After a string of bad news about the closures of well-established restaurants– the “legendary” Catfish Corner was the latest casualty – here’s some encouraging news about exciting newcomers.
Trove, an ambitious restaurant project from Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi of Revel and Joule, is scheduled to open Sept. 14 in a massive space at 500 East Pike St. on Capitol Hill. It’s four Asian-influenced eateries under one roof, featuring a noodle bar, an “elevated” Korean barbecue grill, a bar with cocktails and local draft beers, and, as the owners described it, “a custom-painted truck that has been sawed in half to house Seattle’s most intriguing ice cream shop.” That last, Trove Parfait, will feature Korean-influenced frozen custard and toppings, “with combinations such as black sesame, miso, caramel, and candied peanuts.” The website doesn’t have a lot of information up yet, but it’ll be at troveseattle.com.
In other upcoming openings, the Greenwood neighborhood is scoring big. After recently welcoming the inventive fusion Box and Bottle, neighbors are anticipating an October opening for a big “Mothership” branch of Chaco Canyon Cafe, known for its vegan dishes, raw food offerings and organic meals. The new branch at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., partly funded through a Kickstarter campaign, will include a bakery-cafe and a commissary kitchen, including a second separate kitchen for gluten-free baking. Look for some baking competition from Coyle’s Bakeshop, the marvelous former pop-up from accomplished pastry chef Rachael Coyle, which will be moving into a permanent home in a 1,200-square-foot space a block south of Chaco Canyon in the winter, featuring coffee and tea, light lunches, and “handmade pastries that are inspired by French, British and classic American baking.” Coyle is an alum of the kitchens of The Herbfarm, Le Pichet and Cafe Presse.
In the Frelard semi-neighborhood (the space between Ballard and Fremont), Heong Soon Park of Bacco and Chan is planning to open a dim-sum style restaurant featuring “fresh Northwestern ingredients with a Korean twist” at 4012 Leary Way N.W. in October. Seattle mag noted that it “is strongly patterned after the James Beard Award-winning State Bird Provisions in San Francisco where there is both a standard menu and special small plates passed around on carts.”
To book-end the four-in-one new Trove, don’t forget that Lark’s John Sundstrom and his team are planning their own four-in-one in the Central Agency Building at 952 E. Seneca Street later in the fall. They’re moving and re-envisioning Lark in the new space, plus adding on new eateries Bitter/Raw & Slab Sandwich & Pie, and a private dining space. The Chophouse Row development will house Kurt Timmermeister’s ice cream shop, Ericka Burke’s new restaurants, and other enticements. Also on the Hill, Stateside, French-inspired Vietnamese cuisine from Eric Johnson, a veteran of Jean Georges Vongerichten’s international empire, is expected in November.
In SoDo, Jack’s BBQ is promising Central Texas eats when it opens Sept. 9 at 3924 Airport Way S. with a menu including Frito Pie, lots of brisket choices, black-eyed pea salad and pecan pie. Texas native Jack Timmons is building here on the success of his Seattle Brisket Experience project.