Bees create local/seasonal traffic jam, José Andrés is opening a Seattle restaurant, Vancouver favorite Meat & Bread opens on Capitol Hill plus lots more Seattle food news.

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BEES! First it was cod (not salmon, despite early reports), then Seattle roadways were snarled by an overturned bee truck. But don’t blame the bees: They were just carpooling to work. We’re the ones who messed up the world and our food chain so much that they have to be driven around to pollinate plants. The bees were on their way to some blueberries, and they are now tiny traffic fatalities — millions of them. Pity the bees! MORE>>>

SEATTLE IS GETTING A JOSÉ ANDRÉS RESTAURANT in the tony Philippe Starck–designed SLS Hotel planned for downtown. The restaurant from the world-famous Spanish chef will occupy the former Seattle First United Methodist church, which sounds pretty incredible. MORE>>>

IN $15 NEWS, 21 people were arrested in Seattle as rallies for a living wage for everyone took place across the country on Wednesday. And while there’s been much emphasis on the restaurant angle, it’s important to note that those involved also include restaurant workers and department-store workers, home-care workers, Uber drivers and others. MORE>>>

LOCAL BEER GURU Dick Cantwell has (unsurprisingly) resigned from Anheuser-Busch’s Elysian Brewing (and godspeed, sir!). MORE>>>


MEAT & BREAD is open on Capitol Hill, and sandwich-ophiles are freaking out about this outlet of the vaunted Vancouver-based sandwich shop. It’s located right by SLAB Sandwiches + Pie, John Sundstrom’s adjunct to the new location of his posh Lark. Sandwich battle! MORE>>>

GOKAN, a new sushi bar from the chef of Wallingford’s longtime cheap-eats sushi favorite Musashi’s, is open on Capitol Hill. It’s on Union between Neumo’s and the new Lark (and the even newer Meat & Bread; see above). Stay tuned for 117 more openings in the neighborhood this spring/summer. MORE>>>

MR. GYROS has a brand-new branch in Wallingford, same menu as Ballard and Greenwood shops. MORE>>>

CHICK-FIL-A opened in Bellevue, and I wrote about five great local fried-chicken-sandwich alternatives, and people in the comments got pretty mad about that. MORE>>>

ALMOST A DOZEN NEW FOOD TRUCKS are hitting Seattle streets, dispensing everything from barbecue to vegan food, with one specializing in raclette. (Yes! Though that may be a hard summer sell). Remember when we were so excited to just have Skillet, and it kept breaking down?! MORE>>>



KRAKEN CONGEE opens Monday in the former Little Uncle space in Pioneer Square. MORE>>>

ORFEO, from the Steelhead Diner/Blueacre Seafood crew, will (finally!) occupy the long-empty Brasa space in Belltown. MORE>>>

VENDEMMIA is opening (ahead of schedule!) next month in Madrona. MORE>>>


TUMBLE SWEDE‘s very promising-sounding Nordic food-and-drink popup starts this weekend; Cafe Nordo’s got dinner and a show at its new Pioneer Square spot; Town Hall hosts a live taping of Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton’s Spilled Milk podcast; and MORE>>>

SEATTLE RESTAURANT WEEK is still going from Sunday through Thursday, and it demands a sound strategy in order to get your money’s worth. Here you go! MORE>>>