West Seattle restaurants: Quick updates on 2 opening soon

December 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 8 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 | 24 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 | 19 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).

West Seattle restaurants: Peel & Press to open in Morgan Junction

August 22, 2014 at 11:11 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 48 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Dan Austin has dreamed of owning and operating his own restaurant/bar since he was 16 years old.

Since then, he’s spent more than half his life working in the food/beverage industry. And now his long-held dream is about to come true.

He is planning to open Peel & Press this fall at 6503 California SW in Morgan Junction.

You might recognize the address as Abbondanza Pizzeria. It’s been for sale a while, and its proprietors have been telling customers (and us, when we called) that they are closing at month’s end, but we didn’t know until this week that the space already had a new owner.

Austin says he gets the keys at the start of September and hopes to open Peel & Press after a month or so of remodeling. He and his family live nearby, in Gatewood, which is where we sat down to talk over coffee.

Click to read the rest of West Seattle restaurants: Peel & Press to open in Morgan Junction…

Happening now: Party time as Luna Park Café celebrates 25 years

August 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm | In Luna Park, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | Comments Off

Until 10 pm, whatever time you see on the clock at Luna Park Café is party time! Tonight’s the night the café celebrates its 25th anniversary, not only by hosting diners and imbibers as it does daily/nightly, but also with entertainment including live bands:

BrittMania, one of two bands playing during the celebration, is a Beatles tribute band – and that has bonus significance tonight, since this is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ 1964 Seattle Center show. (P.S. If you double THAT number, you’ll get a century, which is how long it’s been since Luna Park’s namesake amusement park closed … read the history on the café’s website.) Anyway, lots going on at the party, as noted in our preview of this very busy day.

West Seattle restaurants: Redline WS status check

August 14, 2014 at 10:11 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 22 Comments

We’ve been trying for a week to verify the status of Redline WS at 35th and Avalon – closed temporarily? closed permanently? or? Still no luck, so we’re just going on the record with what we know, as we’ve been getting questions about it multiple times a day. The restaurant/sports bar hasn’t opened for at least a week. We tried e-mailing – the address bounced. Tried calling; either no answer, or a “number not working” message. Tried finding someone there – going by at least once a day for the past week – it’s been locked and dark, and as of Wednesday evening, as a couple readers pointed out, some of the furnishings were gone, including chairs/barstools. No notes on the doors/windows (except for one that had been up a few days, “Closed for Private Party,” with no such party in sight). Redline WS opened in November of last year, with dozens of screens and a bit of inspiration from the years-gone Redline Music and Sports across 35th, whose proprietor Scott Goerig was a consultant for Redline WS owner Mike Bauer. Two months ago, friends organized a fundraiser for Bauer, revealing he was dealing with an health crisis that was getting in the way of his full vision for Redline WS. But that was the last we’d heard from them, and so far we have no way to confirm whether this closure is temporary or permanent.

West Seattle restaurants: La Romanza Bistro closes in The Junction

August 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 38 Comments

Two months after the sudden shutdown of A Terrible Beauty, another Junction restaurant has closed. La Romanza Bistro proprietor Aimee Pellegrini confirmed to us via e-mail that her restaurant at 4521 California SW has shut down. We were checking on its status because of multiple reader e-mails pointing out that La Romanza did not open either day this weekend, and that it appeared some of its interior furnishings had been removed; we noted its website was down and that its phone was answered with a recorded message saying simply, “La Romanza is closed.” Then our e-mail inquiry was answered, confirming that the closure is permanent. The restaurant opened as the Tuscan Tea Room in fall 2010 as an adjunct to Pellegrini’s well-regarded Romanza Floral business, and then morphed in April 2012 into a full-service restaurant, offering Italian cuisine as well as the tea service and live music. No indication so far what’s next for the space.

West Seattle food/drink notes: Treehouse Lounge; Blackboard Bistro; Spoke & Food; new Alki tour…

July 24, 2014 at 11:18 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 1 Comment

Four food/drink notes today, starting with two venues getting new looks:

(In-progress photo courtesy Mind Unwind/Treehouse Lounge – see the ‘after’ view tonight)
GROUND-FLOOR ‘TREEHOUSE’: Krystal Kelley from Mind Unwind at 2206 California SW in The Admiral District says its Treehouse Lounge is reopening at 4 pm today after a big change – more like an exchange: The lounge will now be on the ground floor, while Mind Unwind‘s adult art classes (etc.) will be on the second floor. The work’s been under way for about two weeks. “Many people have been walking by worrying that the art gallery is going away, it isn’t…in fact, it is becoming even more robust.” It’ll reopen with 4-10 pm hours Tuesdays-Saturdays, serving “specialty sake cocktails, wine, and beer,” plus, Kelley adds, “Food service will be coming in September. We are 21 and over until we introduce food, then we will be family friendly.”

