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October 16, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Long-running Tangletown restaurant Eva to close

  Eva, one of the longest-running restaurants in Seattle’s Tangletown neighborhood, will close after 14 years. The surprising news from co-owners James Hondros and chef Amy McCray came less than a month after a three-star review in The Seattle Times. A Nepalese restaurant and bar will open in its place, possibly as early as…


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August 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Chef changes Aragona to ‘give people what they really crave’

Letting go is hard when you are relinquishing something you love. But once Jason Stratton gave voice to the idea of changing the Spanish-themed Aragona, the less-than-a-year-old downtown restaurant, to the Italian-focused Vespolina, coming to terms with the decision was surprisingly easier than he thought it would be. “The reception to Aragona was very mixed,”…


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April 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Biting Back: The Sloppy Cicero at Miller’s Guild

The Sloppy Cicero at Miller's Guild

The Sloppy Cicero at Miller’s Guild

Last May, a couple of La Mancha goats born at Mountain Lodge Farm in Eatonville were named “Providence” and “Cicero.” Not sure how the little fellows (or their mother, Cinnamon) felt about those exotic monikers–bestowed by the farm’s effervescent owner, Sherwin Ferguson — but I was tickled by the tribute.

To my list of namesakes, I can now add the “Sloppy Cicero,” a sandwich that recently appeared on the lunch menu at Jason Wilson’s restaurant Miller’s Guild in the wake of my 2.5-star review.


Comments | Topics: Miller's Guild, Providence Cicero, Sloppy Cicero

September 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Another Ethan Stowell restaurant, coming to a neighborhood near you?

Ethan Stowell used to be known for downtown dining. Remember upscale Union, his first “outstanding” urban restaurant? Tavolata, his second, still drawing customers nightly to Belltown? In the years since he grew from chef to major restaurateur, he’s branched up and down the scale from date-night spots to ballpark franks and pizza parlors, opening…


Comments | Topics: Ethan Stowell, mkt, Rebekah Denn

July 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Fill ‘er Up at Lynnwood’s Piggyback Deli

Three-week-old Piggyback Deli is housed in a most unlikely place: a gas station convenience store on the eastern edge of Lynnwood. The gas pumps aren’t quite working yet but Alderwood Food & Deli is open. It sells the typical sundries but–surprise!– where a tired array of fast food warming under heat lamps would normally be there’s a deli case filled with house-made sausages, hot dogs, bacon, porchetta, pastrami, paté and more. There’s also a real kitchen with a couple of chefs grilling those meats for made-to-order  sandwiches.

The well-stocked meat case at Piggyback Deli inside a Lynnwood gas station.

The well-stocked meat case at Piggyback Deli inside a Lynnwood gas station.


Piggyback’s proprietors are Michael Laroche and Nathan Thomas. Thomas was a chef for NOAA and cooked at sea for six years. Then he met a girl, fell in love and wanted to come ashore. Laroche, whose resume lists several Seattle restaurants, trained with an old-school German butcher in New York City, and worked with Miles James at Dot’s Delicatessen in Fremont. (Piggyback’s “Spicy Pork Sandwich” owes a debt to Dot’s.)


Together they’d been looking for investors and for a place where they could open a butcher shop and “do it right.” Piggyback Deli is, you might say, their hoof-in-the-door, though they had misgivings about the location.


Comments | Topics: Michael Laroche, Nathan Thomas, Piggyback Deli

December 12, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Ray’s chef Peter Birk now steering the ship at Harborside

I read with interest the November news that Portland-based McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants had been acquired by Houston-based Landry’s Restaurants and was set to be sold for a $132 million. But what held my interest even more, was the fact that Peter Birk had left his longtime post as executive chef at Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe to take the helm at McCormick & Schmick’s revitalized Harborside restaurant complex on Lake Union.

After 11 years at Ray’s on Shilshole Bay, chef Peter Birk has taken the helm at the revitalized Harborside at 1200 Westlake Avenue N. on Lake Union.

Truth? I had no idea the dual-story McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside, which made its debut in the waterfront AGC Building in 1996, had closed in August for a major makeover. But after I showed up last week for lunch at the new Harborside (now devoid of its McCormick & Schmick’s moniker), I thought, “Now that’s an improvement!”


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November 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Pearl guys to open Koral: a “New American Tavern” in Bellevue

Chef Bradley Dickinson called this week with news that he and his business partner Mikel Rogers, co-owners of downtown Bellevue’s popular Pearl Bar & Dining, are at it again. Their second venture, Koral, a casual “New American Tavern,” will soon be setting up shop where the Twisted Cork stands in the Hyatt Regency — a short walk from Pearl.

According to Dickinson, landlord Kemper Development flirted with “a couple national chains” before settling on a couple local guys. And those fellas are set to fill the restaurant-void left after the ever-revolving Twisted Cork was shuttered early last year. (More recently, the Hyatt has been using the space to provide breakfast to hotel guests, as well as drinks and appetizers come evening.)

Taking on the nearly 8000-square-foot slot at 900 Bellevue Way N.E. is a big deal: one Dickinson and Rogers have been considering for more than a year. Before nailing the lease, “We’ve remodeled the restaurant several times and we haven’t even opened it yet!” the chef said. “Trust me. That saved us money.” A major makeover will begin after Thanksgiving, with an opening date expected in February. Koral is slated to seat 100 in the bar and 170 in the dining room.

Separated at birth? The bar at Pearl (left), and at the original Twisted Cork (as seen in 2007, right) soon to be reincarnated as Koral. [Seattle Times/Mark Harrison]


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