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)
(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!
(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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
As previewed here earlier in the week, two food debuts in West Seattle this weekend:
— SeattleFoodTruck.com (@seattlefoodtrk) June 8, 2014
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).
Three West Seattle food notes tonight:
— Ravenna Blog (@RavennaBlog) May 29, 2014
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).
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; moreMay 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!
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.)
The Taste of West Seattle, benefiting WS Helpline, is usually a sellout by the time the doors open and the tasting begins … so if you are thinking about going, but haven’t purchased tickets, don’t wait – a few dozen remain, we just found out.
What? Haven’t heard about it? More than 40 restaurants and beverage establishments are participating, and once you’re in, you can try them all, if you have time and room. It’s tomorrow night (Thursday, May 15th), at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW, south side of the historic schoolhouse), 6 pm if you get the VIP ticket ($95), 6:30 pm otherwise ($50), must be at least 21 (bring ID!). The participating/hosting venues donate the food, beverages, and people, and the proceeds go to make sure the Helpline can continue providing assistance to people in emergency circumstances. Tickets await you online, here.
P.S. Click ahead for a list of participants:
Two anniversaries to note:
ZIPPY’S GIANT BURGERS: Six years ago today, Blaine Cook (center, photographed today with Nikki and Lyssie) and Rahel Cook opened Zippy’s Giant Burgers in Highland Park. (Here’s our opening-day story.) Though they moved to bigger digs in White Center three years later, we consider them an honorary “Wesseattle” business for life.
LUCIANO’S PIZZA: In case you didn’t already see the note in the WSB Forums – the little pizza joint next to the historic Admiral Theater has been open a decade, and is giving away pizza slices today to celebrate. Go see George and staff any time until 10 pm tonight.
Just a block south of the West Seattle/White Center line, a brand-new restaurant opened today: Greenbridge Café. Its owner, Chef Blanca Rodriguez, e-mailed to let us – and you! – know about it. It’s been taking shape at the corner of 8th SW and SW 99th in recent months and is now open for breakfast and lunch (fresh-made sandwiches, salads, and soups), 8 am-4 pm. See the menu here. Chef Rodriguez also owns Pimientra Bistro and Bar in Federal Way.
(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
One full year after signing the lease for the former Circle K site in South Delridge, the proprietors of Burger Boss are close to opening West Seattle’s next burger joint.
We talked with co-proprietor Brian Azzano at the almost-ready-to-open site (9061 Delridge Way SW) last night. WSB readers had reported sightings of activity for weeks – and we noticed exterior work, including the parking lot resurfacing – but it took a while to connect with the proprietors.
But job 1 is to get the home of Burger Boss open.
Less than two weeks until this year’s citywide Dining Out for Life benefit for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, on Thursday, April 24th. Six West Seattle/White Center restaurants are on the participants list so far, all listed as donating 30 percent of their proceeds during the dayparts noted below:
Duos (WSB sponsor) – dinner
Buddha Ruksa – dinner
Locol Barley & Vine – dinner, late night
Mac’s Triangle Pub – lunch, dinner, late night
Proletariat Pizza – dinner
Talarico’s Pizzeria – dinner, late night
The full area list is here (sortable by cuisine, neighborhood[s], daypart).
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Now that Alki Auto has moved into its new Luna Park home, its former beachfront site’s future has been confirmed: Blue Moon Burgers is indeed opening on Alki.
As reported here last month – when we first learned that the auto shop was moving – although the city website said a restaurant was moving in, with BMB proprietor Charlie Olson‘s name on the permit, he wasn’t ready to comment on whether that was the plan.
Now he is, so we just talked with him by phone to get the details:
Alki will be the fourth Blue Moon Burgers location, after South Lake Union, Fremont, and Capitol Hill.
Blue Moon’s distinctive features, according to Olson, include:
ORIGINAL REPORT, 10:19 AM: Starting today, Amante Pizza and Pasta is operating temporarily out of Bamboo Grill on Alki, according to the two establishments’ owner. We first reported in December that 3239 California SW, home to Amante and U-Frame-It, was slated for demolition to make way for townhouses/single-family houses on the site; one month ago, U-Frame-It announced it was seeking a new location, and now we’ve heard for the first time about Amante’s plans. Owner Plamen Stoyanov says, “We will continue to serve our customers regular hours (11 am-11 pm) every day. The phone number stays the same, 206-933-7555. This is just temporary and we are looking for a new place!”
ADDED 2:49 PM: After publishing this, we went over to check with U-Frame-It. They say they have found a new location, at Jefferson Square, but they don’t have a moving date set yet.
After a few months on the market, the Heartland Café and Benbow Room in The Admiral District have new (and also local!) owners: West Seattleites Allison and Ian Hill. Here’s the announcement from Jay Wergin, who opened the Heartland four years ago (March 2010 WSB photo at right):
After a memorable four years serving Midwest-inspired comfort food to the people of West Seattle’s Admiral District, the owners of the Heartland Café announce that we have sold the business to new owners Allison and Ian Hill, effective in April, 2014.
We are grateful for the community’s support over the past four years and thank everyone who took the time to stop in and patronize our business. I’m thrilled that we had the opportunity to resurrect the Benbow Room bar and launch a family-friendly café in the Admiral District. As longtime residents of the area, we knew our neighborhood needed an establishment like the Heartland. It took us almost an entire year, back in 2009, to breathe new life into a building that had been abandoned and neglected for five years.
Alki Beach burger battle? New restaurant on the way, and Blue Moon Burgers owner’s name is on the applicationMarch 17, 2014 at 11:31 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 43 Comments
Thanks to Jonathan French for the tip: Online city records say the site of Alki Auto Repair (2504 Alki SW) is proposed for conversion to a restaurant. The site is already next to two – Christo’s and Duke’s. What restaurant is on the way, you ask? The DPD docs offer only one big hint: The “financially responsible party” is listed as Charlie Olson, owner of Blue Moon Burgers, and the address listed on the application, 920 Republican, checks to Blue Moon’s South Lake Union business-district location.
The Blue Moon name is NOT on the publicly viewable city documents, though; they list another company with which he is affiliated, Olson’s Baking Company. (No restaurants in that company, though, so far as we can tell.) Olson declined comment. Blue Moon has three locations – besides SLU, Capitol Hill and Fremont; back in 2007, we mentioned it here on WSB because of a story elsewhere mentioning it was eyeing WS. If the new restaurant does turn out to be a BMB, it would join Fatburger, which opened its first Seattle location on Alki last October, and longtime burgers-and-more Pepperdock. Updates as we get them (including anything we learn about Alki Auto’s future).
ADDED TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Dane at Alki Auto confirms what was mentioned in comments:
We the staff at Alki Auto Repair are pleased to inform you that we will be moving to Avalon way and the site of the british auto center as of April 1. We will continue to operate at the 2504 Address until the end of the month. Our future is bright in the auto repair business and we will continue to strive in helping our customers with quality auto repair.
Dane W. Hurn
Alki Auto Repair
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