Some big-name bars and restaurants are either relocating or expanding around Puget Sound. Find out who they are.
Bai Tong moves into the old Boom Noodle spot on Capitol Hill. This local Thai chain runs three family-oriented restaurants in Tukwila, Redmond and Issaquah. Its latest is more tailored for the young, barhopping crowd. There’s 27 small-plates and street-food noshes and a larger cocktail list. Some favorites from the other locations remain, like the crab fried rice and the garlic chicken.
Café Hitchcock expands to downtown Seattle in the ground floor of the Exchange Building, at 818 First Ave., with breakfast and lunch service for the office crowd. Dinner hours coming in May. For now, chef Brendan McGill runs breakfast from 7 a.m.- 11 a.m. with “grab-and-go” items like pastries and biscuit sandwiches. Lunch service runs from 11 .m.-3 p.m. with soups and sandwiches and fancy fare such as cassoulet and duck confit.
Bruce and Sara Naftaly now have a cocktail bar, Spirit in the Bottle, inside their Capitol Hill restaurant Marmite. Cocktail geeks will remember their last cocktail den, the acclaimed Sambar, inside Le Gourmand (closed 2012). The couple wants to bring the same Sambar charm to this Chophouse Row location.
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Katsu Burger also doubled its capacity to 2,000 square feet at its Georgetown location. Those giant Mt. Fuji burgers (see picture above) are a big hit, each 8-inches high, stacked with three deep-fried patties (pork, beef and chicken), three rich sauces, three cheeses (American, Pepper Jack and cheddar), bacon, pickles and other condiments, all topped with a fried egg. Katsu also has locations in Lynnwood, Bellevue and on Capitol Hill.
Ethan Stowell’s Ballard Pizza Co., Bramling Cross and Josh Henderson’s Great State Burger are some of the new concession stands at Safeco Field this season. List of new concession stands at the ball park here.
Wild Ginger in Bellevue has moved. It’s now across from Bellevue Square, south of Bellevue Arts Museum. The new space includes two private dining rooms in the back and a full bar in the front.
Art of the Table has moved into a bigger spot to take advantage of the large lounge area. Now there’s more bar snacks and craft cocktails. The chef’s tasting menu and a la carte menu will be featured every night. It’s located by Bar Charlie along the hip Stone Way North.
Sun Liquor has moved its distillery operations to a bigger facility behind the University Village. The question now is what happens to its two namesake bars on Capitol Hill. Michael Klebeck of Sun Liquor said he’s…