West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle restaurants http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:38:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 WSB EXTRA: What lies beneath Endolyne Joe’s? Alpacas, surfboards, and maybe a ghost http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/wsb-extra-what-lies-beneath-endolyne-joes-alpacas-surfboards-and-maybe-a-ghost/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/wsb-extra-what-lies-beneath-endolyne-joes-alpacas-surfboards-and-maybe-a-ghost/#comments Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:57:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329250

Story and photos by Michelle Riggen-Ransom
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

If you live in West Seattle, you probably already know that you can enjoy a meal out in Chicago, or Brooklyn, or even exotic Rhode Island just by visiting local restaurant Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor). With its rotating, site-specific themes changing every four months, at Joe’s you can be sipping mojitos under a palm tree one season, slurping pasta and drinking vino at a cheerful Italian café the next.

But what you may not know is that beneath the restaurant is a cavernous basement filled from floor to ceiling with funky props, exotic creatures, and hand-painted signs from themes of yore. Looking for a giant wooden shark, or a glittery, oversized Mardi Gras mask? You’ll find it here, tucked away in the depths below the hundred year-old building where Endolyne Joe’s has made its home for well over a decade.

I sat down with Endolyne Joe’s assistant manager Sarah Norberg to find out what it takes to transform a restaurant on a regular basis and to learn more about this mysterious storage space. Norberg is responsible for the elaborate props and decorations at the restaurant, overseeing the creation of everything from life-size papier-mâché pick-up trucks to enormous, furry alpacas (covered in real sheepskin!), and she would be my guide on this underground adventure.

Norberg joined the Endolyne Joe’s staff about two and a half years ago. She came to the position with a background both in restaurant management and in art. It was at Joe’s that these two worlds collided.

“My first piece was this giant jaguar,” laughs Norberg. “I walked in with a nine-foot papier-mâché jaguar. I don’t think anyone was expecting that.” Norberg says that she and general manager Rich Gantner brainstorm ideas for what region to focus on, generally selecting areas in North or South America. Once that’s been decided, it sets off a whirlwind of collaboration, with the chefs creating and tweaking menu ideas, the bartenders pairing appropriate drink recipes and sourcing wine, and Norberg getting busy with building. Other  staff members and local artists provide paintings and prints in keeping with the chosen theme.

“Rich and I look at pictures of the area we’ve chosen and select something that really represents the area as our central piece–a building or a landmark or an animal,” says Norberg.

In recreating their current theme of Providence, Rhode Island’s largely Italian Federal Hill neighborhood, they chose the region’s historic “La Pigna” arch featuring a large pinecone, a symbol of welcome and abundance in Italy.

Lit with twinkling lights and hanging above the host station, Norberg’s recreated arch now welcomes hungry guests into the restaurant. “I think this theme was one of our most difficult from a building perspective,” says Norberg, gazing up at the arch. “But I think it’s also our most beautiful.”

It’s not just the restaurant staff who pitches in to pull off the transformations. For Norberg, building the sets is a family affair, with her father helping with construction, her mother doing papier-mâché, and her sister pitching in with painting. The pieces are created in Norberg’s backyard and transported to the restaurant when complete.

“We really want guests to feel a sense of connection to the place we’re representing,” says Norberg. “It’s so exciting when someone comes in and says ‘Hey, I know that street!’ about a particular sign, or recognizes some detail we’ve spent time researching and creating.”

So what becomes of the props when a new theme goes up? Do they really reside in this mysterious subterranean space? Norberg led me around the building and down a secret stairway to take a look, warning of ghosts along the way. I wondered aloud who the ghost would be. “Why, End-of-the-line Joe himself …” Norberg replied as she disappeared down an unlit hall, referring to the real-life conductor of a now-defunct trolley that the restaurant is named after.

Inside the basement is a colorful riot of oversized creatures, stacked surfboards, and towering signs. After switching on the lights, we carefully pick our way around the pieces, with Norberg stopping to give me some background or to point out a favorite piece, including the aforementioned jaguar now hanging regally from the rafters. Passing an alpaca, she strokes its neck fondly and reminisces about how her cat used to love sleeping on the soft sheepskin while it was being built. Norberg explains that some of the pieces get repurposed, finding new life with a new theme, while some seemed to have settled permanently into the basement like benevolent spirits from meals past.

