THE STREAMLINE TAVERN is back as of lucky Friday, Feb. 13, not far from its former longtime lower Queen Anne location (which was requisitioned for a new Korean embassy). Former P-I columnist Mike Lewis, his Streamline co-owner Mary McIntyre and four friends went the literal extra half-mile to keep some of the old dive’s classic charm, carrying part of the central island of a bar down six blocks of sidewalk with their own hands.
Lewis and company also harvested “the nicotine-burnished panels” from the old space’s walls and put in a comfortingly familiar red-and-black tile floor, plus a mural tribute to the Kalakala. This isn’t a schmancy design-firm reclaim/salvage job — this is the actual human beings who loved a place lovingly saving it as best they can. The way Seattle’s going, it means a lot. (They also moved the toilets, taking them to the Brown Bear Car Wash along the way.)
The Streamline’s new incarnation is where Jabu’s Pub used to be on Roy Street; you’ll recognize the big yellow “T” sign. It’s not the exact same one — at almost 10 feet tall, it was too big for the new spot, according to city code — but, Lewis says, “We will find a way to incorporate the old one somehow, because we love that thing.” Cheers to the Streamline.
THE MARKET HALL is newly open downtown, and it appears to be the opposite of the Streamline Tavern. An upscale market/restaurant/bar hybrid, it’s brought to you by Tony Riviera, L.A. restaurateur and “one of the countries premiere restaurant concept developers and visionaries” (his bio’s words). Riviera is the founder of the Tony Maroni’s Gourmet Pizza chain and current owner of “Canada’s largest burrito-restaurant chain,” the Red Burrito. MORE>>>
GRUB (THE RESTAURANT) HAS CLOSED after a couple years on upper Queen Anne. It’ll be replaced by a restaurant called Bounty Kitchen, run by Meg Trainer and Russ Raade, with Morgan Kirkpatrick in the kitchen, after a Graham Baba remodel. MORE>>>
LUNCH IS NOW SERVED at Stateside on Capitol Hill, Volterra in Ballard (and Kirkland), and Tiffin downtown (which does window service from Wild Ginger’s kitchen out of the former Triple Door ticket office). MORE>>>
SPEAKING OF LUNCH, Homegrown’s branch in the Melrose Market is open again with a bigger kitchen, plus all-sustainable salads and juices to go with the all-sustainable sandwiches. Remember when they lowered their prices? Pretty great. MORE>>>
SEATTLE’S NEW RESTAURANT GRADING SYSTEM will boldly go where no restaurant grading system has gone before… eventually. MORE>>>
THE 2015 JAMES BEARD AWARD SEMIFINALISTS have been announced, and there’s someone surprising from Orcas Island in there. MORE>>>
SEATTLE’S FIRST CAT CAFE POP-UP HAPPENED, and it sounds like it was pretty weird. MORE>>>
FOOD AND DRINKING EVENTS, including a Chinese New Year dinner at the Corson Building, the Washington Beer Open House, the $2 I.D. Food Walk and a meat raffle, are available for your mouth. Enjoy! MORE>>>