West Seattle, Washington
Giannoni’s Pizzeria in Westwood Village has closed permanently, confirms proprietor Donna Burns. Earlier this month, they had planned to close for renovation, long overdue after 10 1/2 years in business, but the plan has changed, she told WSB, and they will not be reopening:
Giannoni’s would like to thank all of our wonderful and very loyal customers over the last 10+ years. You have been the best part of our days!
After being faced with many challenges while attempting to update and renovate the space, we ultimately decided that there were other opportunities we would like to pursue.
Westwood management will get pizza back in the mall very soon and we hope that the area continues to grow and be a great place for West Seattle to shop!
We inquired after someone sent us a photo of a notice that mall management had taped to the restaurant’s papered-over windows. Burns says they have been in contact with them. This is the third WWV closure so far this year, following Fresh Vitamins and Carter’s.
Today we welcome Mission Cantina as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what they would like you to know about who they are and what they do:
Mission Cantina: Celebrating Mexican food and culture in West Seattle’s Admiral District since 2005. West Seattle-owned and -operated, proudly including woman and minority partners.
Located a few steps from the historic Admiral Theater, Mission Cantina serves authentic Mexican fare and offers something for everyone, including Cochinita Pibil, Sweet Potato Enchiladas, and Tacos de Pescado on house-made masa tortillas. Our extensive collection of tequila, mezcal, sotol and craft cocktails will inspire you to try something new. 39 hours of Happy Hour every week, with late-night bites like our famous Nachos and soon-to-be-famous Mission Tijuana Dog. Not enough Nachos in your life? Get ’em during our Weekend Brunch alongside 15 flavors of Bottomless Mimosas!
Peter Morse, an original owner and manager of the restaurant previously known as Mission Latin Lounge, teamed up with new partners, husband-and-wife team Shawn and Tina Padilla, in August 2016, and they now operate under the name of Mission Cantina. This was the first ownership change for the West Seattle restaurant since it opened in 2005.
Peter has worked in the restaurant industry throughout his high school, college, and adult life. His appreciation for great Mexican food, spirits, and restaurants started when he was employed at El Camino restaurant in Fremont for 8 years. In 2001 he packed up his pickup truck and surfboards and headed south, stopping along the way to live and work in several countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. While exploring Central America he fell in love with Latin culture and cuisine. Peter keeps Mission Cantina progressive, fun, and exciting for the restaurant regulars and new customers by returning to Mexico with his son Gus and daughter Edith as often as he can, picking up new food, cocktail, and design ideas on his travels.
Shawn’s goal is to share his passion for all things agave with his West Seattle neighbors and the greater Seattle community. Shawn is dedicated to promoting Mexican spirits, food, and culture with all who visit Mission Cantina. Shawn polished his palate for 12 years while living in San Diego, before retiring from the U.S. Army Military Police and relocating to Seattle in 2011 to be closer to family. Known to his 6 grandchildren as Papa and friends as Shawn Pedro, his global travels have focused on Mexico in search of the best tequilas and mezcals. During Shawn’s explorations he has had the good fortune to meet leading master distillers and learn tequila production in their distilleries, savoring every sip of the agave art that results.
Tina joins the family of Mission Cantina partners to share her appreciation for unique and flavorful mezcal, sotol, and bacanora. As a college student in San Diego, Tina’s introduction to tequila was similar to many others: served alongside a bucket of beer and not worthy of sipping. Many years later, a sip of mezcal proved that the world of agave has much more to offer. The various and sometimes rare expressions of mezcal offer an enchanting variety of flavor characteristics, from smoky to fresh-cut grass, caramel to brine. Tina hopes to help others explore the fascinating world of agave-based spirits in search of their favorite.
Mission Cantina is at 2325 California SW, open 4 pm to 2 am daily, plus 10 am-4 pm weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays; Happy Hours are 4-6 pm weekdays, 10 am-6 pm weekends.
We thank Mission Cantina 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.
First, the ribboncutting … then, the pizza-making!
As first reported here last week and previewed this morning in our daily highlights list, it’s Opening Day for MOD Pizza at The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW; WSB sponsor). The Seattle-born chain offers you the opportunity to pick your toppings, and charges you the same, however many or few you choose. It also is donating opening-day pizza proceeds to FareStart, a job-training program that MOD says has a 90 percent hire rate within 90 days of graduation. Below are Megan Hampson and Molly Hancock from FareStart, with West Seattle Chamber of Commerce board chair Pete Spalding:
MOD West Seattle will be open 10:30 am-11 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 am-10 pm Sundays-Thursdays. And they chose an apropos date to open – it’s National Pizza Day.
