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Wednesday, 04/23/2014 10:00 AM
Elysian Bar opening downtown
Elysian Brewing is getting ready to expand into downtown, opening Elysian Bar as early as Friday (in extreme practice mode). Yesterday, CEO Joe Bisacca and head brewer Dick Cantwell gave me spin around the place, which is quickly coming together near the corner of 1st and Pike, just down the hill from their original brewery on 13th and Pike.
Monday, 04/21/2014 8:00 AM
Chefs favorite summer pleasures
Welcome to We Asked The Chefs, a recurring feature on Restaurant Insider that peers into the minds of some of Seattle's culinary rockstars.  Question: What is your favorite warm-weather pleasure?
Friday, 04/18/2014 10:00 AM
Flying Squirrel Pizza moving into Calamity Jane's
Keeping track of restaurant news can be a daunting task. Here's a round-up from the past week to help you manage. Got a question, hot tip or need a dining suggestion? Feel free to email me directly.  Openings
Wednesday, 04/16/2014 9:27 PM
Tom Douglas Oso fundraiser
The devastation in Oso is still a very real thing, and continues to be on the minds of the culinary community here in Seattle.
Tuesday, 04/15/2014 6:36 PM
John Howie new Bothell restaurant alehouse
Chef John Howie (Sport, Seastar, John Howie Steak) has another big restaurant coming to the eastside. This time, he's teaming up with his sommelier-turned-distiller Erik Liedholm to open Beardslee Alehouse and Wildwood Spirits in Bothell's Village at Beardslee Crossing complex. 
Monday, 04/14/2014 8:38 PM
cask conditioned beer Safeco Field
Even for non-beer geeks like myself, there is something very intriguing about the word "firkin." And now that I know what it actually means, and why it's such a cool new addition to Safeco Field, I need to share.
Monday, 04/14/2014 7:39 PM
Bar Cotto Easter brunches Seattle
The Easter bunny arrives on Sunday, and if you’re like a lot of folks, you haven’t given a second thought about making reservations for brunch. If going out to eat on holidays is your thing, here are some suggestions:
Friday, 04/11/2014 6:13 PM
farmers markets in seattle magazine
The tulips are blooming and there's talk of fresh spring vegetables, which means it must be time to start planning our farmers market visits. To help navigate you through the upcoming openings around town, we present this updated calendar of Puget Sound farmers markets on the verge (or at the beginning) of their 2014 seasons. Listed according to opening date, this guide spans Seattle, the eastside and the islands. 
Wednesday, 04/09/2014 11:00 AM
Chico Madrid to close on Capitol Hill
Chico Madrid, a favorite little Spanish cafe on Capitol Hill, is closing. Its last day is this Sunday (April 13). The announcement was made on its Facebook page:
Tuesday, 04/08/2014 10:05 PM
Marination ma kai water taxi seattle magazine
Marination Ma Kai looks a lot different inside. There's a few new touches, including soft lighting, splashes of orange and dark gray paint, counter seating that overlooks the water (best view in the house), and a surfboard hanging from the ceiling. It really looks amazing (said while typing from the bar). Co-owner Kamala Saxton says the new decor is just phase one: "We have murals and other stuff coming!"
Monday, 04/07/2014 9:00 AM
Panevino Corretto Seattle Magazine
Broadway’s Panevino has a few more nights of service before transitioning into Corretto (416 Broadway East), a coffee shop by day and an Italian trattoria featuring cocktails and handmade pastas by night.
Friday, 04/04/2014 7:39 PM
suger mountain bakeshop seattle magazine
Some sweet and sour news pertaining to desserts here in Seattle. First the sour: Sugar Mt. Bake Shop is no longer in the plans to be part of Kurt Dammeier’s smoked meats emporium, Max’s, slated to open in South Lake Union early next year. Dammeier needs the space for extra seating, so the bakeshop will have to find another home (SLU is the goal!). Also, nobody wants cakes that taste like a bonfire, am I right?
Wednesday, 04/02/2014 10:00 AM
Lower Queen Anne is getting itself a nice little new food and wine cluster by way of the Expo Building (118 Republican St.), next door to the Seattle Center.
Monday, 03/31/2014 11:00 AM
Another successful Taste Washington is in the books, with lucky attendees treated to some of the best wine in the state over
Saturday, 03/29/2014 11:00 AM
The guys behind Bastille and Von Trapp’s (and Stoneburner and Poquitos) have gotten behind a new vendor management tool called Tate’s List. As boring as they may sound to non-industry goers, it’s actually a pretty brilliant idea.