Columbia City is getting a Marination restaurant, Chick-fil-A's local openings are delayed and more.

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MARINATION’S COMING TO COLUMBIA CITY, and it sounds like it’ll make the neighborhood very, very happy. The new restaurant from Roz Edison and Kamala Saxton doesn’t have a name yet, but it’ll be in the building formerly housing Esmay’s Auto Rebuild (3714 S. Hudson St.). They plan to be open for coffee and so forth in the morning, weekend brunch, and cocktails and dinner — the latter with an Asian-Hawaiian menu featuring local ingredients.

Edison and Saxton live in Columbia City and Seward Park, so it’ll be closer to home for them than their other spots (the various Marination incarnations and the swell-looking newish Good Bar in Pioneer Square). Edison says, “We’re excited about all the growth happening in this part of Seattle and we wanted to bring some aloha to it.” They anticipate opening next fall.

ETHAN STOWELL is also planning a new place, which happens to be in a little hotel downtown called the Four Seasons. MORE>>>


GNOCCHI BAR is open in the former D’Ambrosio Gelato shop on Capitol Hill. It’s brought to us by Lisa Nakamura (Allium/Herbfarm/French Laundry), and it’s probably really good. MORE>>>

FOO LAM is open for dim sum on Beacon Hill. It’s inexpensive, independently owned and they’re really nice on the phone… anybody been yet? MORE>>>

NUMBER 6 CIDER is open in Interbay for cider and snacks, and it is a labor of cider-love. MORE>>>

SALT & IRON is open for steak and oysters (and more) in Edmonds, under the same ownership as nearby Bar Dojo. MORE>>>

PIE BAR’s second location is open in Ballard, for those who like pie and bars (that’s everyone, right?). MORE>>>

BLOOM in Ballard closes after service this Saturday, which is sad. But chef Jason Harris (also of Showa) is partnering with aquavit-making Old Ballard Liquor Co. for a series of pop-ups featuring modern Scandinavian called TUMBLE SWEDE. This sounds potentially awesome. MORE>>>

RAVISH on Eastlake closed after six years, to many fans’ Facebook chagrin. The catering arm of the company remains in operation. MORE>>>


CHICK-FIL-A HAS DELAYED the openings of its three Seattle-area locations, the first of which was originally scheduled for this very day. The new plan: The Bellevue grand opening is confirmed for April 9, with Tacoma and Lynnwood tentatively scheduled for April 16 and 23. MORE>>>

2015 JAMES BEARD AWARD FINALISTS were named this week, and there’s not much love for Seattle there. Sigh. MORE>>>

MURRAY STENSON, the bartenders’ bartender, has been located at E. Smith Mercantile on Sundays and Mondays, with reservations accepted! MORE>>>

RECALLS are happening right, left and sideways. Do you buy food to eat? You might want to check it to make sure it’s not poisonous. MORE>>>


PLATE OF NATIONS is Rainier Valley’s cheaper, arguably more awesome version of those citywide dining-out promotions, and the fifth annual version starts tomorrow and goes through April 12. The $25 dinners feed two people, and a dozen places of all kinds of nations are making special menus for it — from brand-new dim sum spot Foo Lam to longtime favorite Huarachitos. Go! MORE>>>

DINE AROUND SEATTLE is still happening, too, speaking of those citywide dining-out promotions. You have tonight, then Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to get $33 prix-fixe dinners at 63 different restaurants My picks would be newcomer Tray Kitchen and old favorites Monsoon and Poppy (note that while Shanik is still on the list, it’s closed — sigh). MORE>>>

TASTE WASHINGTON, the mammoth wine extravaganza, starts today. You would like to enjoy it properly, you say? MORE>>>