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BIZNOTE: More West Seattle establishments offering ‘open-air’ indoor-outdoor seating

In the first week of the new statewide “Healthy Washington” reopening roadmap, businesses are still exploring the fine print. For food and beverage businesses, though indoor dining is still banned in Phase 1, “open-air” service is allowed as well as outdoor seating. That means establishments such as Best of Hands Barrelhouse (Instagram photo above) that have walls with multiple windows can offer 25 percent capacity seating with those windows open. The Lodge in The Junction plans to start offering open-air seating tomorrow; the West Seattle Junction Association tells us Matador and JaK’s Grill have it too, and others are planning to follow. This is in addition to the numerous establishments that already have patio and/or “pod” outdoor seating, from Mission Cantina (WSB sponsor) and several Alki spots in the north, to places like The Bridge and The Westy in the south. You can read the new state guidelines here. Phase 1, by the way, will last at least one more week; the state is announcing every Friday what phase regions will be in as of the following Monday, and today’s news is that everyone stays in Phase 1 – although you can see on page 4 here that the Puget Sound region, including King County, was close.

FOOD BIZNOTES: La Rustica talking Valentine’s Day; Dick’s truck returning; MilkRun delivering

Three biznotes about food:

LA RUSTICA VALENTINE’S DAY: First announcement we’ve received about Valentine’s Day – now only a month away. La Rustica (4100 Beach Drive SW) tells WSB, “La Rustica is now taking reservations for our outdoor, heated/covered patio for Valentine’s Day. Because space is limited, they will go fast. We are also taking a wait list for people to call should we move into Phase 2 of reopening and be allowed to seat customers inside.”

DICK’S TRUCK RETURNING: One month after drawing a crowd in The Junction, the Dick’s Drive-In burgers-and-shakes truck (no fries) is returning this Friday, 11 am-2 pm outside Easy Street Records (whose café DOES have fries).

(Photo courtesy MilkRun)

MILKRUN: This Portland-founded “farm-to-table” food-delivery service wants you to know it’s now serving West Seattle. MilkRun offers weekly deliveries of produce, meat, and other products from regional growers/makers, as explained here.

HELPING: Delicious delivery supporting West Seattle health-care workers and restaurateurs

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A truly special delivery this afternoon at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle gave a boost to both health-care workers and local restaurateurs. At left in our photo are Suzanne Roberts and Lisa Riebe, West Seattle mental-health-care providers. They paid Admiral District restaurant Circa – whose co-proprietor Gretchen Evans is at center – to cook up 85 dinners for front-line workers at The Mount. The staff doesn’t dine on site, so the dinners were foil-wrapped and ready for them to take home after work. There to accept the special delivery were, at right, Colleen Farrell and Molly Swain from The Mount. Evans tells WSB that Roberts did this last spring, too, buying meals from Circa to deliver to Harborview Medical Center employees. She added that it’s hoped “this may inspire those who want to support restaurants and frontline workers by going to their favorite restaurant and offering to buy meals for those working on the front lines in some regard. It’s a double dose of donating. It’s been amazing!”

P.S. The Mount team told us their recent outbreak is under control, with no new cqses in their most recent testing, and vaccination for caregivers and residents has begun.

FOLLOWUP: New West Seattle plant-based restaurant Allyum about to open

ORIGINAL MONDAY REPORT: We first reported more than three months ago about the plan to open Allyum in the former Duos Lounge space at 2940 SW Avalon Way. Now the sign is up and opening plans are set – Allyum has announced that this Friday, New Year’s Day, will be its first day, open 11 am-3 pm for takeout. Chef Ally Rael told us in September about her plan for an upscale, local-focused plant-based menu, also spotlighting beverages. You can now preview the menu online – including a “New Year’s Nosh” featuring latkes, matzo-ball soup, and a Reuben sandwich centered on “pastrami-marinated mushrooms.” Allyum also plans to soon be part of the trend of restaurants offering “markets” – describing their intention to offer “an array of housemade, farm fresh and specially procured items for your enjoyment at home. From fresh pasta and signature sauces, to ‘off the beaten path’ bottles of wine and local farm-fresh veggies.” Post-holiday hours are on the Allyum website.

ADDED TUESDAY: In response to our inquiry, Allyum confirms it’s takeout TFN: “We do have a limited amount of outdoor furniture but our rain gear isn’t quite ready. We will do online orders from our website and walk-in orders. No delivery (yet).”

