 2:52 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 40 Comments

Updates and mysteries from the world of West Seattle food and beverages:

ALKI STARBUCKS REOPENS AFTER REMODELING: This morning’s reopening was confirmed by one of the 2742 Alki SW store’s biggest fans, Cami MacNamara of WebCami, who also sent the photo. The store shut down for just over a month for upgrades explained in this February report.

ALKI BLUE MOON BURGERS – ALMOST THERE: Also on Alki, you’ve probably noticed the new Blue Moon Burgers location at 2504 Alki SW has finally undergone major exterior transformation:

As happens with so many restaurant projects, it’s taken lots longer than expected, but a spokesperson tells us it’s no more than a few weeks away. It’s been exactly a year since we reported first word of the plan, confirmed in this followup. We’ll report the official opening date as soon as we get it.

MIOPOSTO ADMIRAL UPDATES: Speaking of taking longer than expected, some permit delays for the new Mioposto restaurant at 2141 California SW in The Admiral District kept work from starting in earnest before this week.

We checked in this week with proprietor Jeremy Hardy, who says that now that the work is under way, he’s guessing “mid-summer.” And there’s other news: “We have changed plans, however, and, due to requests and hungry looking people in the afternoons that we’ve been in Admiral, we will be opening for lunch as well.”

Now, two mysteries:

MYSTERY #1 – TERRA COLE BUTCHERY: We’ve received numerous inquiries about the status of Terra Cole Butchery in The Junction, which has been closed for at least a few days, and appears to be devoid of inventory. No note on the door nor any updates online, but the shop has been up for sale for four months and the online listing is still open. We have voicemail and e-mail messages out in hopes of hearing something about the store’s status. It opened a year and a half ago.

MYSTERY #2 – WEST SEATTLE BREWING: Questions have also come in over the past few days about the status of West Seattle Brewing at 4415 Fauntleroy Way SW in The Triangle, which too hasn’t opened for at least several days. Its website is offline, but it still has a Facebook page, on which the “what’s going on?” question has gone unanswered. As with Terra Cole, we’ve gone by, left voicemail, and sent e-mail, but have not heard anything definitive. (MONDAY 3/23 UPDATE: WS Brewing’s Drew has replied and says they will reopen. Look for a separate update in biznotes later today.)

One more note – just discovered while writing this story:

ANOTHER BEACH DRIVE RESTAURANT? No details yet but an early-stage DPD permit application says 4029 Beach Drive SW, the waterfront brick building north of Weather Watch Park, is seeking a change of use to first floor restaurant, second-floor residential. It’s right across the street from what’s currently the only restaurant on Beach Drive, La Rustica. We’re working to find out more.

SPEAKING OF LA RUSTICA … ABOUT THE FORMER LA ROMANZA: The new mosaic tilework in front of the former La Romanza Bistro in The Junction keeps catching eyes, and inspiring questions. When we went by one day to ask, we encountered La Romanza’s Aimee Pellegrini (whose family runs La Rustica, if you weren’t already aware), who declined comment at the time, but has since told us that whatever they’re working on is “a family project” and being pursued at a leisurely pace – details when they are ready to announce them.

West Seattle food notes: Pagliacci expands delivery zone; Top Pot opens; St. Patrick’s Day specials

March 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 26 Comments

Dig into these West Seattle food notes/updates:

PAGLIACCI EXPANDS DELIVERY ZONE, GETS READY TO START JUNCTION EXPANSION: Next year marks 20 years since Pagliacci Pizza added a “delivery kitchen” in West Seattle. But it’s never delivered to all of WS. If you’ve been reading WSB since before we became a news publication, you might remember a vigorous discussion of Pagliacci’s delivery zone dating back to early 2007. With the issue still out there, when we reported back in December on their plan to expand the Junction location, adding seating and slices, we asked about delivery-zone expansion. They weren’t sure at the time, but now they have announced they’re heading further into the south and northeast areas of WS. Pagliacci’s Rebekah Wolf sent this to us:

We’re happy to announce that our delivery zone coverage has expanded. We are now delivering to SW Thistle Street, from 28th Avenue SW to Fauntleroy Way SW. Also, we are now delivering to the Pigeon Point neighborhood, which goes as far east as 19th Avenue SW, between SW Charlestown Street and SW Genesee Street.