Next stop on Endolyne Joe’s culinary journey? “Puebla, Mexico!” says Norberg excitedly, surrounded by her former work, already dreaming of missions and mole. End-of-the-line Joe would likely approve.

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West Seattle restaurants: New Leaf Bistro now open in Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-new-leaf-bistro-now-open-in-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-new-leaf-bistro-now-open-in-admiral/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:13:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329806

Story and photos by Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Great news for Admiral District pho fiends: New Leaf Bistro is open, three months after first word that it was headed this way.

Though the green awning above the entrance to the ex-Royal India Grill space at 2342 California SW touts “Asian Cuisine,” the menu predominantly features the cuisine of Vietnam, the homeland of owner Geoffrey Ly.

New Leaf Bistro’s opening menu has 13 items on its entree page, with items ranging from chow mein and fried rice to wok-seared pork belly and grilled salmon. Also on offer are vermicelli bowls, rice bowls, and a trio of salads, along with a sizable collection of appetizers most fans of Asian restaurants will find familiar.

But the centerpiece of New Leaf is the pho, which is available with the traditional beef broth or a vegan-friendly broth and customizable with a variety of proteins.

“Our pho is special. We use only natural ingredients,” says Ly. “Pho eaters can tell when you use the powders for flavor.”

Ly decided to use a “soft opening” – starting yesterday – to help the restaurant and its crew ease into operations while making adjustments to adapt to the business as it develops and grows. “We’re still kind of testing everything,” Ly explains.

Currently, New Leaf is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.. Once the application for a liquor license is approved, however, closing time could be pushed later, particularly if the small lounge area toward the back of the restaurant finds an audience.

Carryout is of course available. Ly says he plans to also offer delivery on a limited basis (within 3 miles for a $30 minimum order), though details are not yet finalized.

New Leaf Bistro is Ly’s second West Seattle restaurant. In 1999, he opened Hunan Express in Morgan Junction (where Kokoras is now, at 6400 ½ California). It’ll be his fifth Seattle restaurant since 1984, after working his way from New York City with stops in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Texas, and California.

Despite all those travels, Ly is bringing the flavors of his homeland, where he worked with his grandparents in a streetside food-vending operation as a young boy, to the Admiral District. The hard work of running a restaurant is something he learned in both countries.

“When I was young, I was here with no English and no education,” says Ly. “The only thing I knew was to work hard to survive.”

While New Leaf Bistro isn’t online yet, we have photos of menu pages here (entrees), here (vermicelli/rice dishes), here (salads/pho), and here (appetizers).

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West Seattle food/drink: Pecos Pit BBQ update; Westside Public House goes dark http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-fooddrink-pecos-pit-bbq-update-westside-public-house-goes-dark/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-fooddrink-pecos-pit-bbq-update-westside-public-house-goes-dark/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:32:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329683 Two updates from the world of West Seattle food and drink:

PECOS PIT BBQ UPDATE: Nine months after we first told you a Pecos Pit BBQ restaurant was planned for the former Beni Hoshi Teriyaki spot at 35th/Fauntleroy, we have another update. Spokesperson Nick Nordby says the restaurant is expected to open in spring. They’re still working on outdoor deck seating and a drive-through (exiting onto Genesee, according to a document in the city file) as well as indoor seating. Nordby says founders Ron Wise and Debra Wise have teamed with Salty’s (WSB sponsor) proprietor Gerry Kingen to expand, starting with this location, but serving “the same famous Pecos Pit BBQ found on 1st avenue for decades, along with some new habit-forming options. Offerings include our traditional pork, beef, and chicken sandwiches in a decidedly sloppy style, plus beef brisket, and hot links,” along with “stuffed smoked potatoes … and a ‘Walkabouts Bowl’ filled with the meat of your choice plus cheese, cold slaw and sauce” and salads. You can even buy bulk, smoked meats including Pecos pork, beef brisket, turkey legs, and smoked chicken.” They’re aiming for a full liquor license, he adds. No word yet how soon work will start.

