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December 16, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Benihana owner takes over Dot’s space in Fremont

The small Fremont storefront that used to be Dot’s — chef Miles James’ deli that didn’t survive its transformation into a bistro earlier this year — will house a new venture in 2015: a Japanese restaurant called Suga. The owner is Eriko Sugawara, who has owned the Benihana franchise downtown for 18 years. Suga, she says, is…

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Comments | Topics: Benihana, Dot's Charcuterie & BIstrot, Miles James

December 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Paseo to reopen; new owner plans no changes

Employees of Paseo, home of some of Seattle’s best and most beloved sandwiches, stand outside the locked restaurant Tuesday. Paseo has abruptly closed its doors. This location is at: 4225 Fremont Ave N Seattle, WA

Employees of Paseo, home of some of Seattle’s most beloved sandwiches, stand outside the locked restaurant last month after it closed when its owner filed for bankruptcy. A new owner is reopening it. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Sandwich lovers of Seattle, rejoice! Paseo is coming back, and quickly.

A federal judge approved the bankruptcy sale today, and the new owner, Ryan Santwire, said the beloved Fremont storefront will be reopening as soon as possible. And yes, he promises that the famously delicious, infamously messy Paseo sandwich will be just like you remember it.

“We got the people, we got the stuff,” Santwire said. “When it’s all said and done, it should be just opening the doors again.”

He plans zero changes. “People loved it the way it was,” he added.

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Comments | More in Food news, Restaurant Closures, Restaurants | Topics: Paseo, RockCreek, Ryan Santwire

December 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM

News you can eat: Manolin opens, A&J Meats closes, and more

At Manolin: smoked Arctic char, turnip, brown butter, and mustard, $9.

Brand-new Manolin is from alums of Renee Erickson’s restaurants, down Stone Way from The Whale Wins.

The week in Seattle food

By Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times Food Writer

BRAND-NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS:

Manolin's menu: Click to enlarge

Manolin’s menu: Click to enlarge

MANOLIN is brand-new in Wallingford/Fremont, down the street from The Whale Wins, and it looks great. Owner Rachel Johnson worked at the Whale, while other-owner Joe Sundberg comes from The Walrus and the Carpenter; Whale-and-Walrus owner Renee Erickson is having her company holiday party at Manolin, which is maybe the world’s best endorsement. See the opening menu at right. MORE > > >

LARK reopens tonight at 952 E. Seneca St., behind the Garage, just a few blocks from its original location. The new Lark joins Trove in the nascent multipartite-restaurant trend: It’s also got an oyster-and-other-raw-fish-and-aperitif-and-amaro bar called Bitter/Raw, with sandwiches-and-pie place Slab Sandwich + Pie coming soon, all from John Sundstrom. Much excitement surrounding this one… MORE > > >  and EVEN MORE > > >

CANTINA LEÑA is a downtown order-at-the-counter Mexican spot, with slushy-machine margaritas, tortillas made with masa ground on-site, and a 10-foot-long raised fire pit (for cooking, not for sitting around). In fact, it’s an all wood-fired kitchen, “no gas burners or electric ovens here.” Tom Douglas made it (of course). MORE > > >

HIMALAYAN SHERPA HOUSE is open in the former Eva space in Green Lake/Tangletown, serving Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan food made by Mt.-Everest-climbing chef Jangbu Sherpa. MORE > > >

KATSU BURGER — which reopened in Georgetown at the end of September, to fans’ huge relief — now has a second location in Bellevue, bringing the gigantic Mt. Fuji burger closer to Eastside mouths. MORE > > >

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Comments | More in Chefs, cocktails, Food news, New Restaurants, Restaurant Closures, Restaurants, Upcoming Events | Topics: A&J Meats, Bitter/Raw, Cantina Leña

November 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

News you can eat: Stateside opens, Lark closes (for a minute) and more

Courtesy of Stateside

Courtesy of Stateside

By Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times Food Writer

BRAND-NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS:

STATESIDE on Capitol Hill is the big-deal Seattle opening this week, due to the pedigree of chef/owner Eric Johnson: He worked at Daniel Boulud in New York, then opened Jean-Georges Vongerichten‘s Paris and Shanghai restaurants. While its descriptions aren’t especially elaborate, Stateside’s menu is probably what you’d call “elevated” French-Vietnamese, given Johnson’s background and the price point of small plates for $5 to $12, larger ones $18 to $24. Stateside is small — about 20 tables — and it has a pretty, understated tropical-colonial look. It’s located on Pike Street, right between Six Arms and Victrola. MORE > > >

AMARO BISTRO, from the owner of Pike Place Market’s Il Bistro, Nick Wiltz, opened Monday in Bothell. Amaro will serve Il Bistro’s “tried-and-true favorites,” but your favorite thing at Il Bistro might well be its bar—home to a host of great barkeeps over the years, including Murray Stenson—and so far, information about Amaro’s bar program is scant. (Presumably, it’ll have lots of amari.) MORE > > >

In.gredients — yes, that’s how it’s styled — from John Howie is now open on Microsoft’s Redmond campus, for those there who don’t want to journey to his Seastar or John Howie Steak in Bellevue. MORE > > >

LITTLE SHEEP MONGOLIAN HOT POT already had an outlet in Bellevue; now the slick international hot-pot chain is in Seattle’s ID. MORE > > >

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Comments | Topics: Amaro Bistro, Lark, Masala of India

November 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

So what’s Seattle’s best Thai restaurant?