The note also said the expansion into the space next door will start April 1st and should be complete by mid-June; the delivery kitchen will stay open during the work. Meantime, Lika Love, the boutique that’s temporarily been in the space next door since Clementine’s moved to Pioneer Square, is having a farewell party/sale 5-8 pm on March 28th.

TOP POT DOUGHNUTS NOW OPEN: As reported here earlier in the week, today is grand-opening day for Top Pot Doughnuts on Alki, at 2758 Alki SW in a space that was completed three-plus years ago but hasn’t had a tenant until now. We stopped by and found a crowd:

Hours and menu notes are in our report from Wednesday.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Jenny at The Bridge sends word they’re having specials: “Tuesday night, we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Jon the Bagpiper coming by at 7 pm to play for us as well as an Irish themed fresh sheet throughout the month of March featuring Beet Salad, Irish Stew and Reubens!” Any other local restaurants with special menus for the wearin’ of the green? Let us know and we’ll add them – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

West Seattle food: Top Pot Doughnuts’ Alki shop will open Friday

March 11, 2015 at 11:48 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 22 Comments

It’s a question we’ve been asked often in recent weeks: When will Top Pot Doughnuts open its Alki store? This morning, the answer is in: This Friday (March 13th). It’s been almost nine months since we broke the news that Top Pot would be the long-awaited first tenant in the east space at 2758 Alki SW. This morning, the Alki store passed its final inspections, and co-founder Mark Klebeck told WSB shortly afterward that it will open for business at 6 am Friday. Hours for starters will be 6 am-8 pm weekdays, 7 am-8 pm weekends; Klebeck says they will re-evaluate as spring/summer proceed, for possible later closing times. In addition to 42 varieties of doughnuts, he says, the store will offer soft-serve ice cream, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee/espresso from beans that Top Pot roasts at its flagship location.

West Seattle biznote: Admiral Benbow’s owners say they’re closing

March 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 26 Comments

Just shy of a year after the owner of the then-Heartland Café announced he’d sold it, the owners who then resurrected its former identity as the Admiral Benbow say they’re closing it. Announced on Facebook tonight by co-proprietor Allison Hill:

It is with great sadness that Ian Hill and I are announcing the closure of The Admiral Benbow. We made a great run at it and love it dearly, but some things just aren’t meant to be. We want to thank all the friends, fans, pirates, scallywags, bands and everyone else who helped make this dream of ours come true, even though it was only a short period of time. Our last day will be Sunday, March 22nd. So come down and see us over the next 12 days and help us go out with a blast! We’re still open until then so come get your drink on or catch a show. Help us send this place off the right way! Thank you all again. We love you and can’t thank you enough.

The Hills had applied the Benbow brand to the entire operation at 4210 SW Admiral Way – restaurant, bar, and entertainment venue – in a nod to its long-ago fame as the Admiral Benbow Inn.

West Seattle restaurants: Pecos Pit BBQ moving into ex-Beni Hoshi site, says City Light

February 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 61 Comments

Questions about the disappearance of the chain-link fence around the former Beni Hoshi Teriyaki site at 35th/Fauntleroy led us to check in with Seattle City Light, which owns the property. Beni Hoshi, you might recall, abruptly closed in January 2014; eight months later, the city fenced off the site, citing neighborhood concerns about unauthorized parking. Nothing’s shown up in city-permit files yet regarding impending business activity, but SCL’s Scott Thomsen tells us another restaurant is moving in:

We recently signed an agreement with the owner of the Pecos Pit BBQ to use that property. The owner plans to fix up the building and add a patio so they can add a new location for the restaurant. Once in operation, they will be monitoring parking to reserve it for customers. We did take down the fencing that we were paying for to protect against vandalism and the overnight parking. Now that there is an agreement in place, the owner of the business will be putting fencing back up until renovations are completed. That should happen later this week.

We have an inquiry out to Pecos Pit in hopes of finding out more about the plan for the site. City Light owns the parcel because of the former substation next door; Thomsen had told us in September that it was considered “surplus,” though it’s not part of the current group of West Seattle (and vicinity) ex-substations that the utility’s trying to get rid of.