FOLLOWUP: Helping Arthur’s recover from wind damage

(December 17th)

Earlier this month, as reported here, an overnight windstorm destroyed the canopies that Arthur’s in The Admiral District had put up to facilitate outdoor dining. Some asked how they could help the restaurant recover. Rosemary Orr, mom of Arthur’s proprietor Rebecca Rice, has set up a crowdfunding account to facilitate that. Rosemary tells WSB, “She has worked so hard since Spring to keep her business open and viable, and the windstorm and destruction of the canopies was just the worst in a string of challenges. She will need new covers to make enough money to survive another few months.” The GoFundMe page is here.

WHO’S OPEN ON CHRISTMAS: Where to find West Seattle info, and how to add to it

December 22, 2020 1:21 pm
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That’s the new covered outdoor addition at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), one of the West Seattle businesses that will be open on Christmas Day (8 am-4 pm). As always, we’re building info lists for the holidays, and publishing this reminder that it’s not too late to let us know about retailers and food/drink businesses’ hours on Christmas Eve/Day. All the info we have so far – including the complete grocery-store hours list for Thursday/Friday – is toward the end of our West Seattle Holiday Guide page (which has a list of church services, too). We’re still checking around, but if you can help by providing info, please email westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you!

BIZNOTE: Endolyne Joe’s temporarily closing, until ‘this nightmare is at least close to over’

Endolyne Joe’s in Fauntleroy is temporarily closing, until indoor sit-down dining is back again. Libby Bills from Chow Foods, which owns the restaurant, tells WSB, “Endolyne Joe’s is temporarily suspending service. We tried to make a go of the curbside/delivery services that we have been offering for the last several months, but we are at a point that we need to preserve enough capital to re-open when this nightmare is at least close to over.” Joe’s general manager Jeff Andrew adds, “We did not come to this decision easily and want to thank the West Seattle community for all their support. We look forward to having our West Seattle family back in our restaurant enjoying our food and drink the way it was meant to be enjoyed.” (added) The restaurant’s last day for now will be Tuesday (December 22nd).

HOLIDAY MEALS: 8 West Seattle ways to get yours

One week until Christmas Eve, and it’s time to finalize your holiday-food plans. Some options:

MARINATION MA KAI (1660 Harbor SW): The Seacrest eatery is offering a Christmas brunch box for pickup 1-4 pm Christmas Eve, $45 to serve two:

-Monkey Bread
-Choice of Quiche Slices
-Ellenos Yogurt W/ Guava Jam
-House-made Tropical Granola
-Fruit Salad W/ Li Hing Mui

Potential add-ons, too, including beverages. Go here to order.

SALTY’S ON ALKI (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor): Tomorrow (Friday, December 18th) is the deadline to order a Christmas meal kit (featuring ham AND turkey), serving 2 for $70. You can order online or by phone. See the menu here.

PHOENECIA (4717 42nd SW): The Junction bistro is offering a reheatable Christmas dinner for two, $100. The menu:

-Fig and walnut salad
-Trio of spreads
-Roasted fingerling potatoes
-Balsamic-braised lamb shank
-Chocolate panna cotta

Text “reserve” to 206-250-5482.

WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor): Turkey or ham dinners – see the menu here. Sunday (December 20th) by 7 pm is the deadline to order, and the pickup deadline is 7 pm Christmas Eve.

HUSKY DELI (4721 California SW); Monday is the deadline for ordering Christmas dinners – ham or turkey, serving 6 to 8 people. See the menu here. Order by phone at 206-937-2810.

PECOS PIT (4400 35th SW; WSB sponsor): Meals available with smoked turkey, ham, or prime rib. Monday (December 21st) is the ordering deadline. The menu, and ordering info, is here.

METROPOLITAN MARKET (2320 42nd SW; WSB sponsor): Full holiday dinners still available as of a short time ago include ham, turkey, and lamb; ordering deadline is Saturday night. See what’s available here.

WHOLE FOODS (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW): Holiday meals serving from 4 to 12 people are available; the online ordering site says they need qt least 48 hours’ notice (and keep in mind, the store will be closed on Christmas Day).

