There's really only one restaurant opening that anyone's talking about, but that doesn't mean there's only one opening in all of town. There are also a few restaurant closures to have on your radar this weekend.
- Loulay. Loulay, Loulay, Loulay. If you heard about one restaurant that opened this week, it's Loulay Kitchen & Bar, the latest venture by local celebrity chef Thierry Rautureau. This spot was so popular on its first night, which was Wednesday, that there were literally no reservations to be had. This weekend, Loulay might be a little too poppin', so your best bet might be to wait it out for a few. Still, it's an exciting development in Downtown.
- Miller's Guide is another big opening by a chef with a big name; Crush chef Jason Wilson's Kickstarter-funded nose-to-tail butchery and restaurant in Hotel Max begins serving general dinners, by reservation only, on Saturday. After that, general dinner service will begin, if you want to check out this old-school spot.
- Love Beecher's cheese? Of course you do. Now you can eat lots of it in the U. Village at Liam's, the latest opening from the Sugar Mountain family, which operates Beecher's, Maximus/Minimus, and a handful of other local establishments. Look for pastas, cured meats -- and of course, cheese.
- Beloved Capitol Hill staple Bill's Off Broadway is on a hiatus until 2015 for a massive remodel. This is a pretty big blow to the devoted 12th Men who gather there each weekend to root for the home team, but the owners have promised they'll reopen in time for the 2015 season.
- Cake Envy, a cupcake shop in Greenlake, sadly shut its doors on December 1. Owner Helen Noh, a single mom, told the Seattle Times that her hectic hours were becoming too much -- but that's not the only reason Cake Envy closed up show. The Times reported that a big reason was negativity online. The sweet shop's Yelp review, which is largely populated with raves, was peppered with negativity, which Noh said had worn her down.
Not sure you want to brave the brand-new crowds? Check out the last edition of Open and Shut.