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October 31, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Fatburger has opened its first branch in Seattle, with a new restaurant and full bar in West Seattle at 2378 Alki Ave. S.W.
The California-based international chain — other recent store openings have been in Qatar and Istanbul — recently closed its Bellevue franchise (saying it was due to lease issues), but also has Washington outlets in Issaquah, Lynnwood, Redmond, Federal Way, and Spokane.
News of the Alki branch, which shares space with the wings-focused Buffalo Cafe, drew more than 150 comments when the West Seattle Blog first found it was in the works, with plenty along the lines of commenter #5, “OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!”
Early Yelpers, though, said the new place, which opened Monday, needs time to get settled.
April 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Some of the best croissants and pastries in the West are moving just a little bit east. The owner of Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle is about to open a second patisserie on Capitol Hill, complete with his incomparable twice-baked almond croissants and gorgeously crusty baguettes and the rest of what the Times once called a “bewitching array of freshly baked breads, glistening chocolates and pastries, from pretty pastel French macaroons to luscious lemon-filled tarts.”
The new shop in the East John Court development on 15th Avenue East (Capitol Hill Seattle looked into the tough logistics of the space) will have its own full production area, said Christopher Donka, general manager of the West Seattle Bakery Nouveau. Chocolate and candy production will probably move to Capitol Hill. “It’s climate-controlled, and that way we’ll be able to do (chocolates) year-round.” Sandwiches and cold-extraction coffee will be served, too — pizza is about the only West Seattle menu item they can’t offer on Capitol Hill, due to code restrictions.
Why Capitol Hill? (Why do so many cool places open on either Capitol Hill or Ballard? As one Hill business owner told me, show her a neighborhood that supports businesses like Ballard and Capitol Hill, and the businesses will come.)
“The demographics where we opened are pretty much spot on with what we have here. We’re close to a business district, we’re close to residential (areas),” Donka said.
Bakery Nouveau owner William Leaman, former head pastry chef and chocolatier for The Essential Baking Co., was captain of the gold-medal U.S. team in the 2005 World Cup of Baking. He found pretty much instant success when he opened his own storefront in 2006, where lines sometimes stretch far enough out the door that you’d practically expect them to stretch across the West Seattle Bridge. Look for the new location to open its doors in the next week or so after some final trial runs.
September 17, 2008 at 12:02 PM
After three years, West Seattle’s Blackbird Bistro is closing, and is doing so with class.
Owners Eric Cozens and Peter Morse are seeking jobs for their employees (contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org with leads or for resumes/references) and honoring Blackbird gift cards at their other space, Mission Latin Restaurant and Lounge (email them the 19-digit code on the back of the card with your name and address and they’ll replace it). They want to thank customers and employees, past and present, as they close one door and concentrate on expanding Mission.
“With mixed emotions we are announcing that Blackbird Bistro has been sold, and the last day of operation will be this Friday, Sept. 19.” they announced today. “We are excited for the new (currently confidential) concept to step in with fresh legs and take the space and the neighborhood to the next level.”
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