BLACKBOARD BISTRO: South of Admiral, Blackboard Bistro is scheduled to reopen tomorrow after 4+ days of renovation work (extra Wednesday-Thursday closures following BB’s usual Monday-Tuesday days off). The restaurant is in its fifth year at 3247 California.

DINE OUT TUESDAY FOR SPOKE & FOOD: The annual dining-out fundraiser encouraging people to ride their bikes to dinner is next Tuesday (July 29th), 5-10 pm, and two local venues are on the list this year – Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) at Seacrest, and Proletariat Pizza in White Center. The Outdoors For All Foundation gets 20 percent of the proceeds on Spoke & Food night; here’s the official citywide flyer.

SPEAKING OF BIKING AND DINING … A new tour launched on Alki this month combines both. Taste Seattle Food Tours, owned by West Seattleites Felicia Watson and Roen Ako, is now offering bicycle tours at 11 am Fridays and Saturdays with stops at five beach-area eateries, starting at Marination and ending at another WSB sponsor, Salty’s. They invite locals and tourists alike to try it out; you’ll find more information on their company’s website.

West Seattle restaurants: Alki sign up for future Blue Moon Burgers

July 11, 2014 at 10:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 15 Comments

Thanks to Kenna for the photo and to Will for the tip – the Blue Moon Burgers sign finally has gone up at its future Alki location (former home of Alki Auto Repair, now in the Luna Park business district). Our first report was back in March; Blue Moon officially confirmed it to us in early April. When we spoke with him then, owner Charlie Olson didn’t expect that remodeling work (they’re remodeling, NOT replacing, the auto-repair building) would take long once they got the permits; we’ll check with him to see if they have an update.

West Seattle food: Shoofly Pie Company to close in The Junction

July 2, 2014 at 11:56 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 30 Comments

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)
Shoofly Pie Company in The Junction has announced its shop will close next month. Here’s what proprietor Kimmy Tomlinson posted this morning on Facebook:

Friends of Shoofly – After 7 wonderful years bringing pie to wonderful West Seattle, Zak and I have decided to pursue other life interests (I dunno, maybe write a cookbook?! ;)). Our last day at our retail store will be Sunday, August 17th. It is bittersweet, but we are also looking forward to the next chapter of our lives.

Thank you so much for supporting us from the beginning when most people were asking the question, “you’re going to open a bakery that only sells pie??!?” We hope you’ve enjoyed our handmade pies as much as we’ve enjoyed making them for you. Thank you to all the brides and grooms who have given us the honor of making your wedding pies. Most of all, thank you to our amazing staff who have always gone above and beyond throughout the years. We’ll miss you.

Please stop by at street fair and over the next weeks to enjoy some pie and help us say goodbye. And remember, Pie Fixes Everything!

Shoofly is at 4444 California SW, where it opened in July 2007 (and notes, also on FB, that it’ll be open 10 am-4 pm on the 4th of July).

West Seattle (and vicinity) food notes: Room 22; Full Tilt; Top Pot Doughnuts followup

June 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, White Center | 6 Comments

ROOM 22: Last August, Pizzeria 22 proprietor Cary Kemp announced an expansion next door, to add dining-room and event space. The expansion, dubbed Room 22, opens Saturday, he tells WSB:

Room 22 will provide an additional 50 seats to our restaurant, as well as one of West Seattle’s largest private dining rooms for up to 50 guests. We will now be able to offer reservations for parties of 6 or more any time and will no longer have the space and wait issues that we have experienced in the past.

Saturday is also Pizzeria 22′s third anniversary.

SPEAKING OF ANNIVERSARIES: In case you missed the Full Tilt Ice Cream update on our partner site White Center Now last weekend, the company founded in White Center by Justin Cline and Ann Magyar celebrated its sixth anniversary last Friday. We stopped in that night for a quick check-in, and found Justin, Ann, and son Moss on hand:

Two major updates as Full Tilt continues to grow – they’ll soon launch an ice-cream truck (as compared to the cart/s they’ve had in recent years, including the one at last weekend’s Morgan Junction Community Festival) that’s expected to spend lots of time on Alki, and the number of grocery stores selling Full Tilt pints is about to double. They’re in 60+ stores now and about to add ~60 more, going into Western Washington QFCs.

