Is it possible that only one new restaurant has opened in Seattle in the last week? It appears so: Thai Thani Kitchen is it. “Thani” is pronounced “tah-NEE,” and manager Fon Pongpaitoon explains it means “town” in Thai. Located in the Denny Triangle/South Lake Union, it’s a sibling to Thai Thani in Ballard and Thai Fusion Bistro at Northgate. The new Thani has only been open for three days, and Pongpaitoon says they’ve been slammed from about 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with Amazon lunch-eaters (hint: call ahead to get on the list for a table).
The interior is soothingly dark, with some reclaimed siding and ornamental jars of spices on one wall — nothing too startling — and the menu is a familiar central Thailand one. They’re still setting up the bar, but they’ve got their liquor license and expect to have happy hour going within a week or two.
STOMACH-TURNING: You can’t unread this story about U.S. meat-industry research being conducted in the middle of nowhere in Nebraska. This research is financed by our taxes, and it is horrifying. Don’t buy mass-market meat, people.
SCARY: As USDA meat inspection gets more toothless, an “ag-gag” law has been introduced in Olympia. After the hearing, however, it looks like it might die in committee. You can contact your representative to let them know what you think.
BETTER THAN NOTHING: Federal officials are proposing standards for permissible levels of salmonella in poultry parts. Most poultry in the U.S. is bought in parts; there are no standards in place now, and the new standards would be voluntary. Still, they “could prevent 50,000 cases of food-borne illness a year.”
WEIRD: After a report to the contrary, turns out Seattle soul-food hero Ms. Helen is not involved with a new restaurant in White Center after all. She’s never even been to White Center.
SURPRISING?: A new national poll shows overwhelming support for raising the minimum wage (with more links there to items about McDonald’s hated new ad campaign, the cats of Pizza Hut Japan and more).
SO IT GOES: Chef Mike Robertshaw is leaving Roux in Fremont, for what sounds like literally greener pastures in Arkansas; he’s done great work there and will be missed. Who will get his job?
FREEBIES, SPECIALS AND EVENTS
FREE RIGATONI at Tavolàta for its 8th birthday tonight; free wine-tastings at Bottlehouse; 1975 prices on signature menu items (with Murray Stenson bartending!) at Il Bistro for its 40th birthday from Tuesday, Jan. 27 through Thursday, Jan. 29; and MORE>>>
FREE PIZZA at Pagliacci in Shoreline only, two slices per person on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “to celebrate the new pizza-by-the-slice bar.” MORE>>>
FREE EDIBLE EDUCATION via UC Berkeley on YouTube! MORE>>>
$1 OYSTERS at Triumph Bar through January; ice cream and record-playing at Full Tilt; and MORE>>>
A HOG BUTCHERY class happens at Heyday Farms on Bainbridge Island on Saturday, Jan. 24. MORE>>>
BEAT BREAKS AND PANCAKES, a monthly brunch with a DJ spinning old-school hip-hop at RockCreek in Fremont, starts on Sunday, Jan. 25. I’d feel weird ordering the NWA Pancakes (yes, really — with Nutella, walnuts and crème anglaise), but RockCreek’s food is great and the music will be too. MORE>>>
PARTY AND HELP OUT Pettirosso’s Ian Burnside — a beloved food-industry guy who has to have surgery and has a $5,000 deductible on his health insurance — with live bands, cocktail specials and a “super-sweet” raffle at Pettirosso on Monday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. MORE>>>
TOMMY GUN on Capitol Hill served its last drink last Saturday, as the owner moves along to work on a new place where the recently closed Philadelphia Fevre used to be. And never fear, you still won’t go thirsty for more than a few feet on Olive Way: Looks like a new bar is taking the Tommy Gun space. MORE>>>
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