West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle restaurants http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:42:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle restaurants: Health inspectors close KFC – temporarily http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-restaurants-health-inspectors-close-kfc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-restaurants-health-inspectors-close-kfc/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:17:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307863 2:17 PM: Just in via the King County Health Department:

KFC #332 located at 3501 SW Avalon Way, Seattle 98126 was closed by a Public Health food inspector on April 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm due to the imminent health hazard of sewage backup into the facility. The inspector will reopen the establishment after all issues have been resolved.

Sometimes that happens quickly, so we’ll be going over to check soon to see if they’re still closed.

2:34 PM: The restaurant is open for business. We’re trying to see if we can find someone to confirm that the problem announced by the Health Department is fixed. (Added: The KCPH webpage now says they approved the business for reopening at 11 am … hours before this alert was sent.)

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West Seattle restaurants: The Ripple Café is on the way http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-restaurants-the-ripple-cafe-is-on-the-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-restaurants-the-ripple-cafe-is-on-the-way/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:02:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307834

Just spotted this while out checking on something unrelated: Signage is up for The Ripple Café, on the way to 9007 35th SW, next to West Seattle Fish House. It’s the same spot where JC’s Deli closed at the end of last year. Via Facebook, the café’s proprietor describes it as, “(A) small but funky café … Local coffee, home-made sweet and savory baked goods (gluten-free options too!!), everything fresh, everything delicious!!”, adding that they hope to open this month. When we find out more, we’ll update this story.

ADDED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Proprietor Barbara Underwood comments below – including, ” In coordinating with our neighbors, we are hoping to all compliment each other and create our own little destination corner of West Seattle. We will be serving fresh sandwiches, fresh tossed salads and some baked items. We have specialty coffees and teas (Iced and Hot) but have no plans to serve espresso. We hope to consistently adjust to the neighborhood needs. Hope to see you soon.”

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Phoenecia serves up ‘Give Back Tuesdays’; joins WSB sponsor team http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/phoenecia-serves-up-give-back-tuesdays-joins-wsb-sponsor-team/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/phoenecia-serves-up-give-back-tuesdays-joins-wsb-sponsor-team/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:42:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307754 Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Phoenecia. The family-owned-and-operated Alki restaurant wants to let you know about its new Give Back Tuesdays:

Phoenecia Restaurant has long been a West Seattle family tradition — from its early days in The Junction (1973), to its current location on Alki Beach. Those of you who had the pleasure of knowing its original founder and chef Hussein Khazaal experienced first-hand his kind, gentle, and generous spirit. The best thing on the menu was always “something very special” that Hussein would rush back to the kitchen to create “just for you.”

In the year following Hussein’s death, Phoenecia was reborn by Hussein’s son William, who transformed it into a fresh and entirely different concept. Rather than formal Middle Eastern-centric meals served on white linen tablecloths, the family opted for a casual, contemporary atmosphere that would appeal to Alki’s more spontaneous, diverse crowd.

Today’s “hip neighborhood joint with an upscale urban bistro vibe” (says Lonely Planet) serves up small plates, artisanal wood-fired pizza, chalkboard entrees, and an excellent selection of wines … not to mention sunset views of the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay from every seat.

One thing has remained very much the same: that feeling of being embraced (figuratively and often literally) when you walk in the door. Hussein’s sweet spirit is alive in the hearts, arms and faces of his wife Inaam, and daughters Sonya and Nadia. And the food, albeit a different menu than the original restaurant, continues to get rave reviews, including Best Pizza in West Seattle from Thrillist.com, and Open Table Diner’s Choice winner 2014.

Dine Out and Help Make a Difference in the World

After so many years of feeling supported by their community, Inaam, Sonya, and Nadia decided it was time to give something back. Their new “Give Back Tuesdays” program encourages diners to enjoy a good meal at Phoenecia every Tuesday night and help make a difference in the world: Ten percent of the restaurant’s Tuesday proceeds will be donated to a different charity each month. This month’s designated charity is the Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s Greater NW Chapter. Inaam and her daughters warmly encourage you to join them for dinner soon, and welcome ideas for upcoming charities by email at sonyakhazaal@yahoo.com.

Visit Phoenecia‘s website at phoeneciawestseattle.com; follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/phoeneciawestseattle – and of course, enjoy delicious food with them at 2716 Alki Avenue SW!

We thank Phoenecia 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.

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West Seattle restaurants: Pica Border Grill has closed http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-restaurants-pica-border-grill-has-closed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-restaurants-pica-border-grill-has-closed/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 04:58:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306092

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

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

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West Seattle restaurants: Alki Blue Moon Burgers opens tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-restaurants-alki-blue-moon-burgers-opens-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-restaurants-alki-blue-moon-burgers-opens-tomorrow/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:11:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305485

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

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

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West Seattle food/drink notes: Alki Starbucks, Blue Moon Burgers, Mioposto in Admiral, Terra Cole Butchery, WS Brewing, and … http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-fooddrink-notes-alki-starbucks-blue-moon-burgers-mioposto-in-admiral-terra-cole-butchery-ws-brewing-and/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-fooddrink-notes-alki-starbucks-blue-moon-burgers-mioposto-in-admiral-terra-cole-butchery-ws-brewing-and/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:52:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304500 Updates and mysteries from the world of West Seattle food and beverages:

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

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

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

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

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

Now, two mysteries:

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

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

One more note – just discovered while writing this story:

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

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

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West Seattle food notes: Pagliacci expands delivery zone; Top Pot opens; St. Patrick’s Day specials http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-food-notes-pagliacci-expands-delivery-zone-top-pot-opens-st-patricks-day-specials/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-food-notes-pagliacci-expands-delivery-zone-top-pot-opens-st-patricks-day-specials/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:20:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=303818 Dig into these West Seattle food notes/updates:

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

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

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

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

Hours and menu notes are in our report from Wednesday.

