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All You Can Eat

Trend-setting restaurants, Northwest cookbooks, local food news and the people who make them happen.

December 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

News you can eat: Zhu Dang opens, Philadelphia Fevre closes, restaurant grading on the way

The interior of Zhu Dang, now open on Olive Way (and open on Christmas day).

The interior of Zhu Dang, now open on Olive Way (and open on Christmas Day). (Photo courtesy of Zhu Dang)

RESTAURANT NEWS:

ZHU DANG is brand-new  in the space where ill-fated nightclub The Social used to be, serving “updated Chinese food” on Capitol Hill. One of its exec chefs comes from dumpling paradise Din Tai Fung; the other has cooked at Joule, Revel, Nell’s and Café Campagne. Impressive credentials. And if you don’t feel like cooking on Christmas, they’ll be open from 3 to 7 p.m. MORE>>>

CAFE JUANITA will be temporarily occupying the former Lark space on 12th Avenue starting Feb. 4  while its Kirkland home is remodeled (it’ll return to Kirkland sometime in April). Note to Santa: Cafe Juanita is great, and they have gift certificates (the Seattle tasting-menu-only dinners cost $135 per person). MORE>>>

DOT’S former Fremont spot will house a new restaurant called Suga in the new year. The owner? Same as the Benihana franchise downtown. MORE>>>

PHILADELPHIA FEVRE in the Central District has served its last cheesesteak after 31 years. Sad! MORE>>>

ELM COFFEE ROASTERS has at last opened its new cafe in Pioneer Square, next to (the great) Pizzeria Gabbiano. Owner Brendan Mullally is back in Seattle after a (long) stint at New York’s Joe; the bean-roaster is Drew Fitchette, formerly of Stumptown. MORE>>>

SALUT BISTRO (1715 N. 45th St., 206-633-9977) is newly open in Wallingford in the former Patty’s Eggnest spot. Chef Chris Marquez comes from Bill the Butcher and the Swinery; owner Joe Martin’s family used to own local bars, including the Crescent Lounge. Salut Bistro has no web presence yet; note that it is not the same as nearby invite-only Salut.

THE SKY VIEW CAFE is open way up high for wine, sandwiches and more on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center (but you have to buy a $12.50 ticket to get to it). MORE>>>

O’YEAH ASIAN FOOD is open where the beloved Malay Satay Hut used to be in the Chinatown International District. Chef/owner David Ding formerly owned O’Yeah Cafe in Houston; the Seattle O’Yeah has a karaoke room.

DUOS in West Seattle is shutting down as a restaurant; catering will continue. MORE>>>

FOOD EVENTS: 

AGRODOLCE in Fremont celebrates its second birthday all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19-21, with $2 food and cocktails. Sounds like a good party!

ROCKCREEK in Fremont is having an ugly Christmas sweater party on Sunday, Dec. 21. No specials on drinks to ease the sartorial pain, but the best/worst sweater wins a $50 gift card.

CHRISTMAS is happening. Don’t want to cook? See Zhu Dang above, or: MORE>>>

THINGS YOU SHOULD READ:

RESTAURANT GRADING is finally coming to Seattle, bringing us up-to-date with Los Angeles c. 1997. MORE>>>

BE AFRAID of the pilot of the new U.S. meat inspection program, H.A.C.C.P., a.k.a. “Have a Cup of Coffee and Pray.” MORE>>>

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