A bar with Ping Pong tables in Seattle, a Chinese Hunan restaurant in Bellevue and a ramen house Issaquah are some of the big openings. Plus, Gummy Bears made with Dom Perignon Champagne.
You were expecting Westman’s Bagels and Coffee? Sorry, you have to wait a little longer — likely late next week — for the anticipated opening of this New York-style bagel walk-up window. In the meantime, the rush continues with more bars and restaurants holding ribbon-cutting ceremonies around Seattle and Bellevue. On with the list.
A bar with stray ping pong balls whizzing by. What could go wrong? SPiN is a 10,000-square-foot bar restaurant with “state-of-the-art Olympic ping pong tables” in the Decatur Building in downtown Seattle. There will be tourneys, and for those who need to up their game, private lessons are available. (How can you think of this place and not pay homage to “Balls of Fury”? Check out the awesome trailer here).
The Westy, a popular Seahawks bar in West Seattle, will open a second location in Roosevelt Thursday (Jan. 4). It’s even bigger than its West Seattle hub. “The Westy Roosevelt” boasts 22 TVs and projectors for Husky fans to catch the big game and behind the bar there are 120 bourbons and two dozen beers on tap.
Pho Bac Súp Shop and Vita Uva natural wine shop open under the same roof along South Jackson Street, on a stretch known as “Little Saigon.” The Vietnamese restaurant comes from the same family that runs the three Pho Bac restaurants in the area. It seats about 100 and is tailored to a younger crowd, with a full bar and a snack menu of sliders, spring rolls and other Asian appetizers. A half-mile south, H Bistro opens in the Chinatown-International District.
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Sémillon Bakery & Café opens in the former home of Inés Patisserie on Capitol Hill, with Croque Monsieurs, crepes and French pastries, as well as wine and espresso drinks, a larger menu than Inés’.
Evergreens, the salad fast-casual chain with six locations around Seattle, expands to the Eastside in the City Center Plaza Building in Bellevue.
Even Stevens expands to the U Village. The Utah-based chain, which donates a sandwich to those in need for every one sold, announced on Facebook on Dec. 22 that it had donated 1,000 sandwiches to food banks and other non-profits.
Sugarfina, the candy boutique with gourmet treats such as “Champagne Gummy Bears made with Dom Perignon,” opens on the second floor of Bellevue Square.
Tempesta, the Belltown coffee spot “specializing in small batch glaze donuts,” opens at the corner of Third Avenue and Lenora Street. It’s from the same folks behind Orfeo next door.
Sugar Bakery & Coffeehouse takes over the space of Craftworks Coffee in lower Queen Anne.
Sizzling Pot King in Bellevue specializes in “dry pot” entrees. Think “hot pot” without the broth. There’s also fried dumplings and a menu heavy on Hunan cuisine.
Orenji Sushi & Noodles does ramen in Issaquah. Currently in soft-opening mode, the restaurant will expand the menu to include Japanese hot pot soon.
MSS Kitchen, a cart with sandwiches, gyros and sambusas (most menu items cost less than $6), opens in the parking lot next to the Twilight Exit bar in the Central District.
Great State Burger opens its sixth location in downtown Seattle.
Sushi Naomi opens in Greenwood.
Al Bacha Restaurant does shawarma and gyros on Capitol Hill.
The tequila bar The Saint on Capitol Hill, has reopened. Its signature aqua blue facade has been repainted in a Pepto-Bismol pink. (Why!?!) Also, no food served anymore, and the large tequila selection has been downsized. But at least no one will look at you funny if you want a whiskey, vodka or rum cocktail at this tequila bar now. The menu isn’t as agave-centric.