Three weeks ago, we reported that the new MOD Pizza in The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW; WSB sponsor) planned to open in “early February.” The official grand opening is now set for one week from today – noon on Friday, February 9th. The Seattle-based chain also has picked the nonprofit to which it’ll donate opening day’s pizza proceeds: FareStart. If you haven’t been to MOD, its angle on pizza is that you get to choose your toppings, none or one or many, same price.
If you go to Giannoni’s Pizzeria in Westwood Village sometime between next Sunday (February 4th) and the following Sunday (February 11th), don’t panic if you find it closed – Giannoni’s proprietor Donna Burns tells WSB that they’ll be closing for eight days for maintenance and updates: “After 10 years, it’s time to do updates including new floors and painting.” But until then – they’re open, and as a bonus, Donna says, “Pizza deals on Saturday – everything must go!” The closure officially starts at 9 pm this Saturday and is scheduled to end Monday, February 12th, with an 11 am reopening.
Two biznotes this afternoon:
FRESH VITAMINS: After noticing the “store closing”/liquidation sale signs at the Westwood Village store last night, we called today for details. We’re told the chain is closing its Washington and California stores but the exact date depends on how quickly the inventory is sold – could be open for a few more weeks.
JUST POKE: After a commenter pointed out recently that this poké restaurant mini-chain had announced it’s coming to West Seattle this year, we asked for more details. Finally heard back from co-founder Norman, who explains that it’s taking a little longer than they had hoped because the first (unspecified) location fell through – but they’re on the brink of signing for another (unspecified) location, one that he said already is set up for food/beverages, so once they have a lease, the turnaround won’t be too long.
Another impending business closure to report today. Tap Station proprietor Jeremy Martin just sent us this open letter to the community, with the announcement:
To our Neighbors and Friends;
There is no easy way to say this, but the time has come to say goodbye. We’ve spent 4 years at the corner of Kenyon and 35th getting to know many of you and your wonderful families. Each of you has influenced us to try and turn Tap Station into the family-friendly, community gathering place you deserve … but it’s time for a change. All of us will take great memories with us as we move on to new adventures and opportunities. Thank you so much for attending our events and for sharing your wonderful community with us.
Please stop in and say “Hi” one last time, as we will be closing the doors at the end of the day on Sunday, January 28th. While you’re here, feel free to stock up on all of your favorite beers, wines, and ciders, and don’t miss our very last Trivia night on Friday, January 26th at 7 pm.
THANK YOU again for all you have done for us; we will miss you all.
Goodbye for now,
Your friends at Tap Station
It was summer 2013 when we reported that Tap Station was moving into the ex-flower shop on the southeast corner of 35th/Kenyon. It started as a beverage store and added restaurant operations a little more than a year ago.
For the second time in less than a year, a Subway sandwich shop is closing in West Seattle. After a tip from Rebekah (thank you!), we went to the Jefferson Square Subway to confirm the closure. As the note on the door says, tomorrow is the shop’s last day. This will be the second Subway in West Seattle to close in less than a year and a half; the one at 2758 Alki SW lasted three years. Remaining Subways in West Seattle are at 3829 Delridge Way SW in North Delridge, 6515 California SW in Morgan Junction, and 6760 W. Marginal Way SW in Highland Park, all shown in the city business-license database as having different franchisees. The chain has been reported to be having some rocky times nationwide.
ORIGINAL THURSDAY REPORT: Seattle-King County Public Health announced this afternoon that it has closed Pho Aroma (5605 Delridge Way SW) temporarily because of an illness outbreak. On Tuesday, the department said, it “learned of 3 ill persons from one meal party that became ill after consuming food and beverage from the restaurant on January 13.” While visiting the restaurant on January 17th, the report continues, “investigators identified 2 employees who experienced similar symptoms after the ill customers’ meal date of January 13.” The department’s report continues:
We do not have laboratory confirmation of the pathogen responsible for the illness, but symptoms are suggestive of norovirus. Often in norovirus outbreaks, no laboratory testing is done. The exact food or drink item that caused the illness has not been identified, though this is not uncommon for norovirus outbreaks where multiple food items may be contaminated.
The Health Department adds, “The restaurant is working cooperatively with Public Health; they closed on January 17 to allow time to complete a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the restaurant.” Department staff will revisit the restaurant before clearing it to re-open. Full details on its investigation are here.