West Seattle restaurants: Chipotle Mexican Grill apparently Junction-bound

February 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 84 Comments

New in the city-permits file: Looks like Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to West Seattle, in the almost-finished 4730 California development, midblock between Alaska and Edmunds. So says a permit application for “tenant improvements”:

Last time we checked with the 4730 California project team, they had no tenants to announce. We’ll be checking again with them now and with Chipotle, a chain of 1,700-plus restaurants whose website says, “We open a new restaurant every 2 days” – 192 last year, according to their latest earnings-report news release, with about that many expected this year. We will update this story with anything more we find out.

FRIDAY NOTE: Finally heard back from Chipotle. A spokesperson declined to comment, explaining that they don’t comment unless a lease is signed and/or construction is under way, and neither seems to be the case here (yet).

West Seattle/White Center restaurant notes: Uncle Mike’s semi-closing; Mission’s 10th anniversary; Endolyne Joe’s bacon bash

February 6, 2015 at 6:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, White Center | 10 Comments

Three local food notes:

UNCLE MIKE’S BBQ CLOSING DINING ROOM, FOR NOW: If you are a fan of Uncle Mike’s BBQ in White Center and haven’t been lately, get there fast – Proprietors Mike and Elizabeth announced via Facebook that they are closing the dining room (but NOT the catering operation) at “the end of (this) week,” and then Mike elaborated:

End of the week means Saturday or Sunday. Why are we closing the dining room? Several reasons but mainly because I’m going through cancer treatment & while we can handle catering events just fine, running a full restaurant takes a lot more work. Right now I want to spend more time with Elizabeth and focus on beating the cancer. In the near future I plan to offer take-out as well as catering – stay tuned! Thanks – Love, Uncle Mike

Uncle Mike’s, known not “just” for barbecue but also for fried chicken and even hearty vegan food, is at 9640 16th SW.

MISSION MARKS 10 YEARS: Happy 10th anniversary to Mission in The Admiral District! Tomorrow’s the big party – open for lunch and dinner Saturday with a special food/drink menu (featuring a pig roast!), 10 am-2 am, all ages until 9 pm with a DJ at 10. (2325 California SW)

Speaking of pigs …

LOVE BACON? JOIN THE CELEBRATION @ JOE’S: Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) is celebrating the return of Danny the Pig (reported here last week) – Rich from Joe’s explains how: “In celebration of Danny’s return, this weekend we will be giving away one pound of bacon to a random lucky table every hour from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM this Saturday & Sunday. Sunday night, we will be drawing a winner for one case of bacon at 8:00 pm.” (9261 45th SW)

Return of the pilfered pig! Endolyne Joe’s gets Danny back – one year later

January 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 10 Comments

Adrian and co-workers at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) in Fauntleroy are thrilled to have Danny the Pig back – more than a year after the two-foot-tall decorative swine was stolen. Rich at Joe’s e-mailed us to say that someone had suddenly showed up with Danny, having found the pig and known it was stolen because of the story we published in January of last year. We stopped by for a photo and talked with Adrian, who said the man who brought Danny in said only that he was a construction worker and found the popular pig near where he’s been working. He didn’t want to say where that was, nor did he want to accept a reward (not even the case of bacon originally offered). So if you’ve missed Danny, go say hi! And note that he is now secured.

West Seattle restaurants: Mioposto coming to Admiral in ex-Admiralty House Antiques building

January 23, 2015 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 84 Comments

West Seattle is getting more pizza. Eater elaborates this morning on what the business-license database also revealed for the future-restaurant half of 2141 California SW, formerly Admiralty House Antiques – this spring, it’ll become the third location of Mioposto, after Mount Baker and Bryant. The concept, according to Mioposto’s website, is wood-fired pizza and small plates (here’s the online menu). We reported last summer that the building was being split into two spaces, with Prospect Mortgage on the south side and “an experienced restaurant operator” sought to lease the north side. That certainly defines Mioposto’s proprietor, Jeremy Hardy, whose company Seattle Eats also owns Coastal Kitchen on Capitol Hill. (WSB file photo from July 2014)

P.S. Residential construction is proceeding on what had been the vacant area west of the antiques-turned-mortgage-and-restaurant building, where a 3-unit rowhouse is planned.

