The week in Seattle food:
PASEO appears poised to reopen! After its sudden closure a month ago, both the Fremont shop and the Paseo name have been purchased — at a quickie auction held in a hallway, in case the story needed more drama — for $91,000, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. While the recipes were not a part of the sale, with the help of former cooks and the use of former suppliers (like Macrina for bread and Sea Bend Meats for pork), the re-creation of the city’s (if not the world’s) most beloved sandwich won’t be rocket science. We’ll have more news here tomorrow.
THE SANTA FE CAFE is closing on Jan. 1 after more than three decades of red-and-green chile service. The original Ravenna space was a biker bar before Steve and Greg Gibbons took it over way back in 1981; relatively new owners Drew and Erin Bloom bought the later Phinney Ridge location in 2008, and it sounds like they’d have liked to stay open. Condolences to them and Santa Fe Cafe fans. MORE>>>
SUIKA is open as of just last night in the former 611 Supreme space on Pine; it’s the sibling of a very popular Vancouver izakaya (Japanese small plates, intended to accompany drinking). Co-owners Makoto Kimoto and Minoru Tamaru own four places in Canada. Add Suika to the long list of new restaurants on Capitol Hill, including Cafe Barjot, Single Shot, Spaghetti Western, Stateside, and the new version of Lark. The daunting thing is, they all sound really good. MORE>>>
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THE STARBUCKS RESERVE® ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM with a new SERIOUS PIE lodged inside is newly open on the corner of Melrose and Pike on Capitol Hill. The 15,000-square-foot complex — which Howard Schultz is calling “the ‘Willy Wonka’ of coffee” — sounds completely nuts. MORE>>>
MAMA STORTINI’S has a new location at Northgate Mall, joining outlets in Puyallup and Kent.
THE RENDEZVOUS in Belltown has a new chef: Simon Pantet, who was a Top Chef contestant after working at the Madrona Ale House. He’s since run the Urban Nomad food truck, and he’s also into kickboxing. MORE>>>
WILLIE’S TASTE OF SOUL on Rainier is taking $5 off all dinners through the end of December — that’s your choice of barbecue plus two sides and choice of bread (here’s the menu). A Columbia City reader writes, “It’s good barbecue and good people.”
HOLIDAY BAZAAR COLLECTIVE POP UP: Shop local at this holiday market on Saturday, Dec. 13 in Vif’s parking lot, in Fremont, featuring Sea Wolf Bakery, Seattle Seltzer, and the Narwhal Oyster Truck (plus music from DJ Christopher LaRose, who “doubles as a Portland urban farmer by day”). MORE>>>
PUBLIC MARKET: Shop local some more at this pop-up shop on Monday, Dec. 15 at Pettirosso, on Capitol Hill, featuring local artists’ work and vintage stuff, along with cocktails and live music from “the most holidaytastic holiday band” ever, Dancer and Prancer. MORE>>>