WESTSIDE PUBLIC HOUSE GOES DARK: We haven’t been able to directly confirm that Westside Public House at California/Edmunds in The Junction is gone, but all signs point that way. The pub at California/Edmunds hasn’t been open since Sunday night – just days after its first-anniversary celebration – and a peek through the windows reveals most furnishings gone. Its website and phone line are both down. No message on the door, no message on the still-up Facebook page, but its Tuesday night trivia provider posted on their FB page that they got word it had closed after Sunday night. The pub’s year in the space followed three years by A Terrible Beauty; before that, Table 35 was there for 10 months and Ama Ama for 21 months. (WSB file photo)

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West Seattle restaurants: Itto’s Tapas grand opening this Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-ittos-tapas-grand-opening-this-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-ittos-tapas-grand-opening-this-saturday/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 02:01:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329592

(WSB photo of Itto’s front door, this morning)

Six months after we brought you first word of Itto’s Tapas coming to 4160 California SW, its official grand opening has just been announced:

We are FINALLY having our Grand Opening! We are so excited to be in West Seattle where the neighborhood has shown its support with encouraging words, kind drop-ins, and overall excitement! Thank you all for the supportive energy. This has been a whirlwind of lessons learned and now all we think about is giving West Seattle our best. We can’t wait to feed you!

We are having our Grand Opening this Saturday, the 21st of November. Itto’s is named after our owner’s mother, and we thought it would be a blessing to honor her spirit by inviting you all in on the anniversary of her passing.

We will have our full menu and specialty drinks rolling! If you want to glimpse our menus, you can check out our Facebook page. To keep the energy up, we will have one of our favorite local belly dancers, Nadira at 10 pm!

Thank you again for all of your support! Looking forward to seeing our neighborhood in full force!

Itto’s is in the ex-Firefly space on the northeast corner of California SW and SW Genesee.

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West Seattle restaurants: Ripple Café closes, cites rent increase http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-ripple-cafe-closes-cites-rent-increase/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-ripple-cafe-closes-cites-rent-increase/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:26:47 +0000 Patrick http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328909 A local restaurant has closed suddenly, blaming a rent increase. Here’s the photo texted by a reader:

The Ripple Café was in the small multi-business building on 35th SW just south of SW Henderson, also home to West Seattle Fish House and Stuffed Cakes. It hadn’t even been open for six months. The King County Assessor‘s records show that the 86-year-old building changed hands this year for the first time in 19 years, sold to WD Group LLC in June for $600,000. While that LLC has a Seattle mailing address, one of its managers lists an address in San Francisco; we’re attempting to contact the owners for comment, and have also messaged the Ripple Café’s proprietor. The building recently underwent some external renovations; the site is zoned for up to four stories of potential mixed-use development, but a check of the online files shows no proposals on the record so far.

In case you’re wondering about the building’s other tenants, we went over a short time ago to verify the closure and while there, stopped in to check with Stuffed Cakes proprietor Donna Lawson. She confirms the change in landlords and a rent increase – which she expected, given the sale – but says her business is doing well and she’s staying. (She also mentioned that the San Francisco owner grew up in Seattle, so does have local ties.)

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FOLLOWUP: Chipotle reopening Washington, Oregon restaurants http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-chipotle-reopening-washington-oregon-restaurants/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-chipotle-reopening-washington-oregon-restaurants/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:25:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328821 Just went through The Junction and the closed (“FYI”) sign is off the door at Chipotle Mexican Grill in The Junction, one day after the chain said it was reopening its 43 Washington and Oregon restaurants. The chain voluntarily closed them after a rash of E. coli illnesses; most, including the two-month-old Chipotle here, were closed for 11 full days, going back to Halloween. The 30 people who got sick in this state reported eating at five Chipotles, including two in Seattle, but the West Seattle store was not among them. So far, tests still haven’t traced where the bacteria came from. Here’s all the state info about the outbreak; here’s all the info from Chipotle.

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FOLLOWUP: E. coli source still not identified in Chipotle-linked illness investigation http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-e-coli-source-still-not-identified-in-chipotle-linked-illness-investigation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-e-coli-source-still-not-identified-in-chipotle-linked-illness-investigation/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 02:14:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328666 MONDAY, 6:14 PM: Though the West Seattle Chipotle restaurant is *not* one of the ten linked to patients in the Pacific Northwest E. coli outbreak, it and the chain’s 42 other restaurants in Washington and Oregon remain closed. But both the state Health Department and Chipotle ownership are indicating they’re moving toward reopening. Today was the 10th full day of closure for most of those restaurants, including the one in The Junction, and the state has continued to provide daily updates: As of this afternoon’s update, 27 cases have been confirmed in Washington, including 10 people who were hospitalized, none of whom ate at a Chipotle any more recently than October 24th. The update also says the first round of test results from Chipotle food samples has not turned up any E. coli, so they haven’t linked it to any particular food yet. The chain has its own page detailing what it’s been doing in the meantime, but says it doesn’t know when it will get health authorities’ permission to reopen. (WSB photo: Sign that’s been up on Chipotle’s door in The Junction since October 31st)