West Seattle restaurants: Pizzeria 22 closing tomorrow in memory of business partner’s son

January 12, 2015 at 10:50 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 11 Comments

We received this from Pizzeria 22 proprietor Cary Kemp:

It is with great sadness that I inform you that my business partner at Pizzeria 22, Mike McConnell, has lost his son to a drug overdose. In memory of Andrew McConnell, Pizzeria 22, all Caffe Vita’s, and Via Tribunali’s will be closed on Tuesday, January 13th. Andrew was a gifted young man with extraordinary talents and will be greatly missed.

You can read about Andrew McConnell in his obituary on Legacy.com.

West Seattle restaurants: Last day for Firefly Café and Creperie

January 11, 2015 at 10:06 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 15 Comments

Today is the last day of business, for now, for Firefly Café and Creperie in The Junction, writes its owner Charell Estby in this Facebook post. It’s been up for sale for half a year, she writes, and while it’s still listed and looking for a new owner, she has to move on. Firefly opened at California/Genesee in fall 2012 and has been involved in many community charity drives and donations along the way. Firefly is open today until 3:30 pm.

Game Day note: Earlier hours today for Harry’s Chicken Joint

January 10, 2015 at 11:28 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | Comments Off

Just heard from Harry’s Chicken Joint (6032 California SW; WSB sponsor), which is changing its hours because of tonight’s Seahawks playoff game – open 1-5 pm instead of the usual 4-8 pm. So if you want chicken for the game, get it early. Anybody else changing hours for the game, let us know in the comment section below – thanks!

West Seattle restaurants: Pagliacci expansion; Bamboo’s new name; New Year’s Eve dining

December 26, 2014 at 12:55 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 13 Comments

Restaurant updates today:

PAGLIACCI PIZZA EXPANDING IN WEST SEATTLE: After spotting construction-permit applications, we confirmed with Pagliacci Pizza that its West Seattle location (4449 California SW) is expanding. Pagliacci’s Matt Galvin confirms, “We did just submit drawings to the City to expand our dining capacity. Our plan is to go into construction in the spring with a mid-June opening. We will offer slices, lots of new seating, and beers on tap. We will open at 11:00 every day.” The expansion will stretch into the Clementine’s-turned-Lika Love space next door, adding more than 600 square feet to Pagliacci’s current 1,800-sf space. (We asked Lika Love owner Malika Siddiq about her future plans. She tells WSB she’ll continue to be “out and about in the truck when the weather warms up” as well as looking for a permanent space and selling online via shoptiques.com.)

BAMBOO’S NEW NAME: One month ago, Bamboo Bar and Grill (2806 Alki SW) closed for an overhaul, confirming it’ll reopen as a sports bar. While checking out this morning’s “king tide” across the street, we noticed it’s announced the new name, Alki Huddle:

No word yet on timeline for opening; STS Construction Services (WSB sponsor) is on site working on the revamp.

SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNERS: While the WSB holiday restaurant list already shows who told us they’ll be open New Year’s Eve, we’re also compiling notes about any West Seattle restaurants with special New Year’s Eve dinners. For starters: The Cassis bistro on Alki (WSB sponsor) is taking reservations for its special prix-fixe menu – see it here. Cassis is at 2820 Alki SW. We’ve also heard from Blackboard Bistro (3247 California SW) – see its New Year’s Eve plan here. Anyone else with a special New Year’s Eve menu? Let us know.

West Seattle restaurants: Quick updates on 2 opening soon

December 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 15 Comments

From the “in case you were wondering” file … two more quick followups on what will likely be the next two West Seattle restaurants to open:

COASTLINE: As first reported here last summer, this is the burger joint that is going into the former Shoofly Pie Company spot at 4444 California SW. We checked in with proprietor Aaron Shepherd, who also owns Copper Coin in Admiral; he says they’re hoping to be open before year’s end. In the meantime, Coastline is listed on posters as the starting point for the West Seattle Santa Pub Crawl on Saturday night, and Shepherd says they will be keeping that commitment by pouring beers – just no burgers yet!

BLUE MOON BURGERS: As first reported here last spring, this Seattle mini-chain is converting the former Alki Auto Repair (which moved to Luna Park) location at 2504 Alki Ave. SW. A spokesperson tells us that Blue Moon is now hoping to be open by mid-January.

