Even as customers mourn the closure of one longtime West Seattle restaurant, there are updates tonight on three new ones we’ve been telling you about. First, a peek inside El Chupacabra as it prepares to open on Alki (in the former Casa Feliz at 2620 Alki SW) this Friday. Owner Aaron Wright, who talked with us back in January for our first report on his West Seattle expansion, was hard at work again today getting everything ready, with just five days to go:
You’ll see some activity inside during a “soft open” night this week, but the official public opening is next Friday (April 8), 11:30 am. (For a taste of their menus – which Wright says include plenty of vegetarian fare – here’s a link from Facebook.) The original El Chupacabra has been in operation on Phinney RIdge for five years. Meantime, in The Junction:
BANG BAR THAI RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE: A banner is now up for Bang Bar Thai, at the site of the former Tom Yum Koong, next to the future A Terrible Beauty. It’s been a month and a half since we reported the TYK closure, followed by the confirmation of Bang (pronounced “bahng”) Bar moving into the space. With the banner promising “coming soon,” we checked in with its owner. Kay Fuengarom told WSB contributor Bill Hutchison that she’s hoping to open “around the beginning of May” – renovations should be done by the last week of April. In addition, Bang Bar Thai has a website up – still clearly a work in progress, but there’s some information of note, particularly on the “about” page, which says they plan to deliver (as did TYK).
Last but not least, back to Alki, where a grand opening is hours away:
BEACHSIDE CAFE OPENS TOMORROW MORNING: Just a reminder that the ex-Alki Bakery space will open tomorrow morning with new ownership and a new name, as Beachside Café, owned by Sharon and John Bang, who also own Alki Café across the street. Hand-pulled espresso (new machine, above) is one of the improvements they touted when we visited for a sneak peek one week ago, along with soft-serve frozen yogurt, waffles, and more. They’re planning to open at 7 am tomorrow (Monday) morning.