TUESDAY, 10:55 AM: Chipotle says it will reopen the restaurants, this one included, “in the coming days.” We’ll be checking daily on the West Seattle location, which opened two months ago today. (As of just after 11 am Tuesday, its regular opening time, it was still closed.)

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West Seattle food: Beloved Mexico shuts down, cites competition http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-food-beloved-mexico-shuts-down-cites-competition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-food-beloved-mexico-shuts-down-cites-competition/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:37:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328260 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

One day after people started asking us about the disappearance of the Beloved Mexico food truck – a five-year fixture along Fauntleroy just south of Alaska, next to West Seattle Produce – we’ve found out what’s going on: It’s closed forever.

That’s what co-proprietor Christian Guerrero just told us when we reached him by phone at home in West Seattle: “We decided to shut down the doors, just yesterday. We’re really sad to shut down, but we just weren’t making enough.”

Unprompted, he cited competition, in particular, Chipotle Mexican Grill, which opened in The Junction less than two months ago (and is currently closed along with the company’s 42 other Washington and Oregon stores because of E. coli illnesses). “We don’t have the buying power of multi-million dollar companies.”

Another factor, Guerrero said: They would eventually lose their spot, since a CVS drugstore is slated to be built there, and a permanent spot for a food truck is hard to find in West Seattle.

He says they’re sad about closing and they appreciate the following they had, but financially, they had no choice. They had hoped it would someday lead to expansion into a permanent restaurant location, but that didn’t happen, and they’re not expecting to be able to open one. He and his co-proprietor brother have always had “day jobs” and that’s what they’ll be focusing on now. It’s been five years since Beloved Mexico opened – originally on the other side of Fauntleroy, as was WS Produce, on the site where The Whittaker is now being built; both moved across the street a year later.

Toward the end of our conversation, Guerrero told us he hopes West Seattleites will step up their support for the remaining small independent businesses – “to keep the flavor of West Seattle alive.”

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West Seattle restaurants: Dumplings of Fury getting closer to opening http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-dumplings-of-fury-getting-closer-to-opening/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-dumplings-of-fury-getting-closer-to-opening/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 21:25:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328017 By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Who doesn’t love a dumpling? There’s a reason why nearly every world cuisine has its own version of flavorful food creations delivered inside a neat pastry package. While the arrival of world-renowned Din Tai Fung two years ago may have marked a peak moment in the comfort-food trend for Seattle, we westsiders know the true peak of any local comfort-food trend is when we can indulge without leaving the peninsula.

After finding themselves dining on dumplings with increasing frequency, the team behind Shadowland was presented with the opportunity to take over the former Quadrato space (4302 SW Oregon) nearby, and soon the idea for Dumplings of Fury was born. Back in August, we reported briefly that this eatery was on the way – and now we finally have a full serving of details.

“I think it was definitely our love of dumplings that somehow sprung us into thinking of doing this,” says Ben Jenkins, Shadowland co-owner. “There’s nothing like that here, and we wanted to do something different for West Seattle.”

“It won’t be good for business, but I think I’ll be our best customer!”

In addition to fresh handmade dumplings, Dumplings of Fury will have beer and wine available. The culinary team is also weighing the possibility of offering bubble tea.

The plan is for ‘Fury’ to focus primarily on takeout and delivery, though there will be a small amount of indoor and outdoor seating made available when they open for business. Between licensing, the installation of a new kitchen hood system, and awaiting the storefront signage, Jenkins says his team is optimistically hoping to be ready to go on the first of the year.

Operating hours have yet to be finalized, but Jenkins says he’d ideally like to open for a few hours at lunch, shut down for a few hours, and then re-open for dinner time. Because the dumplings will all be handmade, closing shop for a few hours between meal periods would help the kitchen prepare more stock for the evening rush, as the process of preparing fresh dumplings by hand is quite time-consuming.