UPDATE: As noted in comment discussion below, the Public Health website notes that the restaurant reopened on January 19th.
Thanks for the tips about that new banner hanging outside the ex-Kokoras space in Morgan Junction. It proclaims “Grand Opening” for TeriFresh, though it’s not open yet. Kokoras closed three months ago and when we found a crew working inside, they told us they were remodeling. Then some time ago, a local businessperson reported seeing a flyer that said TeriFresh was coming; when we reported on Kokoras’s ownership change a little over a year ago, our story included a mention that the new owner owned TeriFresh in Maple Valley. We tried to contact them about the flyer and never got a response; we’ve also been going by looking for anyone at work inside, and there’s been nothing visible for a long time until the new banner. If you want to find out more about TeriFresh, here’s the website for their Maple Valley restaurant.
Thanks to Rich for the tip – less than two weeks after West Seattle Produce closed at future apartment site 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW, another closure: Mexican-food truck Taqueria La Original was towed off the lot this morning, and like WS Produce, it is now in search of a new home. We talked with TLO management by phone; they’re hoping to find a new home in West Seattle, but “it’s hard.” Once the truck does find a new location, they promise to announce it online. Taqueria La Original took the spot outside WS Produce almost exactly a year ago, same spot left by another food truck, Beloved Mexico, just over a year earlier.
The photos are from the proprietors of Srivilai Thai Cuisine, who sent word late last night that the restaurant is now open at 3247 California SW (where Blackboard Bistro closed in August): “We won’t have our signage in place until Wednesday of next week, but everyone is welcome to stop by and have Thai food, beer and wine nonetheless.”
As we reported in September, they plan to serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week, phone number 206-257-5171.
We just stopped in to verify that this really is Reopening Day at Alki Spud Fish and Chips. What was expected to be a month-long maintenance/repair closure stretched to a month and a half, but today the refreshed restaurant with 82 years of history is back open for business at 2666 Alki SW. Some remodeling upstairs too:
Today we welcome Alchemy in the West Seattle Junction as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what Alchemy and its parent company – soon to open its second Junction venture – would like you to know:
We are F2T Hospitality. Our goal as a company as a whole is to provide a food and beverage program that utilizes locally sourced ingredients to stretch our customers’ palates while also making you feel as comfortable as if you were sitting in your own living room with friends. Our menus are familiar, playful with just a hint of culinary and mixologist playfulness.
Alchemy is the first of two ventures that will be popping up around the West Seattle neighborhood. The second being Vine & Spoon on California Ave. We love it here. From the beginning, our motivation has been not to change but enhance this vibrant neighborhood in our own special way. Grow as our community develops and get to know everyone who walks through our doors.
We invite you to stop in, introduce yourself, and try some of our delicious items. And please, don’t be intimidated. Our entire staff is here to help you along the way. We know craft cocktailing can be a foreign language to even the most avid drinker, and our menu’s play on some of childhood memory dishes and comfort foods may not read as simple at times, but we assure you you will love it all as much as we loved preparing it for you, and we LOVE talking about it because we are passionate about what we do. You will no doubt meet Katie Benjamin walking around chatting with tables. She loves to talk about our food and drinks so don’t hesitate to chat her up about our menus or whatever else you are thinking about.
So pop in and see us. Grab a cocktail in some flip flops, in your suit straight from the office, or on date night. We are all about your experience, whatever it may be, and can’t wait for you to try us. And if you have already, please come see us again soon! 4717 42nd SW.
We thank Alchemy and F2T Hospitality 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.
If you were looking forward to Alki Spud Fish and Chips reopening today, you have to wait a few more days. We checked with parent company Ivar’s, and regional manager Theresa Fallon replied:
Barring any more setbacks, Alki Spud will be opening on Wednesday 11/29.
We are excited to get back open and serve all those Guests who have missed their hometown favorite!
Spud’s been closed for more than a month for “much-needed repairs.”
NOVEMBER 27TH UPDATE: Now the date is Thursday 11/30.
Just in case you’re looking for a taste of home while off-peninsula:
ITTO’S TAPAS 2 ON CAPITOL HILL: Exactly two years after opening on the north edge of The Junction, Itto’s Tapas launches a second location on Capitol Hill tomorrow. They’ve taken over the former Toscana Pizzeria location at 601 Summit Ave. E. General manager Devrim Øzkan tells WSB, “Our first location in West Seattle has been fortunate to share so many wonderful experiences with it’s community through food and libations; we are hoping to make a similar mark in Capitol Hill. Our new location, unlike our spot in West Seattle, will be 21+.”
