Restaurant News: Brimmer Heeltap Coming Soon + a Slew of Openings

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!--paging_filter--pIt’s going to be quite a thrill to see what Jen Doak (formerly of Agrodolce, Tilth) and Mike Whisenhunt (Revel, Joule) have done with the old Le Gourmand space in Ballard when Brimmer Heeltap opens in its place later this month (or in December). The interiors are being renovated, they’re tearing out walls, and Bruce Naftaly’s Northwest-meets-French menu will be long gone, replaced with chef Whisenhunt’s modern take on pub food: pig’s trotter rillettes with apple kimchi, or curry noodles in a mussel bisque with pancetta and pickled fennel. I’ve got a strong feeling this place is going to impress. 425 NW Market St.; 206.420.2534; a href="http://www.brimmerandheeltap.blogspot.com" target="_blank"brimmerandheeltap.blogspot.com/abrstrongbrU-Village Food Expansion/strongbrFive restaurants are opening in University Village in time for holiday shopping. Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream adds a sixth location, while Joey’s Kitchen, a Canadian chain of upscale casual restaurants adds a fourth Seattle-area locale. Din Tai Fung, where dumplings rule, adds a second Washington location, and folks can look forward to the first local outpost of Eureka! Burger, a southern California–based chain. Finally, Kurt Beecher Dammeier, owner of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Pasta Co, will open Liam’s, where Northwest wines and comfort food will rule.brbr/p