SPEAKING OF ICE CREAM: It’ll be part of Top Pot Doughnuts‘ first West Seattle location. Back on Tuesday, we broke the news that Top Pot is moving into the vacant-since-built east side of 2758 Alki Avenue SW. Since then, we’ve had a chance to talk with Top Pot co-founder Mark Klebeck, and he had a few more details to share. First, the “fall” opening is vague because as always, it’s a matter of how the city permit process goes, and they don’t expect it’ll be any sooner than the first day of fall (September 21st). Second, the hours will likely be along the lines of 6 am-9 pm, with adjustment based on how business goes. Third, one special feature – Snoqualmie Ice Cream makes a special “doughnut-inspired” ice cream for a few Top Pot locations, and this one will feature it. Why West Seattle? we asked. Klebeck said every time they’ve opened a new spot somewhere, they’d hear from upset West Seattleites saying “why not here?” They were looking for the right location and finally decided this was it.

West Seattle food: Top Pot Doughnuts coming to Alki Beach

June 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 57 Comments

After three years, the remaining space at 2758 Alki Avenue SW has a tenant: Top Pot Doughnuts, according to broker Blake Taylor with West Coast Commercial Realty, who shared the photo above. That will put Top Pot between Subway (which opened in the west half of the 2758 Alki building last August) and Starbucks. The chain is Seattle-based, founded 12 years ago on Capitol Hill, with locations around the metro area plus one in Texas. We’re contacting Top Pot to find out more about its Alki plan. Side note: Its new beachfront home was built on the site of the original Pegasus Pizza on Alki, torn down four years ago, which in turn was 2 years after Pegasus moved down the block to the west.

4:52 PM: As pointed out by Mike in comments, Top Pot has since tweeted about the West Seattle location, saying it’ll open in fall.

West Seattle restaurants: A Terrible Beauty has closed in The Junction

June 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 143 Comments

After three years, the Irish pub/restaurant mini-chain A Terrible Beauty has closed its West Seattle location at California/Edmunds. When it opened in spring 2011, it was the second location, following the original A Terrible Beauty in Renton; it was later followed by a Lake Union ATB, and its owners recently announced they are adding a new brand in the same Lake Union building, The Big Country Lakeside Saloon and Kitchen. ATB’s website no longer mentions the West Seattle location, and the WS Facebook page appears to have been deleted; when we looked at it over the weekend, checking out the first reader tip that closure was looming, we noted a mention that ATB-WS had recently cut back on weekday hours, saying that nearby construction was affecting business. The closure was confirmed by someone who came to the door at the shuttered restaurant a short time ago, though he declined further comment.

ATB lasted longer in the corner space than its predecessors Table 35 (10 months) and Ama Ama (21 months). What’s next? We’ll be working to find out.

Greenbridge Café: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor

June 9, 2014 at 4:06 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 3 Comments

Today we welcome one of our newest WSB sponsors, Greenbridge Café, now open for breakfast and lunch 6 days a week. New sponsors get the chance to tell you about themselves, and here’s what the café would like you to know:

Greenbridge Café is owned and operated by Chef Blanca Rodriguez (formerly with the Nordstrom Cafés and current owner of Pimienta Bar & Grill in Federal Way.

Greenbridge Café is a neighborhood gem using fresh, local ingredients for its delicious selection of gourmet sandwiches and soups. They have a wonderful assortment of hot foods, fresh-baked goods, and coffee or tea for breakfast. Lunches include an assortment of fresh gourmet sandwiches on assorted rustic, artisan breads and soups all made with local Northwest ingredients. (See the menu by going here.)

The Greenbridge Café philosophy is to support the community by providing a warm and friendly atmosphere for our customers. This is the perfect place to get out of the office for lunch with your peers or stop in for some delicious food and catch up with a good friend. Have a business meeting or celebration? Let us know and we’ll reserve seating for you.

Please stop by! We look forward to serving you! Current hours are 8 am-4 pm Mondays-Fridays and 10 am-4 pm Saturdays, at 9901 8th Avenue SW – 206-762-3447.

We thank Greenbridge Café 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 weekend scenes: Tat’s Truck & Burger Boss debut

June 8, 2014 at 11:40 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 13 Comments

As previewed here earlier in the week, two food debuts in West Seattle this weekend:

The truck spinoff from Tat’s Deli in Pioneer Square is scheduled to be open until 2 pm at 35th/Graham – that’s after a momentary scare, when the generator acted up right at 11 am, per a subsequent tweet from SeattleFoodTruck.com – which subsequently tweeted (and thanks also to the person who texted us) that it was fixed and all’s well now. For today, the truck’s in the Hans VW spot where other food trucks have held court over the years (including Marination’s “Big Blue” long before it opened Ma kai [WSB sponsor] at Seacrest). (Added a few minutes later – someone just texted to say the line’s about 20 people long, and the operators came out to say thanks to those who’d shown up.)