West Seattle restaurants: Duos’ lounge closing, catering continuing

December 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm | In Luna Park, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 25 Comments

Two years after opening its restaurant/lounge at 2940 SW Avalon Way in the Luna Park business district, Duos announced today that it’s closing that part of its business, while continuing with catering:

Thank you for all the support and love you have shown to us here at the restaurant. We value the relationships we have built with you and we will truly miss seeing you. Our last day open will be December 20th, 2014 – Our two year anniversary.

The restaurant has become such a growing success for us and we were getting busier every day! It is such a great feeling to have a loyal support base and it made our decision that much more difficult. Unfortunately, we share this building with our catering department which has also grown substantially over these past two years. As a result, providing quality food for both the restaurant and catering has proven to be difficult and space has become limited.

Our business growth has been a blessing for us and it pains us to know the outcome of Duos’ success means closing the restaurant. We will still have an active role in the community and continue to support and donate to the wonderful schools and organizations in the area. We will remain in this building, producing our great catered food and we will keep the space open as an event venue. We will be holding events at the space offering special menus, date nights, cooking classes, and fun wine maker dinners!

This was an industrial and then retail space until five years ago; Café Revo was the first restaurant there, in 2009-2010, followed by Avalon for a year, early 2011 to early 2012, and then Duos, which opened its lounge/restaurant in fall 2012.

3 changes on 35th SW: Red Star Pizza; JC’s Deli; Hallows Church

December 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 20 Comments

Changes ahead at three locations along a one-mile stretch of 35th SW:

‘NEW BEGINNING’ AT RED STAR PIZZA: Fans of the Sunrise Heights pizzeria have noted an inconsistent schedule for a while, and as first noted here back in May, the location’s future has been up in the air, with plans for the site to be redeveloped as the new home of Clearview Eye Clinic. Last week, the Red Star Twitter account announced closure until further notice, but possibly a “new beginning” ahead. Then today, co-proprietor Shannon Cross e-mailed WSB to say she now owns Red Star along with her West Seattle-native uncle Bill Bent, and that they plan to “rock 7514 35th until 5/31/2015, then we will move location to another part of West Seattle. Red Star is here to stay… Go, Hawks!” (Added: They expect next Wednesday to be their “grand re-opening,” with hours Wed-Fri 4 pm-10 pm, Sat. 2-10 pm, Sun. 12-9 for starters.)

JC’S DELI TO CLOSE: Jeanette Cummings says she’s closing her sandwich shop/deli at 35th/Henderson after this month. It’s been there for 2 years and 2 months. She cites slow business, but we note that this building also is up for sale, offered for $675,000 in a listing that touts “three well-established tenants” as well as redevelopment possibilities (it’s zoned for development up to four stories).

HALLOWS CHURCH: The church at 35th/Cloverdale – formerly Calvary Lutheran, then Gatewood Baptist, then Life Church, but idle the past two years – is now launching as Hallows Church, according to a postal-mail postcard that points to a website which shows that it’s branching off from a church of that name in Fremont. (Side note: Property records show the building’s ownership is still in the name of Gatewood Baptist, as it has been since 2006; court records show a lawsuit between people associated with GB, regarding the future of the property, was dismissed earlier this fall.)

Biznote: Zippy’s Giant Burgers opens Georgetown location during unplanned White Center closure

December 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 3 Comments

Three months ago, we brought you the news that Zippy’s Giant Burgers planned to open a second location in Georgetown. Today, it’s open, weeks earlier than expected, a good thing for Zippy’s fans because the unplanned closure of their White Center location continues – they’re still working on repairs for a key piece of equipment that broke down last week. The Georgetown location is at 5633 Airport Way South (map).

ADDED: Zippy’s expects to reopen White Center on Thursday (December 4) morning.

West Seattle restaurants open Thanksgiving Day – and one unplanned closure tonight

November 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 2 Comments

Just one more reminder before we get to Thanksgiving Day itself: If you are NOT cooking tomorrow, some West Seattle restaurants do plan to be open at least part of the day. As we do every year, we have compiled a list, and you can see that list here. (Keep in mind that proprietors do reserve the right to change their plans at the last minute, so if you find someplace closed that we had listed as planning to be open, or if you find someplace open that’s not on the list, please let us know – text/call 206-293-6302 or e-mail editor@westseattleblog.com; we’ll be updating as needed.) Other holiday info (coffee shops, grocery stores, free dinners, church services, more) is atop our Holiday Guide.

