Restaurant Openings, Closings & More

By: 
Julien Perry

Keeping track of restaurant news can be a daunting task. Here's a round-up from the past week to help you manage.

OPENINGS

Belltown
The owner of Local 360 is opening another restaurant in Belltown. This one will be called Bell + Whete (Middle English for “wheat”) and will be an homage to Old World dishes, like pottage with fried bread, roasted fowl, pork knuckles, ox, boar, venison, and other proteins. The kitchen will be led by Forrest Brunton, most recently the executive chef of Linda Derschang’s restaurants. Here are 10 more things to know.

Capitol Hill
Lark’s John Sundstrom is moving his 10-year old restaurant to a new project under way at the Central Agency Building just off Madison, next to IHOP. In addition to a larger space, Lark will be joined by two other restaurants Sundstrom is opening:Bitter/Raw and Slab Sandwich + Pie. Once the new Lark opens, the old Lark will close down and reopen as an event space in early 2015.

CLOSINGS

Bellevue
Cupcake Royale
 is moving out of its Swiss chalet (and former IHOP) in Bellevue next Wednesday, May 28, and to celebrate, CR’s head cupcake, Jody Hall, and her team will be throwing down some pancakes. From 7 a.m. to noon, come on over and enjoy what’s being billed as the Royale Grand Slam Special that includes (get your EpiPen ready): two cupcake batter pancakes, topping bar that includes buttercream and ice cream, and a tall espresso drink for $5. Cupcake Royale’s new location has yet to be announced.

Mt. Baker
Eater Seattle reports the shutter of Mt. Baker’s Relish Fine Foods, which has been serving sandwiches and prepared take-away meals for the past year-and-a-half. Relish’s last day was Thursday. 

Capitol Hill
After nearly two decades, Capitol Hill’s 611 Supreme has closed. On her Facebook page, owner Margaret Edwins said: "I want to express my deepest gratitude to all the incredible patrons and most importantly to all the staff that have walked through these doors." Supreme closed for good last weekend.

GOINGS-ON

Ballard/Capitol Hill 
For the third year in a row, Li'l Woody's will celebrate National Hamburger Day on Monday with FREE BURGERS at both locations (Cap Hill, Ballard) from 2-5 p.m. Fine print: hamburgers only — no salmon, chicken or veggie burgers; limit one per customer; toppings and add-ons cost extra. Get in line early! 

Speaking of free burgers, Dick’s Drive-In continues to honor its annual tradition ofgiving away burgers to 2014 graduates. From now through June 21, all Dick’s Drive-Ins are giving away free cheeseburgers and regular hamburgers to this year’s high school and college graduates wearing their cap and gown. 

Fremont
Roux has nixed its lunch program. You’ll have to get your Creole fix through their food truck sibling, Where Ya At Matt. However, staring next Tuesday, the Fremont restaurant is launching Power Hour (Happy Hour) Mon-Fri, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., when dinner starts. As a side note, Roux will be closed Monday (Memorial Day) for a staff picnic.

Green Lake
On Monday, June 2, 2014, Beth’s Café will kick-off a weeklong 60th Anniversary celebration featuring dirt-cheap 50s priced food, quirky contests and mid-century revelry. The venerable greasy spoon will be donating a portion of the day’s profits to Treehouse, a local nonprofit caring for foster children. On Saturday, June 7, Beth’s will throw a 50s-themed party to celebrate its birthday, where guests encouraged to show up in their best 50s getup. The party starts at 8:30 p.m. and there will be prizes for the best-dressed.

Prosser
Jackie Cross, the wife of Tom Douglas and his Farmer-in-Chief, is hosting three summer dinners at the couple’s 20-acre farm in Prosser. Along with farm manager Dev Patel, Cross will offer up a six-course dinner inspired by the season’s produce. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. with appetizers and bubbly outside, followed by a tour of the farm, wines, and “a few surprises.” The actual dinner will take place inside a beautiful farm house. The dinners take place on three Saturdays throughout the year: June 21, August 30 and October 25. Cost is $165 and each dinner is capped at 16 guests. For reservations contact amyr@tomdouglas.com.

Queen Anne 
Kraken Congee
is back after a two-month hiatus. On June 2, they’ll return to Grub on Queen Anne for another pop-up. Doors open at 5 p.m. and it’s first-come, first-served. No rezzies.

West Seattle
Fresh Bistro in West Seattle is celebrating its fifth birthday with a special flashback menu from its opening.  Now through June 5, guests will have the opportunity to order items from Fresh Bistro’s original menu. Guests will also receive a house made “s’mores” birthday treat.

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