Whether the dumpling shop opts to have two separate business periods or just opens from early afternoon through a late dinner, any given day’s stock will be limited.

“When we run out, we run out,” says Jenkins.

As experienced restaurateurs, though, Jenkins’ team will work to avoid any such disappointments, while also looking for opportunities to expand their business, with the first likely expansion being to extend their hours on the weekends to get the Junction’s late-night crowds.

But first come the dumplings.

“Once we know we can execute our initial plans, we may expand from there,” says Jenkins. “But our focus is going to be on doing our style and doing it right.”

And, speaking of style, how about that name?

As one might infer, “Dumplings of Fury” denotes a Kung Fu theme. The shop will be adorned with vintage Kung Fu movie posters. Some of the design elements were chosen by Jenkins’ six-year-old son Liam, who is not legally able to visit his father’s current place of business. But it’s not just a child’s fondness for the martial arts that inspired the theme.

“It’ll be fun, and when something is fun, you’re more likely to get your kid to try something they might not otherwise try,” says Jenkins, finishing with a common parental lament: “Kids can be picky.”

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FOLLOWUP: Chipotle closures continue while state investigates E. coli illnesses http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-chipotle-closures-continue-while-state-investigates-e-coli-illnesses/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-chipotle-closures-continue-while-state-investigates-e-coli-illnesses/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 01:07:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327958 This is the third full day that the Chipotle restaurant in West Seattle has been closed, along with the 42 other Chipotles in Washington and Oregon, after a regional outbreak of suspected E. coli-related illness. We checked with the state Health Department today to ask if they had any new information, including whether they would be identifying the six locations where the people with the known cases were reported to have eaten. The reply: No update today, but health authorities plan a media briefing tomorrow. Here’s their newest summary, in the meantime:

The restaurants under investigation are linked to 19 cases of E. coli illnesses in Washington. Four more cases were reported from Oregon, also associated with Chipotle restaurants. Seven of the Washington patients and two Oregon patients were hospitalized; there have been no deaths. An investigation is underway. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is testing food samples from Chipotle restaurants at their lab in Bothell. Biological samples from people who were infected have been tested at the Public Health Laboratories (Department of Health) in Shoreline.

Here’s our report from Saturday morning. The state advised later in the day that anyone who “thinks they may have become ill from eating at a Chipotle restaurant in the past three weeks” should see their health-care provider.

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UPDATE: West Seattle Chipotle closed today in regional health concern over possible E. coli cases in WA, OR http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-chipotle-closed-today-following-regional-health-concern/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-chipotle-closed-today-following-regional-health-concern/#comments Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:58:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327707 10:58 AM: We’ve just confirmed that Chipotle Mexican Grill in The Junction is one of the chain’s restaurants that are closed TFN while Chipotle deals with a health concern in some areas of Washington and Oregon. First word of closures in King County and elsewhere came via this story from Portland reporting more than 20 suspected E. coli illnesses in Oregon and Washington. After reader questions, we drove by the location in The Junction and confirmed closure signs, which, when we drove by, were the “Experience Closure” message also photographed at Oregon stores; by the time we could park to get a photo, the restaurant changed to “FYI” signs citing a “supply chain issue.”

The closure also was confirmed by the corporate Twitter account for Chipotle, in response to our mention of the closure:

We asked how long the closure is expected to last:

1:03 PM: The most comprehensive information about the regional outbreak so far is still coming from the Oregon Health Authority – here’s its news release. The Washington State Department of Health also has issued a news release, saying four of the cases were reported in King County. No word on what might have been the source of the bacteria.

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WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTE: Fit Bar set to open later this month http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-biznote-fit-bar-set-to-open-later-this-month/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-biznote-fit-bar-set-to-open-later-this-month/#comments Wed, 14 Oct 2015 01:04:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325881 An update on Fit Bar, the healthy-food café that’s been taking shape next to Anytime Fitness at 2222 California SW in Admiral – Andrew Saldana says he, girlfriend Bles, and his brothers Daniel and Jacob, all West Seattleites, “are thrilled to announce a healthy alternative for our neighborhood! … Our Grand Opening will be Saturday, October 24th, from 8 am – 4 pm. … We are overjoyed to share what inspires us and use it as a medium to inspire others. We know we are all a little different individually, but collectively we strive to find what fuels our lives, and within that journey, we find the strongest connection; that of the mind and body.” Fit Bar will be open weekdays 7 am-7 pm and weekends 9 am-4 pm; Andrew says its website at fitbarcafe.com will go live on Friday. You can see some of the smoothies and bowls they plan to serve by checking out their Instagram feed.

