Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings
Seattle restauranteur Ethan Stowell is adding a booth to the already impressive lineup at the Wallingford farmer’s market. Each Wednesday afternoon chefs will be at the booth selling the likes of zucchini fritters with herb pesto, pastrami sandwiches, fresh burrata, pestos, and much more. (Image: Geoffrey Smith / Ethan Stowell Restaurants)

Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

OPENINGS

See’s Candies. Does this count as a restaurant? I think we’ve all had those days where a box of chocolates serves as our dinner. No judgement here. See’s is opening up a new shop on June 27th in Woodinville Plaza. Note – the grand opening celebration will include free lollypops and hats for kids.

Ethan Stowell booth. Again, we’re blurring the line here of what constitutes a ‘restaurant’ - let’s go with anything that serves edible things. In that regard, a new booth at the Wallingford Farmer’s Market totally counts! Seattle restauranteur Ethan Stowell is adding a booth to the already impressive lineup at this local farmer’s market. Each Wednesday afternoon chefs will be at the booth selling the likes of zucchini fritters with herb pesto, pastrami sandwiches, fresh burrata, pestos, and much more. The farmer’s market is located at Meridian Park Wednesdays from 3:30 – 7pm.

Von Trapp’s biergarten. This Capitol Hill favorite is opening their biergarten for the summer any day now! The parking lot north of the building has been converted into seating for 60, with an additional 20 on the convertible bocce court (and a full bar, don’t worry). Summer also means new hours; 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. Sunday. There will be a new lunch menu available Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with dinner beginning every day at 5 p.m. Happy Hour will now be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The biergarten closes daily at 10 p.m., though the restaurant will remain open later.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Sandwich lovers rejoice! Potbelly opened it’s newest location at 4520 University Ave yesterday. Hours are set to be Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Canal Market. Ericka Burke of Volunteer Park Café is opening Canal Market later this summer in the Portage Bay neighborhood. The Market will be a mix of groceries, fresh produce, household essentials and gift items. Grab-and-go food and coffee will be offered as well. Burke hopes the Market will be a “vibrant hub” for the Portage Bay community.

Stout. There can never be too much beer on Capitol Hill right? That’s how Paul Reder feels, and to prove is he's opening Stout – a beer focused joint – in late fall. Seattle PI tells us that construction is set to begin in July at 11th and Pine, and Reder says to expect 20 quality beers on tap.

Local Burger. Bellevue is getting an extension of Belltown’s Local 360 restaurant in the form of burger joint Local Burger this month, according to the Bellevue Reporter. Setting up in the old Salute on Main Street in Bellevue, Josh Groff has the same goals for this burger joint as for Local 360: that 90 percent of the food they serve will be from within 360 miles of Seattle.

The Lone Stranger. Word on the street from Seattle Met’s Nosh Pit is that local restauranteur Tom Douglas is turning to Mexican food with the anticipated opening of The Lone Stranger, a Mexican cantina. It’s unknown when the opening date will be, but the shop will be at 5th and Lenora and feature corn tortillas made on site.

Red Cow. Not a restaurant, but a patio is now open! Red Cow has opened its doors (back doors, that is) for summer. The new patio is on the south side of the building and will have picnic table-style seating for 12.

CLOSINGS

Thai Landing. The Alki Avenue Thai food place was closed last week for a number of health code violations including potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures, equipment not properly sanitized, and handwashing facilities being inaccessible. Check the status here for it’s reopening and updates. 

A Terrible Beauty. Not a great month for West Seattle, as another of its restaurant has closed – this one for good. A Terrible Beauty at California and Edmunds has shut their doors after being open since spring 2011, reports the West Seattle Blog. This Irish pub/restaurant was one of three others in Renton and Lake Union. We suspect business was just a little slow at the WS location, since owners are opening up a new brand The Big Country Lakeside Saloon and Kitchen right next to the Lake Union ATB. 

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