Others to add? Comment, or email us – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

Overnight wind leaves West Seattle restaurant’s canopies in tatters

Though there was no storm advisory, the wind kicked up in a big way overnight, and that led to the damage you see above – Rosemary sent the photo, explaining:

Arthur’s in the Admiral District has been working since the pandemic restrictions began, to continue to operate and serve customers. It has been an extremely difficult year. A few weeks ago, tents were erected [photo] to make it possible to eat outside in relative comfort and heaters were also installed. Last night, the tents blew down despite anchoring concrete blocks. Rebecca Rice and her staff have worked so hard to maintain the business and this is yet another devastating blow to their work.

We contacted Rebecca by email to ask if there’s anything the community can do to help; she says she’s “trying to sort it out.” We’ll update when we hear more.

GIVING: Grillbird Teriyaki cooks up crowdfunded ‘pay it forward’ plan

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From Matt at Grillbird Teriyaki (35th/Morgan):

Every day we are giving out a gift card to a random customer; however, the gift card is not for them to use but for them to pass on to an individual or family in need of a hot meal. We hope to extend the generosity of our customers outward to our community so that no one goes hungry this winter. Many have asked us how they can contribute as well, so we have also come up with a way for customers to add a “Pay It Forward” gift card to their order online. The response has already been incredible.

Here’s how you can contribute.

FOOD NOTES: Bizzarro, La Rustica, Shug’s

Eat local! Three West Seattle/White Center food notes:

BIZZARRO ITALIAN CAFE: We first reported last month that Bizzarro Italian Café, a north Seattle fixture, was adding a White Center location, in the ex-Noble Barton space at 9635 16th SW. Tonight is opening night; they’re offering takeout and third-party delivery 5-8 pm nightly for starters.

LA RUSTICA: While we’re talking about Italian food, we have an update from La Rustica (4100 Beach Dr. SW):

We at La Rustica just wanted to remind everyone in West Seattle that our covered, heated patio is open for dining. Our patio is super-cozy and we are making sure all tables are socially distanced. We can take reservations for 5 or 5:30 pm. We also offer online ordering for takeout at larustica.westseattle@gmail.com. There are delivery and pick-up options available.

We are open Tuesday-Sunday 5-9 pm, Friday and Saturday until 10 pm. We really appreciate all of the support we have received from the community. If you have aany questions or to take a reservation, please call us at 206-932-3020 or email us at larustica.westseattle@gmail.com.

SHUG’S: And now, for dessert:

I am having a Holiday Pop-Up at our Shug’s Mini spot – 3800A California Ave SW, at the corner of Charlestown. The Pop-Up starts on Thursday, 12/17-12/23. Hours are 2-7 pm, and then 12/24, 2-5 pm.

We will be offering ice-cream gift boxes, pints of ice cream, bottles of dessert wine, and a bonus Pike Place Market Favorite foods table of goodies!

Got a business note, food or otherwise? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

TEMPORARY CLOSURE: Mashiko

Thanks for the tips. The West Seattle Junction restaurant Mashiko has announced another temporary closure for COVID safety: “We have had a COVID exposure to a family member of one of our teammates and will not reopen until everyone gets tested and the results come back negative.” The restaurant reported a similar situation one month ago.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE: Zeeks Pizza in West Seattle

Thanks for the tips. Zeeks Pizza in West Seattle is closed today. No note on the door but the website confirms the closure and employees have been notified that it’s because of a positive COVID-19 test. That’s the second temporary closure in less than a month.

COVID CLOSURE: El Chupacabra on Alki

Out on rounds tonight, we noticed El Chupacabra on Alki was dark, on a night when most food/drink establishments are usually open. So we stopped to investigate.

We learned the restaurant/bar had announced earlier this week that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, so they are “temporarily closed to take the necessary steps to safely reopen.”

FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: As commenter Tina points out, they’ve reopened today.

BIZNOTES: 3 Admiral food-and-drink updates

Thanks to everybody who’s been sending business updates in the wake of rule changes – we’re updating/creating lists – and we have some roundups too, including these three food/drink announcements from The Admiral District:

PIZZERIA 22 (4213 SW College): From proprietor Cary:

Pizzeria 22 is reopening tonight for business after a brief shutdown due to COVID-19. We are happy to report that all employees have tested negative for the virus. We will reopen tonight for business at 4 pm offering takeout, free delivery, and the last night of inside dining.