And at 9061 Delridge Way … Burger Boss opened Saturday afternoon as announced:

We stopped by about an hour after its opening; their walkup windows were busy. And thanks to Christina for sending images of the menu – here and here. We’ll be adding BB to the WSB West Seattle Restaurant Guide within a day or two (you are welcome to add mini-review-type comments to the ~100 entries there any time).

West Seattle food: Gluten-free pizza; Father’s Day BBQ; new truck

May 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 8 Comments

Three West Seattle food notes tonight:

GLUTEN-FREE CRUST AT ZEEKS: Starting Monday, a new option at Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsor) – gluten-free crust. Our friends at Ravenna Blog broke the news on Twitter today:

The GF crusts are in partnership with Nuflours. You won’t see the option on the online menu immediately, but you’ll be able to order by phone – again, starting Monday – or while dining in.

FATHER’S DAY AT DUOS: A little over two weeks until Father’s Day, and Duos Lounge (WSB sponsor) in Luna Park is offering a special menu 11 am-4 pm, including barbecued ribs and fried chicken. See the menu here. Reservations suggested.

TAT’S TRUCK: A new food truck spinning off from the renowned Pioneer Square sandwich shop Tat’s Deli will be based out of West Seattle (as are more than a few trucks, you’ve probably noticed), its owners tell WSB. They’re planning a “soft open” on June 7th, West Seattle location TBA (watch here), and they’re hiring (here’s their CL ad – we’ll be pointing them to the free listings in the WSB Forums, too).

West Seattle restaurants: Thai Landing closed by health inspectors

May 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 31 Comments

Just in from King County Public Health – its inspectors closed the Thai Landing on Alki restaurant this afternoon. Here’s the notice published online:

Thai Landing on Alki
2620 Alki Av SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Closed: May 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures
Foods not protected from cross-contamination
Equipment/utensils not properly sanitized
Handwashing facilities inaccessible
Failure to correct repeated violations

The county will announce when it’s cleared to open again; you can check its status here.

West Seattle restaurant notes: Marination ma kai goes 7 days a week; Fresh Bistro goes retro; Admiral mystery; more

May 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 21 Comments

West Seattle restaurant updates to share tonight:

MARINATION MA KAI’S SUMMER SCHEDULE: Starting tomorrow, Marination ma kai (1660 Harbor Ave. SW; WSB sponsor) will be open seven days a week for summer. GM Shawn Findley says that comes along with expanded summer hours – 9 am-9 pm Sundays-Thursdays, 9 am-10 pm Fridays and Saturdays – and the new patio bar is open throughout the holiday weekend. If you’re free for lunch on Wednesday, a TV crew will be there, and Marination is offering an extra treat with all purchases – details in this tweet.

FRESH BISTRO’S ANNIVERSARY MENU: Fresh Bistro (4725 42nd SW) just returned to the WSB sponsor team to help get the word out about its 5th-anniversary celebration, including a special menu with some of the favorites from its early days.

The special anniversary menu is available through June 5th, with dishes including pan-fried garlic-chive cakes, Ahi Tuna Avocado Mango, Kalbi-Marinated Grilled Wagyu Flank Steak for shared plates, Cedar Seared Wild King Salmon, Fennel-Crusted Halibut (photo above), and Kurabuta Pork New York for entrées, plus a special dessert treat – see the anniversary menu here, and other menus here. Fresh Bistro is open for dinner Mondays-Saturdays, 5 pm-10 pm, and for brunch Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am-3 pm; you can book a reservation online by going here.

ROYAL INDIA GRILL MYSTERY: We’re trying to find out the status of Royal India Grill in The Admiral District, after John tipped us that the space appeared vacant – we’ve gone by twice in three days and as of the second look today, the dining area is indeed empty, no furniture, no signs, nobody there, no information on whether it’s a closure or possibly something else like an impending remodel, nobody answers the phone, no hints on website or Facebook page. The restaurant changed hands in early 2013. Any info, please e-mail us!

HOLIDAY CLOSURES: Per social-media announcements, Zippy’s Giant Burgers will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday; Mashiko in The Junction will be closed Monday through Wednesday.

UPDATING THE WSB RESTAURANT GUIDE: We’re in the process of checking with local restaurants to see if any information has changed since last time we updated the WSB West Seattle Restaurant Guide. (Restaurants are also welcome to contact us any time with updates.)

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