One unplanned restaurant closure *tonight* – Zippy’s Giant Burgers has been having big trouble getting something fixed for the past couple days and, according to a Facebook update, won’t be able to reopen until after the holiday.

P.S. One *new* place IS open – this is grand-opening night at The Westy, as recently announced/previewed here.

Cassis: Welcoming the bistro on Alki as a new WSB sponsor

November 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 7 Comments

Today we’re welcoming one of our newest WSB sponsors, Cassis, the bistro at 2820 Alki Avenue SW. Here’s what proprietor Jef Fike wants you to know:

The summer crowds are gone from the beach and we’re anxious to meet our new neighbors!

Cassis Bistro was open for 7 years on Capitol Hill and was a top ten restaurant in Seattle during that time. We have re-located to West Seattle and we love our new community.

Our food is anchored in French traditional bistro fare. It’s not fussy or precious. It’s just delicious, hearty, and comforting with lots of classics. Our menus change monthly to reflect the seasons and the local, fresh ingredients so readily available in Seattle. We work with small farmers and are committed to organic, grass-fed, non-processed ingredients. We have a great happy hour as well as wine specials on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning in December. We will also be doing Sunday suppers beginning in December.

Sign up for our monthly newsletter at jef@cassisalki.com and like our Facebook page, Cassis. You can also follow us on Instagram at cassis_alki.

See you at the beach!

We thank Cassis for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle restaurants: Opening night for Peel & Press

October 29, 2014 at 5:11 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 29 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Two months after we first reported that Peel & Press was moving into the former Abbondanza space in Morgan Junction, it’s opening night. Just got that word from proprietor Dan Austin (below), with whom we talked in August.

His focus is “stone-fired” pizza and spirits – here’s the drink menu for happy hour (until 6) – and P&P will be open until 11 tonight at 6503 California SW.

West Seattle Junction burger joint! Coastline uncloaks, seeks crowdfunding

October 13, 2014 at 11:52 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 73 Comments

Back in August, we reported that the former Shoofly Pie Company in The Junction would become Coastline, and that Aaron Shepherd, proprietor of Copper Coin in The Admiral District, is involved. Until today – that’s all we could find out. Remodeling has clearly been under way, as you can see in the photo above. And now Shepherd reveals, in his reply to our original inquiry, that Coastline will be a burger joint, and that he’s crowdfunding to get the job done:

The same team that opened Copper Coin is now opening Coastline, a neighborhood burger joint. At Coastline we will focus on the art of the burger, an American classic. By keeping our focus narrow and having a singular craft we are raising the bar on this classic. We create a house blended and hand formed burger using the best all-natural product available to us. Pairing this burger patty with a freshly baked bun that comes out of the Coastline Bakery and working with top quality produce is our recipe for delivering an awesome and delicious burger.

To go with your delicious burger we will be offering a rotating line up of local craft beers, hand cut fries, Husky Deli shakes, and POSSIBLY the same award winning Babe’s Onion Rings you find at both Red Mill and Copper Coin.

This Wednesday we will be having a dual celebration at Copper Coin. To celebrate the two year anniversary of Copper Coin and the soon to open Coastline we will be offering our Deluxe Burger with Haystack Fries at $4.99. On our one year anniversary, in support of I-522, we offered our Deluxe for $5.22, and had a blast seeing nearly all of our neighbors on one night. This year the deal is even better. Why $4.99? That’s the price of a Deluxe at Coastline.

As we near the end of the lengthy challenge that is opening a new restaurant we are turning to our friends and neighbors to help us with the final push of our project budget. We have decided that Kickstarter is the proper teammate in achieving our fundraising goal.

Shepherd’s pitch, complete with a video explaining Coastline, is up on Kickstarter now. Meantime, we’re pursuing a few followup questions, including how soon they hope to open.

12:08 PM: Mid-November, if all goes well, Shepherd replies. We also asked about the windows on the sides that somewhat resemble a drive-through configuration. But no, not going to be a drive-through.