YEN WOR VILLAGE (2300 California SW): Received via text:

With so many positive cases in and around West Seattle, we have decided to close for the next 2 weeks out of concern for our own safety and to help prevent spread in our community. We hope everybody has a safe holiday and we hope to see you again when we reopen in early December for takeout and delivery.

FRESHY’S (2735 California SW): From proprietor Amber, with word of what’s in the works:

We will definitely be open for takeout 7 am-7 pm. We have online ordering through square and The Joe app. My staff and I are currently working on making bulk (or family-style) homemade soups for delivery, and putting together a system for customers to be able to order a daily, weekly, or monthly subscription for a variety of soups (like the farmer’s drop boxes of vegetables/fruit) that are different each time and will accommodate to dietary needs or restrictions for that customer. We will deliver (or they can pick up) ready-to- go soups or packages of soup that can be frozen and heated up when ready. We are also looking into putting together cold brew growlers as well as curbside pickup for a variety of coffee orders. With a great fall/winter season upon us, we are super stoked to provide hot, healthy, and delicious soup/sandwiches for the community.

Got biz info? westseattleblog@gmail.com is the best way to get it to us – thanks!

SPEND LOCAL: Help us update West Seattle business info!

As reported here earlier, the governor has announced a new round of restrictions aimed mostly at local businesses. (Here’s the governor’s office document with the complete list.) Many businesses that were already required to operate at reduced capacity are now under orders to cut back further.

Your spending decisions matter more than ever. A dollar spent with a local independent business has direct impact on whether we’ll still have a local independent business community when this is past. And the West Seattle Bridge closure, about to go into its ninth month, has intensified the need for local businesses.

So we’re going to do what we did when the first wave of restrictions happened back in March. We’re going to step up all the info we can bring you about local businesses. In the next few days before restaurants/bars are required to suspend indoor service, for example, we’re going to refresh/relaunch the food/drink-establishment list we launched back in March (which has been used almost 100,000 times), with updated information about takeout and outdoor service. We’ll also be collecting, for our forthcoming holiday guide, information about local retailers with online shopping.

If you’re a businessperson, we invite you to send us a quick update (hours, link for online ordering/shopping, whether you have in-house delivery, curbside service, outdoor service or shopping, etc.). We’ll do our best to proactively gather updates too, but help is appreciated. westseattleblog@gmail.com – or if texting is more convenient, 206-293-6302 – thank you!

UPDATE: New Luck Toy announces 6-month closure

ORIGINAL POST, FRIDAY 1:36 PM: Thanks for the tips. New Luck Toy has just announced that as of Sunday, November 22nd, it will close for six months. The announcement elaborates, “We’re pretty confident at this point you know what’s going on so we’ll spare you the lengthy post. We will be hunkering down for about 6 months so we can make it out of this.” The bar/restaurant has been open in north Morgan Junction (5905 California SW) for four years.

UPDATE 4:36 PM: New Luck Toy has now decided to close after tonight.

Also closed after a positive COVID-19 test: Haymaker

Our second report of the day about a West Seattle restaurant temporarily closing following a positive COVID-19 test: The sign at Haymaker in The Junction simply announces a closure for today and tomorrow, but the restaurant explains it online:

Out of an abundance of caution and commitment to do the right thing, we will be closing both Haymaker East and West after an employee tested positive for Covid 19. While the individual has not been in either restaurant for several days, our top priority remains the safety of our guests and team. We are taking this time to assist our staff with testing, and will reopen when it is safe to do so. We will continue to carefully follow all virus safety guidelines, and will be fully sanitizing both locations. We believe it’s important to be transparent in these times and will keep you posted with any updates.

(Haymaker East is in Eastlake, formerly called Le Messe.)

West Seattle Zeeks Pizza closed for cleaning after employee tests positive for COVID-19, staff told

The West Seattle location of Zeeks Pizza would usually be open for the day by now, but it’s closed and dark. No note was on the door when we went by about 2:30 pm, but according to email sent to staff, the restaurant is closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The company has not returned our phone message seeking comment, but its website says the West Seattle location is “temporarily closed.” The email to staff says it’s closed for a “deep clean” and that all staff will have to get tested before they can return to work when it reopens.

