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Matt Dillon, and the Food-Focused Reinvention of Pioneer Square

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Chef Matt Dillon outside the future Bar Sajor in Pioneer Square

I first heard rumblings about Matt Dillon (Sitka & Spruce, Corson Building) opening a bakery in Pioneer Square last spring. It was just rumor then, a word dropped by a friend we have in common. Sometimes food-world friends spill the beans on things. But I kept quiet, as Dillon hadn't finalized leases yet, and didn't want to comment. Read more »

"Sweet and Sexy" Shanik Opens Tonight!

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Meeru Dhalwala, owner of South Lake Union's about-to-open Shanik

If you've been mentally camping out in preparation for Shanik's opening (which was supposed to happen today!), well, hunker down for a few more days. We've been tracking this, the most exciting opening of the year for nearly a year. Now, we have to wait just a few more days for the place to launch. Read more »

Holiday Cooking & Cocktail Classes You Really Shouldn't Miss

Bruce Naftaly at Le Gourmand, where he's no longer cooking dinner but *is* teaching classes

There may be no better pre-holiday gift than a spot at Bruce Naftaly's (sure-to-sell-out-in-a-hot-minute!) cooking classes at Le Gourmand. In fact, several years ago I sent my parents to one of Naftaly's classes, and though I have yet to see demi-glace grace the old Austin table during a holiday dinner, George and Nancy sure enjoyed sipping wine and watching chef Naftaly's expert cooking, and then tasting the delicious meal he cooked for them. They still talk about it nearly ten years later. Read more »

Marx Foods Debuts Retail Store! Plus: Justin Marx Shares His Fave Food Finds

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Justin Marx and a few of his favorite eat

When I found out that Marx Foods, the online specialty food retailer that supplies restaurants like Alinea and recently caught the attention of Food & Wine magazine, would be opening a brick-and-mortar space, it piqued my interest. There's still plenty of demand for specialty food stores in Seattle, and Marx Foods, which opened yesterday, sounds distinctive. Read more »

Surprise: Mamnoon Opens Today!

The exterior of Capitol Hill's Mamnoon

The runner-up on my list of Fall's Most Exciting Restaurant Openings (second only to the craziness that will surely accompany the opening of Shanik on December 3rd), Mamnoon is opening in a converted warehouse across from the Melrose Market. And that opening is, November 20th! Read more »