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January 15, 2015 at 4:07 PM

News you can eat: Exciting expansions, not-so-sad closures, brand-new places and more

Epic Ales' master brewer Cody Morris and Travis Kukull chef/owner of Gastrop od and, soon, Mollusk in South Lake Union. / Courtesy Gastropod

Epic Ales’ master brewer Cody Morris, left, and Travis Kukull, chef/owner of Gastropod and, soon, Mollusk in South Lake Union. / Courtesy Gastropod

GASTROPOD EXPANSION NEWS

Gastropod’s Travis Kukull is planning a second restaurant called Mollusk. Gastropod is the tiny, excellent gastropub counterpart to Sodo’s Epic Ales; Mollusk will be in South Lake Union, on Dexter at Valley. Kukull’s menu at Mollusk will center on southeast Asian and Indian curries, and the space will seat 100 people and include a seven-barrel brew house for Epic.

Yes, mollusks will be served at Mollusk, both in and out of curry. Kukull says his favorite kind to eat is scallops, “roe and all.” His favorite to watch “would be the octopus because they are clever, violent and peaceful all in one — a complex creature. I like to eat them too.” (For this, he recommends Tako Kyuuban, the takoyaki place at both the Seattle and Bellevue Uwajimayas.) Kukull’s launched a Community Sourced Capital site to raise funds for the new venture.

Meanwhile, Gastropod’s future is uncertain. Kukull’s been tangling with the Department of Planning and Development and the health department about whether the minuscule open kitchen — consisting of three butane-powered burners, one induction burner and a convection oven — requires a ventilation hood. He says the agencies “find the concept confusing, and want to regulate our menu and what we serve.” Kukull says he will keep us apprised as to its fate and whether any appeals to the city need to be made.

MORE EXCITING EXPANSION NEWS

RENEE ERICKSON: The rightfully famous Boat Street/Walrus and the Carpenter/Whale Wins chef is planning two adjoining restaurants on Capitol Hill, a Normandy-style oyster bar and a Parisian-style cafe. Sorry, other neighborhoods! MORE>>>

GOODBYE-AND-HELLO

THE KINGFISH CAFE is closing on Jan. 25, after nearly 20 beloved years, citing increasing costs and rent on Capitol Hill. But there’s a big silver lining that could bring the Coaston sisters’ soul-food favorites closer to your mouth: They say they’ll be opening several small, to-go spots in various neighborhoods. MORE>>>

THE STREAMLINE TAVERN closed down on Lower Queen Anne at the New Year, making room for a new Korean consulate, but fans of the longtime dive-bar favorite can take solace in the fact that it’ll reopen soon a few blocks away where Jabu’s Pub used to be. MORE>>>

BRAND-NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS

SLAB SANDWICHES + PIE on Capitol Hill: This to-go window is the third and final component of John Sundstrom’s new edition of Lark, a few blocks from the original location. (Component #2 is Bitter/Raw, the upstairs crudo-and-charcuterie bar.) Most-talked-about line from the menu: “Crispy chicken skin can be added to any sandwich for $2.” MORE>>> 

BYREK & BAGUETTE in Bellevue: Reader Viki writes to recommend this spot: “It’s a little stand between Cheesecake Factory and Red Robin at Bellevue Square Mall. Authentic byrek with handmade phyllo. All the rage among Seattle Turkish, Albanian and Serbo-Croatian communities.” Owner Natalie is from Albania, but you may know byrek by its Turkish name, börek. In my experience, it is a great breakfast, lunch or snack. MORE>>>

REDWING CAFE: Redwing is across from Nate’s Wings & Waffles. In the first encroachment of Portlandia into Rainier Beach, it has a bird on it. Reader Kirsten says, “It’s nice and cozy — the espresso drinks are excellent and the baked things are tasty.” MORE>>>

CASCO ANTIGUO: The newest restaurant-and-bar in Pioneer Square features the Mexican cuisine of chef Rodolfo “Rudy” Riveron, formerly of the Saint, as well as margaritas on tap and TVs in the cantina for game days. It’s in the former Calozzi’s Cheesesteaks spot, and it’s owned by one of the partners in nearby Altstadt. MORE>>>

THE JEWEL BOX BAR: The haute-cuisine zone of Westlake’s MistralKitchen has been reconfigured as a sleek, midcentury lounge. Featured on shelves and with drinks in them: Ornate, jewel-toned, hand-blown cocktail glasses from Pennsylvania-based artist Michael Schunke (they retail for $300 apiece, but you’re not liable for breakage, so don’t be nervous?). A new menu of small plates is also available. MORE>>>

EVENTS

SEAHAWKS!!!: As you may have heard, they’re playing on Sunday. Would you like to know which bars and restaurants have great game-day specials? Of course you would. MORE>>>

TARIK ABDULLAH ON THE TASTE: Also known as A DJ and a Cook, Abdullah is still in the running for “America’s Best Undiscovered Cook” on the ABC series, which airs Thursday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. He’ll be in the kitchen and hanging out at a viewing party at Island Soul in Columbia City, which sounds fun, and he also just relaunched his Hillman City brunch pop-up, with the next one coming this Sunday at La Isla Del Mojito. MORE>>>

DINNERS AT IL CORVO: Mike Easton announced that he’ll be making (probably spectacular) dinners every other Saturday night with the help of Miles James (beloved for his departed Dot’s). The available dates filled up pretty much instantaneously, but more are coming. MORE>>>

MORE local food events>>>

HEADLINE OF THE WEEK

“Noodles Help Pacify Tea Pot-Swinging Employee at Seattle Restaurant” MORE>>>

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