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

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West Seattle food: Top Pot Doughnuts’ Alki shop will open Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-food-top-pot-doughnuts-alki-shop-will-open-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-food-top-pot-doughnuts-alki-shop-will-open-friday/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:48:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=303558 It’s a question we’ve been asked often in recent weeks: When will Top Pot Doughnuts open its Alki store? This morning, the answer is in: This Friday (March 13th). It’s been almost nine months since we broke the news that Top Pot would be the long-awaited first tenant in the east space at 2758 Alki SW. This morning, the Alki store passed its final inspections, and co-founder Mark Klebeck told WSB shortly afterward that it will open for business at 6 am Friday. Hours for starters will be 6 am-8 pm weekdays, 7 am-8 pm weekends; Klebeck says they will re-evaluate as spring/summer proceed, for possible later closing times. In addition to 42 varieties of doughnuts, he says, the store will offer soft-serve ice cream, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee/espresso from beans that Top Pot roasts at its flagship location.

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West Seattle biznote: Admiral Benbow’s owners say they’re closing http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-biznote-admiral-benbows-owners-say-theyre-closing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-biznote-admiral-benbows-owners-say-theyre-closing/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:01:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=303511 Just shy of a year after the owner of the then-Heartland Café announced he’d sold it, the owners who then resurrected its former identity as the Admiral Benbow say they’re closing it. Announced on Facebook tonight by co-proprietor Allison Hill:

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

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

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West Seattle restaurants: Pecos Pit BBQ moving into ex-Beni Hoshi site, says City Light http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-restaurants-pecos-pit-bbq-moving-into-ex-beni-hoshi-site-says-city-light/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-restaurants-pecos-pit-bbq-moving-into-ex-beni-hoshi-site-says-city-light/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:57:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301931

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

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

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

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West Seattle restaurants: Chipotle Mexican Grill apparently Junction-bound http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-restaurants-chipotle-mexican-grill-apparently-junction-bound/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-restaurants-chipotle-mexican-grill-apparently-junction-bound/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:31:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300768 New in the city-permits file: Looks like Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to West Seattle, in the almost-finished 4730 California development, midblock between Alaska and Edmunds. So says a permit application for “tenant improvements”:

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

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

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West Seattle/White Center restaurant notes: Uncle Mike’s semi-closing; Mission’s 10th anniversary; Endolyne Joe’s bacon bash http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattlewhite-center-restaurant-notes-uncle-mikes-semi-closing-missions-10th-anniversary-endolyne-joes-bacon-celebration/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattlewhite-center-restaurant-notes-uncle-mikes-semi-closing-missions-10th-anniversary-endolyne-joes-bacon-celebration/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 02:12:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300347 Three local food notes:

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

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

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

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

Speaking of pigs …

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

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Return of the pilfered pig! Endolyne Joe’s gets Danny back – one year later http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/return-of-the-pilfered-pig-endolyne-joes-gets-danny-back-one-year-later/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/return-of-the-pilfered-pig-endolyne-joes-gets-danny-back-one-year-later/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:15:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299394

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

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West Seattle restaurants: Mioposto coming to Admiral in ex-Admiralty House Antiques building http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-restaurants-mioposto-coming-to-admiral-in-ex-admiralty-house-antiques-building/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-restaurants-mioposto-coming-to-admiral-in-ex-admiralty-house-antiques-building/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:45:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299003 West Seattle is getting more pizza. Eater elaborates this morning on what the business-license database also revealed for the future-restaurant half of 2141 California SW, formerly Admiralty House Antiques – this spring, it’ll become the third location of Mioposto, after Mount Baker and Bryant. The concept, according to Mioposto’s website, is wood-fired pizza and small plates (here’s the online menu). We reported last summer that the building was being split into two spaces, with Prospect Mortgage on the south side and “an experienced restaurant operator” sought to lease the north side. That certainly defines Mioposto’s proprietor, Jeremy Hardy, whose company Seattle Eats also owns Coastal Kitchen on Capitol Hill. (WSB file photo from July 2014)

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

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West Seattle restaurants: Pizzeria 22 closing tomorrow in memory of business partner’s son http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-restaurants-pizzeria-22-closing-tomorrow-in-memory-of-business-partners-son/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-restaurants-pizzeria-22-closing-tomorrow-in-memory-of-business-partners-son/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:50:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297877 We received this from Pizzeria 22 proprietor Cary Kemp:

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

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

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