West Seattle food and drink notes: Marée almost ready; Gifts From The Earth preview with a side of ice cream; Pecos Pit progress; more

Four West Seattle food-and-drink notes tonight:

MAREE BISTRO AND BAR UPDATE: The successor to Cassis at 2820 Alki is getting closer to opening, reports a spokesperson. Signage is up:
The new restaurant is just awaiting its liquor license, and hoping that will come as soon as this week. As we reported last month, the husband-and-wife team of Chef Andy Dekle and Megan Hartz, both of whom were with Cassis throughout its two-year run, are opening the new restaurant with “seasonal, market inspired French cuisine with a Northwest flavor.” Hours will be 5-10 pm Wednesdays through Mondays, happy hour 5-6 pm, plus weekend brunch 10 am-3 pm.

CHICKEN AND ICE CREAM CHEF TEAM: Harry’s Chicken Joint proprietor Bruce Cougan tells WSB his restaurant will close for one night this Saturday (January 23rd) to be part of the annual Gifts From The Earth benefit at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). He adds:

It’s an honor to be included as a guest chef and a privilege to give back to the school where I received such excellent training and support. This year I will be joined by local (West Seattle) chef, friend, and collaborator, Matt Bumpas of Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream. Matt spent time at Poppy working as a chef, and it’s primarily his menu, inspired by some of the dishes at Poppy, that will be served for this event:

*Fennel salad with blood orange, hazelnut, Moroccan olive & Ibores
*Fried mussels with preserved lemon aioli & pickled shallot
*Cauliflower almond soup w/ harissa yogurt
*Beef short rib tagine w/ celery root puree & apple slaw 
*Thyme labneh panna cotta w/ urfa biber toffee & satsuma

Matt is a graduate of Seattle Central’s culinary program. He is currently looking for a brick and mortar location here in West Seattle for his legendary ice cream. He has been very successful at local events and farmer’s markets and now it’s time for him to secure a storefront. His ice cream stand was a big hit last summer at the Morgan Junction Festival.

P.S. Tickets are still available for Gifts From The Earth, which usually sells out. Each table is assigned a chef from the all-star list of participants, and is served a custom five-course menu.

PECOS PIT PROGRESS: Banner signage now covers the old signs at what was Beni Hoshi Teriyaki and is being transformed into Pecos Pit BBQ, at 35th/Fauntleroy:
The restaurant is advertising in the WSB West Seattle Jobs Offered forum for a general manager. Last projection of an opening date was “spring.” Meantime, community members concerned about traffic into and out of the restaurant location, especially the drive-thru that will exit onto narrow SW Genesee, got a reply from the city, saying this is too small a project to trigger a full review, and that the curb cut for that exit, on the north side of the property, has been there a long time.

WESTWOOD’S 4TH STARBUCKS: Last May, we reported that a Starbucks stand was in the works for Target at Westwood Village – where it follows a standalone Starbucks store, a stand inside QFC, and a café inside Barnes and Noble. Longtime WSB’er MIWS reports that construction is now under way in the snack-bar corner by the store’s entrance.

20 Replies to "West Seattle food and drink notes: Marée almost ready; Gifts From The Earth preview with a side of ice cream; Pecos Pit progress; more"

  • smokeycretin9 January 18, 2016 (8:15 pm)

    Daughter and I had a great laugh upon seeing the new Starbucks being put in Target.  It’s literally sharing a freakin’ wall with the Barnes and Noble Starbucks.  W.T.F. people?

    • Rick January 19, 2016 (1:46 pm)

      You know, to get to the spot you’re looking for just take a left at the Starbucks.  Oh,wait…      (old joke)

    • weiss January 19, 2016 (3:06 pm)

      That wall my friends, is the end of the universe. It begins and ends with a Starbucks.

  • thee January 18, 2016 (8:25 pm)

    Re. the Pecos Pit development. Once again it we have seen this script.WS: Hey, what about…SEA: STFUSo far, not a peep from Shannon on this or the 36/Genesee, 20 unit-no parking, neighborhood wrecker. Feel free to pipe up, Councilwoman, we’re waiting… –thee

    • WSB January 18, 2016 (8:42 pm)

      What I mention above is really the Cliff’s Notes version. The DPD reply followed Councilmember Herbold asking DPD – well, by its new name – for “an update on the project and how it has been determined that a drive through window is appropriate for this busy intersection.” If there’s been followup, since the DPD reply, on which we were CC’d (as we were on the original citizen concern note), I haven’t seen it – TR

    • West Seattle since 1979 January 19, 2016 (8:51 am)

      thee, the 20-unit building you refer to is the one on 4122 36th SW, between Genesee & Dakota, right?  

      • thee January 19, 2016 (9:59 am)

        1979, Yes, that is the project I am referring to. It is a neighborhood killer. 

  • Ashley January 18, 2016 (8:31 pm)

    Any word on when Kizuki (Kukai) Ramen or Dumplings of Fury intend to open? 

    • WSB January 18, 2016 (10:33 pm)

      Nothing since our last mentions! Restaurants tend to take longer than they hope to, so estimates don’t get real until the final weeks … TR

  • LyndaB January 18, 2016 (11:18 pm)

    Speaking of dumplings,  I was at Southcenter tonight and saw a big coming soon sign for Din Tai Fung.  January 2017.  It’s taking over the Rain Forest Cafe.  

  • Roddy January 18, 2016 (11:48 pm)

    The Feedback/Peel & Press/Sound Bar deal seems to be taking a long time getting going, considering Dan said in October there were only “one or two things” to get done. For lease sign is still up too. Hope this is still happening…. Any news?

    • WSB January 18, 2016 (11:52 pm)

      The owners of the space recently contacted us to say it is still for lease and that’s why the sign is up. I have not yet followed up with Dan. – TR

  • Barb J January 19, 2016 (12:15 am)

    Sad to see above that the Feedback turning into Sound Bar might not be happening. I was looking forward to having a place with live music back in Morgan Junction. Hopefully something else with music and food will go in there.

    • squareeyes January 19, 2016 (9:40 am)

      @Barb J – the venue cannot host regular live music without a sprinkler system in the entire building (meaning Zeeks too). I believe live music was the intention of Feedback as well but was derailed by the sprinkler issue.

      • Rick January 19, 2016 (10:24 am)

        But no sprinkler systems only added to the danger factor of the 60/70’s. Back then we were gonna live forever!

  • sun*e January 19, 2016 (10:21 am)

    Glad to finally see something replacing Beni Hoshi Teriyaki and I sure hope Peco’s Pit BBQ is not only good but also spruces up that corner location.  It’s always been such an eye sore that I didn’t even want to enter the building.  Good luck Peco’s!

  • M January 19, 2016 (10:37 am)

    I’d love to see a family diner with great breakfast (ala Luna Park Cafe) move into the old Feedback location. That is what is missing in the Morgan Junction. 

  • sam-c January 19, 2016 (12:41 pm)

    So did the Pecos Pit construction team break a gas line, or is it at another location nearby?

    • WSB January 19, 2016 (12:47 pm)

      no, it’s further south. we’re on the way to that.

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