PIZZERIA 22 PROPRIETOR’S SODO PROJECT: Cary Kemp of Pizzeria 22 in The Admiral District says he’s been “hired as a consultant and executive chef to help create a New York style pizzeria in SODO that will feature a full Italian menu; it’s called Nine Pies Pizzeria and will be connected to the Nine Hats tasting room. It’s a beautiful restaurant and we plan to open the first of the year.” Address: 3861 1st Ave. S.
Two quick biznotes about restaurants current and future:
BE’S: Thanks to the texter who sent a photo of the sign in the window of Be’s Restaurant (4509 California SW) in The Junction, saying they’re “on vacation” and expecting to reopen Monday (November 20th).
MOD PIZZA: Apparently the future pizza place at The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW; WSB sponsor) has moved up its timetable. When last we checked on their plans for opening, MOD said it had been delayed until next June. In a Twitter conversation this week, that changed to February.
Speaking of restaurants … our list of the ones that told us they’ll be open Thanksgiving is here (and linked in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, too) – any additions/changes, let us know, email@example.com – thanks!
When we talked with Chef Mark Fuller and Marjorie Chang Fuller for our recent preview of their new Junction venture Supreme, they were aiming for an opening date of November 12th. Now it’s here – and so is Supreme. We just stopped by their bar-with-New-York-style-pizza-and-pinball joint at 4521 California SW for an opening-night photo. (Note the slushie machines toward the right side, like their north-of-Morgan enterprise New Luck Toy.) The menu is online; Supreme’s hours are (updated) 4 pm-2 am every day.
Thanks for the tips. We’ve been trying to confirm this one for a while, ever since a liquor-license notice appeared for Café Mia at the same address as Fiddlehead Fine Foods in The Junction (4310 SW Oregon) – and today Fiddlehead has itself confirmed that it’s closed (the shown-above notice is in the window – thanks to Daniel for the photo):
Thank you for your support and business over the last 6 years. It has been quite a journey and we have enjoyed meeting and serving our neighbors here in the West Seattle Junction. We are excited to announce there is a new breakfast/lunch cafe (Cafe Mia) that will be taking over and wish them the best of luck.
Café Mia describes itself as a “bistro + vin bar in West Seattle specializing in house-made global cuisine, wines, craft beer, teas, PNW coffee, & organic juices + smoothies.”
Two biznotes this afternoon, both about reopenings:
CAFFE LADRO REOPENS TOMORROW: Last Sunday, we stopped by Caffe Ladro in south Morgan Junction and discovered it was closed, a sign on the door saying maintenance/repair work was the reason. We hadn’t checked back but learned today after a tip from John that it was still closed. So we contacted corporate HQ and just heard back from Robert Ohly: “We had an issue with the plumbing in the café that has now been resolved. We will be open tomorrow, Thursday November 9 at 5 am.”
ALKI SPUD PUSHES BACK REOPENING DATE: When Spud Fish and Chips on Alki closed for maintenance work last month, a mid-November reopening date was projected. Today, the company says it has a new date – November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
It’s been almost a decade since Chef Mark Fuller and Marjorie Chang Fuller opened their first West Seattle dining/drinking establishment.
Now, they’re about to open their third, months after adding a North Seattle venture.
We sat down recently to talk with the Fullers as the new pizza-and-drinks establishment Supreme approaches its opening in the West Seattle Junction. Supreme’s head chef John Montenegro joined them for our conversation in the midst of the undergoing-renovation space at 4521 California SW.
Just yesterday, after a tip from Brad, we went over to Soprano’s Antico in The Admiral District, where the dining room has been under construction for about a year, and were told they hoped to open next week. Tonight, Brad discovered they are open now, and sent the photo: “Very friendly family owners. Interior is very detailed. I got the first pizza out of the wood oven and it is really tasty! 6 good beers on tap. I will be back.” The restaurant is in the ex-Zatz Bagels space at 2348 California SW.
When we reported in September 2016 on the plan for Soprano’s Antico to open in the ex-Zatz Bagels space in Admiral, they were aiming for “early November.” Looks like the restaurant might make that target – a year later. After a tip from Brad today that the paper was finally off the windows, we stopped by this afternoon in search of information. Crews working inside told us they’re hoping to finally open for sit-down service next week – the restaurant’s been delivering pizza a while, according to its website.