BIZNOTE: Happy anniversary, Copper Coin

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The Admiral District restaurant Copper Coin is marking its eighth anniversary today with a special. In line with its recent “reimagining” as a “burger bar,” Copper Coin is offering this combo: “All day on 11/5, we’re offering our flagship The Coin Burger with fries and a draft beer or cocktail of your choice for $8.99. For dine-in, takeout, and delivery; just enter promo code “BURGER” at checkout.” (You can order online or via no-contact kiosks at the restaurant.) They’re open 11:30 am-8:30 pm at 2329 California SW.

BIZNOTES: From beach to bagels

October 26, 2020 6:00 pm
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Two food biznotes:

HARRY’S BEACH HOUSE: The bistro at 2576 Alki SW sent us this update:

Starting Saturday, October 31, we will once again be serving BRUNCH from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday’s! We have also enclosed our back terrace to accommodate “outdoor” dining for the Winter Season; all tables inside and out are socially distanced and adhere to the most current WA State Covid-19 guidelines regarding restaurant dining.

We are updating our longrunning restaurant list with ongoing outdoor dining, so all updates appreciated – westseattleblog@gmail.com!

SEATTLE BAGEL BAKERY: SBB sent word it’s expanding home delivery to West Seattle:\

West Seattle area bagelheads can now get their coveted bagels and schmear delivered fresh to their door! Seattle Bagel is determined to adapt and stay relevant during these trying times. Getting mobile and going direct with a free, contactless delivery service is their way of evolving to meet the food service challenges and needs of the community.

Offerings from Seattle Bagel:

● Bagel Varieties like Asiago Cheese and Everything to French Toast and Pizza Bagels
● Flavored Cream Cheese Spreads from Cinnamon Vanilla to Roasted Garlic
● Premade, Breakfast Bagel Sandwiches (Bacon, Ham or Sausage w/ Egg & Cheese)
● 3 Types of Bagel Dogs (Pesto Parmesan, Jalapeno Pepperjack and Bacon Cheddar)

They also are offering items from partners, including other types of (non-cream-cheese) spreads, granola, coffee, pastries, and smoked salmon. You can order through seattlebagel.com, either one-time orders or subscriptions, $25 minimum order, free delivery Tuesdays through Fridays (depending on your location).

GRATITUDE: Here’s what the West Seattle High School senior-class dine-out fundraiser dished up

October 24, 2020 8:45 pm
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Last Wednesday, 10 West Seattle food businesses donated part of their proceeds to the West Seattle High School Class of 2021 – and tonight, class president Ella Richardson tells us how it went:

The West Seattle High School Senior ASB wants to thank everyone who supported us by participating in our Dine-Out Day this past Wednesday! We raised $2,788, almost three times our original goal. We are so grateful for the support in our community.

We would to like to give a special thanks to the following local businesses who supported us: Circa, Arthur’s, Lady Jaye, Mission, The Westy, Peel and Press, Bebop Waffle Shop, The Admiral Pub, Ampersand Cafe, Dream Dinners, Vain Salon, and Cre8 Contracting. We would also like to shoutout Gretchen, the owner of Circa, for rallying restaurants to join the fundraiser.

For those who are interested in directly donating to the Senior Class, here is the link to donate . Another way to support us is by purchasing a delicious pre-made frozen meal from Dream Dinners, who will be continuing our partnership until November 14th. Click this link for more information.

SIP, SAVOR, SUPPORT: 2 days until 10 tasty ways to help West Seattle High School’s senior class

Wednesday’s the day for that 10-establishment food fundraiser organized as a fundraiser for the West Seattle High School Class of 2021, which made this video as a reminder.

On October 21st, these are the 10 establishments sharing part of the profits with the senior class:

Circa (2605 California SW)
Bebop Waffle Shop (2600 California SW)
Arthur’s (2311 California SW)
Mission Cantina (2325 California SW)
Admiral Pub (2306 California SW)
Ampersand Café (2536 Alki SW)
Lady Jaye (4523 California SW)
Peel and Press (6503 California SW)
The Westy (7908 35th SW)
Dream Dinners* (4701 41st SW)

Three notes: First, Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is unique – place your order for tomorrow, to pick up the you-cook meal on Thursday, using this link. Second: You’ll also be able to buy raffle tickets at dinner time. Third: 4 pm-4:45 pm Wednesday, the band Aurora Avenue plans a “live COVID-friendly performance:” at Lady Jaye. The students – and businesses – appreciate your support.