Wiley Frank prepares pad thai at Little Uncle, at 1509 E. Madison Street, in Seattle Wa, January 20, 2012. Frank and his wife Poncharee Kounpungchart("PK") have a little Thai walk up stand selling great Thai street food. (Courtney Blethen Riffkin/ The Seattle Times)

Wiley Frank prepares pad Thai at the Little Uncle take-out shop on Capitol Hill in 2012. Frank and his wife, Poncharee Kounpungchart (“PK”), now also have a Little Uncle  sit-down lunch spot in Pioneer Square.  (Courtney Blethen Riffkin/ The Seattle Times)

By Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times food writer

Now that it’s been officially established that Thai food is more popular than pizza in Seattle — we’ve got twice as many Thai restaurant as Washington, D.C., three times as many as Denver, and four times as many as Boston, with one Thai restaurant in Seattle for every seven Thai residents — there’s no doubt that the debate about Seattle’s best Thai restaurant will be resurrected for the millionth time. Everyone’s got his or her favorite, and, this being the United States of America, we’ve got to determine, once and for all, which Seattle Thai restaurant wins the Seattle Thai Restaurant Super Bowl … or something. Right?!

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November 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

News you can eat: The Nov. 21 week in food

by Bethany Jean Clement Seattle Times Food Writer SPAGHETTI WESTERN is open on Capitol Hill, serving barbecue and, yes, spaghetti. Spaghetti Western is chef/owner Aleks Dimitrijevic’s revamp of his La Bête; he says it’s “a lot more fun,” and it’s definitely more down-home, with Western knickknacks, tin trays, and Sergio Leone–style movies playing on screens above the…

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Comments | Topics: Cherry Street Coffee House, Good Bar, Paseo

November 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Recipe for the Paseo sandwich at home: Make your own and let the healing begin

Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times A Paseo sandwich was enormous and attracted huge crowds over the course of its 21-year run in Seattle.

Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times
Paseo’s enormous sandwiches attracted huge crowds over the course of its 21-year run in Seattle.

By Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times Food Writer

No one had a chance to go to Paseo one last time—that’s what has made Seattle’s great sandwich trauma of 2014 so traumatic. Last week’s overnight shutdown, followed by Paseo’s declaration of bankruptcy, meant that nobody got to say goodbye, using even more napkins than usual to soak up their tears along with the mess from their very last bites of Paseo pork. (It might’ve been construed as a sign of trouble, but last month’s lawsuit in which some former employees alleged they hadn’t been paid overtime or allowed breaks — allegations Paseo denied — went unnoticed.)

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November 15, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Where to eat out on Thanksgiving

Plenty of restaurants in the Seattle area are scheduled to stay open on Thanksgiving. Some are serving standard menus, but most are planning all-out holiday feasts, from the roast goose at Bell + Whete to the vegan four-course option at Cafe Flora. While not all restaurants specify whether reservations are required, we’d advise getting them, and…

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November 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

With labor suit pending, Paseo’s mystery closure hard for fans to stomach

Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times Some folks will really miss Paseo’s famed sandwiches. Matthew Crane lights a candle and leaves a flower Tuesday in front of the shuttered Paseo’s restaurant in Fremont (the Ballard shop closed, too), under a sign saying it closed due to “unfortunate circumstances.”

Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times
Some folks will really miss Paseo’s famed sandwiches. Matthew Crane lights a candle and leaves a flower Tuesday in front of the shuttered Paseo restaurant in Fremont (the Ballard shop closed, too), under a sign saying it closed due to “unfortunate circumstances.”

By Alexa Vaughn

Seattle Times staff reporter

Jaws drop all the time outside the Fremont and Ballard locations of Paseo, ready to take big, sloppy bites out of some of Seattle’s best and most beloved sandwiches.

On Tuesday, customers’ jaws could only drop at the sight of a sign taped to the window of Paseo in Fremont: “Due to unfortunate circumstances, we are closing our doors,” the sign read. “We appreciate all the support and loyalty you have shown us over the years. We will miss you.”

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Comments | More in Food and Restaurant News, Food news, Restaurant Closures, Restaurants | Topics: Fremont, Paseo

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