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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

With the New Year comes new beginnings, and in this case – one temporary ending.

OPENINGS

Hecho: A new Mexican restaurant called Hecho is opening in Phinney Ridge in early March. Hecho in Spanish means “made” – and that’s what everything in the restaurant will be: hand-made, that is. From drinks, to salsa and tortillas, and even the tables. Hecho will use local ingredients to serve and make food from every corner of Mexico. Eater Seattle reports that this collaboration of Chris Navarra, Shannon Wilkinson and Chris Girke will be taking over the old Carmelita space on Greenwood Ave N.

Amaro Bistro: Six Oaks Apartments announced yesterday that Amaro Bistro will open inside its downtown Bothell complex in the fall of 2014. The bistro will specialize in traditional and modern Italian cuisine, and is the second restaurant for Nick Wiltz – the owner of Il Bistro in Pike Place Market.

Tutta Bella: Great news if you love this popular Seattle restaurant, but live on the Eastside! Owner Joe Fugere has opened his fifth restaurant, this time in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Bellevue. This 300-seater is the largest of the five, and has imported ovens from Naples, and a private space and patio for Microsoft to use as a meeting place. Sign us up for that meeting!

CLOSED (for now)

Saigon Boat Café was closed Sunday night by a Public Health food inspector for safety violations including hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures, improper cooling of food, poor personal hygiene and improper sanitation of utensils. West Seattle Blog reports the café will be reopened once all issues have been resolved.

Any other openings or closings we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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