Seattle's 8 Most-Anticipated Summer OpeningsBy Leslie Kelly
May 28, 2014
A slew of tasty new restaurants and bars will descend on Seattle this summer. Here are the 8 we're most excited about.
1. The place: Trove, 500 E. Pike St.
The gist: Revel and Joule chefs-owners Rachel Yang and her husband/business partner Seif Chichri (pictured above) will go big with Trove, an ambitious 4,000-sq.-ft. Korean barbecue/bakery/noodle shop/bar on Capitol Hill. Yang recently spent time in LA researching the venture: "We ate our way around Koreatown," she said, and the menus are starting to take shape. Diners will have the option to cook marinated meats on tabletop grills with cooks standing at the ready to guide them.
The drink: Full bar with signature cocktails and a lineup of inspired booze-free beverages.
ETA: Yang said the build-out has been a challenge due to the historic nature of the venue. So the opening date has been pushed back to some time in August.
2. The place: Intermezzo, 411 First Ave. S.
The gist: This is the small plates-serving restaurant and cocktail bar companion to elegant Pioneer Square longtimer Il Terrazzo Carmine. Owner Maria Smeraldo aims to connect with a new audience through the more casual fare chef Juan Vega is developing. So far, dishes include puff-pastry pizza with melty mozzarella and oven-roasted San Marzano tomatoes and the seared tuna you see pictured above.
The drinks: Updates on classic cocktails and an extensive Italian wine selection.
ETA: Early June.
3. The place: Taylor Shellfish, 410 Occidental Ave. S.
The gist: This seafood giant's third oyster bar is part of the growing tidal wave of interesting eateries that's making Pioneer Square a must-visit dining destination. This outpost will take full advantage of the historic building's charming brick walls and wood floors. Oyster shuckers will be front and center at the main bar. Besides bivalves on the half shell, the menu will feature steamers, Dungeness crab cocktails, mussels with frites and a huge oyster po’ boy.
Drinks: You'll be able to order from a full bar with an extensive array of local micros on tap and oyster-friendly wine selections.
ETA: Mid- to late July.
4. The place: Damn the Weather, 411 First Ave.
The gist: Not your average pub fare, this cool Pioneer Square watering hole's menu will include the beef-heart tartare with mustard oil, tea leaf "capers", egg and sourdough crackers that you see above as well as a snail sandwich with fiddlehead ferns, parsley butter, Pernod and mustard flowers.
Drinks: Rob Roy alum - and former member of Fleet Foxes - Bryn Lumsden is developing a clever cocktail program that will include a drink called Lazuli, made with blanco tequila, amaro, blueberry vinegar, lime and eucalyptus syrup.
ETA: Early to mid-June.
5. The place: Pizzeria Gabbiano, 240 Second Ave. S.
The gist: Mike Easton, Il Corvo's pasta maker extraordinaire, is giving pizza a whole new spin at this Pioneer Square spot. The kitchen will specialize in oblong, slightly puffy, Roman-style pies made with a natural sourdough yeast that's been fermented for at least 24 hours. Easton recently scored some Italian carbon steel sheet pans for the high-heat baking process. Follow the build-out on the restaurant's blog.
Drinks: Like the wine list at big sister Il Corvo, the emphasis here is on good deals, with a rotating selection of wines by the glass going for $5.
ETA: Late July.
6. The place: Bell + Whete, 200 Bell St.
The gist: We can picture the cast of Game of Thrones loving this way-retro restaurant, the coming-soon kid sister to Local 360. Here, the mission will be modern interpretations of Old World dishes such as pottage, a bread-y soup topped with pork knuckles. Expect the bold, gamey flavors of venison, boar and roasted fowl to come out of chef Forrest Brunton's kitchen in full force. There will be a nightly three-course meal for $30 in addition to the à la carte options.
Drinks: Cider lovers can raise a glass to the extensive international- and Northwest-centric selection, as well as local craft beers and wine. Signature cocktails will showcase a deep lineup of gin.
ETA: Some time in July.
7. The place: Restaurant Marron, 806 E. Roy St.
The gist: Husband and wife team Eric and Zarina Sakai - he's in the kitchen, she's front of the house - have revamped the Olivar space, pictured above. The menu focuses on modern French dishes with playful influences from their home state of Hawaii. On the opening menu, don't miss lamb with crispy bone marrow, turnips, fish sauce, maple and sherry vinegar caramel. There's also a broccoli and cabbage preparation finished with cashews, a cocoa nib-sweet Pedro Ximenez vinegar and foie gras emulsion. All meals are prix fixe with two- and three-course options available.
Drinks: It's wine only here. Options from around the world are selected to complement the cuisine.
ETA: The soft opening is set for June 8 with the official launch set for June 11.
8. The place: Good Bar, 240 Second Ave. S.
The gist: Marination Station's Kamala Sexton and Roz Edison are teaming up with husband-and-wife team Josh and Nancy Kelly for this cozy Pioneer Square pub specializing in savory snacks. Josh Kelly oversees the menu, which includes a big selection of cheese and charcuterie, roasted nuts and a "simple, honest sloppy joe."
Drinks: No craft cocktails, just the classics done right, along with 10 local beers on tap, a deep selection of bottles and a Washington state-focused wine list.
ETA: Some time in August.