Five West Seattle food/drink biznotes

September 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 25 Comments

Five notes from the local world o’consumables:

COFFEE FOR CHARITY: New program at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB’s flagship sponsor – seven years now! – and Hotwire just marked its 12th anniversary): Each month, Hotwire is working with a charity to “create a special drink to help raise money for their charity. For every drink sold, $2 of the sales goes to their cause. This year we did a drink special with the folks from Seal Sitters and the people from the Log House Museum. I really enjoyed working with the non-profits, so I thought, let’s do it every month!” explains Hotwire proprietor Lora Swift (right). Right now, they’re helping Tilted Thunder raise money for its banked-track practice location. Two of Tilted Thunder’s leaders are West Seattleites, Lora notes. “The criteria is the non-profit must be a 501c3 and have a very strong tie to West Seattle.” Want to get in on Hotwire’s coffee-for-charity? Go here.

WESTSIDE PUBLIC HOUSE: According to both a tipster and a liquor-license application, that’s the new name in the works for the former Terrible Beauty pub/restaurant that closed abruptly in June at California/Edmunds in The Junction. The bare-bones Facebook page for the new operation calls it a “sports bar,” as did our tipster. No timeframe yet.

MOONDROP COFFEE AND TEA: That’s the new operation taking over the former Alki Juice and Java space across from Seacrest Pier, which had been for sale for a while. Sign says it’s expected to open in October.

FALAFEL SALAM TRUCK: This food truck is returning to West Seattle, one night a week for starters, 4-9 pm Wednesdays beginning next week (October 1st), according to chef/owner Shimi Kahn. New location: 7-11 at California/Charlestown.

HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT: Reminder, it’s reopening tonight after a two-day break, 4-8 pm. Harry’s (a WSB sponsor) is at 6032 California SW.

2 West Seattle food notes: Harry’s Chicken Joint, Marination ma kai

September 14, 2014 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 2 Comments

Two restaurant notes:

HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT NOW OPEN SUNDAYS: North of Morgan Junction, Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor) is open Sundays, starting today. Same hours as Tuesdays-Saturdays, 4-8 pm. Menu updates are on Harry’s Facebook page. (6032 California SW)

MARINATION MA KAI FALL HOURS START MONDAY: On the water at Seacrest, restaurant/bar Marination ma kai (also a WSB sponsor) changes to fall/winter hours, starting tomorrow (Monday, September 15th). General manager Shawn Findley says they WILL continue to be open seven days a week; starting tomorrow, it’s 9 am-8 pm Sundays-Thursdays, 9 am-9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. (1660 Harbor SW)

West Seattle restaurants: Mashiko celebrates 20 years!

September 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 6 Comments

(Mashiko’s Hajime Sato, photographed in 2009 by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
For all the times we write about restaurant openings and closures … here’s one making news because it’s hit a milestone. Mashiko in The Junction just noted via Facebook that today is the 20th anniversary of its opening. Mashiko reached a new level of acclaim five years ago when proprietor Hajime Sato made waves by dedicating his entire restaurant to sustainable seafood. (Two years later, he spoke about it at a Sustainable West Seattle event covered here.) Tonight’s Facebook note says, “Hajime is grateful to everyone who has been a part of his journey.” Congratulations to Chef Sato and Mashiko on their 20th!

Zippy’s Giant Burgers expanding, adding second location

August 27, 2014 at 11:53 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 27 Comments

(Added: Future Georgetown location of second Zippy’s; WSB photo by Katie Meyer)
In its seventh year, Zippy’s Giant Burgers is expanding to add a location. No, it’s not in West Seattle, but it’s not far. Zippy’s proprietor Blaine Cook didn’t mention the location when he announced the expansion plan on Facebook this morning (thanks to Bianca for the tip on that!) but he tells WSB it’s in Georgetown, at the American Pie Company location, 5633 Airport Way South. Zippy’s celebrated its sixth anniversary this past May; it opened in a tiny Highland Park spot in 2008, became massively popular almost instantly, and then moved to a much-larger space in White Center in 2011. Blaine says they’re getting the keys to the new location on Labor Day (Zippy’s #1 will be closed that day).

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