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West Seattle sighting: Neil Young visits Pizzeria 22 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-sighting-neil-young-visits-pizzeria-22/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-sighting-neil-young-visits-pizzeria-22/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 22:45:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324958

The photo is from Pizzeria 22 proprietor Cary Kemp, who reports a celebrity customer on Saturday night:

It was an honor to host Neil Young, his family, band, and crew last night at Pizzeria 22. Looking forward to his performance tonight at the WaMu Theater.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: We asked Cary if there was a particular reason the music legend chose his restaurant. His reply explains it: “I worked for Neil for 10 years as a tour manager.”

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BIZNOTE: Itto’s getting close to opening in The Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/biznote-ittos-getting-close-to-opening-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/biznote-ittos-getting-close-to-opening-in-the-junction/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:19:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324548

Five months after we first told you about the plan for Itto’s in the space formerly occupied by Firefly at California/Genesee in The Junction, it’s close to opening. After seeing the exterior signage taking shape on Tuesday afternoon, we asked if they have a new hoped-for opening date yet – originally, they’d estimated July, but as with so many new businesses, especially restaurants, unexpected circumstances pushed things back. The new estimate: Late October. As noted in our May report, brothers Aziz and Khalid Agour plan Itto’s – named after their mom – to be a tapas-style restaurant, with a variety of cuisines, primarily Moroccan and Spanish.

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FOOD & DRINK BIZNOTES: Six West Seattle (and vicinity) updates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/food-drink-biznotes-six-west-seattle-and-vicinity-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/food-drink-biznotes-six-west-seattle-and-vicinity-updates/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:50:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324157 Notes from around the local food-and-drink-o-sphere:

MAC’S TRIANGLE PUB CELEBRATES MILESTONE: As mentioned in today’s daily preview, Mac’s Triangle Pub in South Delridge is celebrating its tenth anniversary. We stopped by this morning to photograph namesake and proprietor Geoffrey “Mac” MacElroy as they kicked off the all-day-and-all-night party with specials and more. (Even if you haven’t been to his pub, you might remember “Mac” from his legislative run, as an independent, five years ago.)

JUST TO THE SOUTH – CHARLIE’S BUNS IN WHITE CENTER: If you missed it on our partner site White Center Now – the burger truck Charlie’s Buns ‘n’ Stuff now has a restaurant in WC, 1521 SW 98th, just opened Friday.

PECOS PIT PROGRESS REPORT: Seven months after City Light told us it had a new tenant for the ex-teriyaki restaurant site at 35th/Genesee by the entrance to the bridge – a Pecos Pit barbecue franchise – city permit files show some movement. Documents filed less than a week ago are part of the application for permits to make alterations to the building, expanding the building footprint from 783 sf to 1,111 sf, plus “site improvement work to include alterations to drive-thru, parking, landscaping, and adding a new deck/patio seating, and walk-in cooler.”

FIT BAR GETS CLOSER: The health-food Fit Bar Café that the proprietors of Anytime Fitness in The Admiral District are building just north of their location is closer to opening – early October is the latest estimate, per the café-to-be’s Facebook page.

KUKAI RAMEN & THE LODGE, NOT UNTIL NEXT YEAR: Six weeks after we brought you first word that Kukai Ramen and Izakaya is coming to Junction 47 (thanks AGAIN to Jason for the tip!), the “official news release” arrived this week. We’re mentioning it just in case you missed our August report. The only new nugget was that Kukai, and the first restaurant announced for the project – The Lodge Sports Grille (first reported here in June) – are not expected to open before next year; they’re both going to be in the east building of Junction 47, which the release also notes has leased half of its apartments so far.

‘PINK OUT’ AT ADMIRAL BIRD: 9-10 am on Tuesday (September 29th), Admiral Bird is participating in “Pink Out to Support Planned Parenthood.” Free drip coffee for everyone wearing pink – with pink whipped cream if you want, says proprietor Heidi Herr. (Admiral Bird is co-housed with Flower Lab on the southeast corner of California/Admiral.)

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