Capitol Hill food + drink notes: Terra Plata this summer but first a spring of new openings

This week’s food and drink notes focus on what’s coming soon on the Hill plus a few random bits and pieces of news. Have something for us to look forward to? Send a mail to or let us know in the comments.

  • Maybe the biggest “coming soon” on the Hill continues to be Terra Plata. We documented the legal battle that delayed — and almost killed — the project. Tamara Murphy came out of the dust-up on top. We checked in with Murphy to find out how long we’ll have to wait for Terra Plata to take its place in the Melrose Market:

Our target date is early summer (provided a spaceship doesn’t land in our back kitchen;-) We have been waiting on the landlords “permission” to build.

Hopefully that is on its way. Once we have been given permission to hammer a nail….we have a 4 -5 month build out.

I am so looking forward to opening  Terra Plata and to begin cooking again.

  • Here’s one you don’t have to wait for. Cafe Kanape has opened in the 700 Broadway building. Here’s their Facebook page. They’re serving everything from lunch through lounge time with a menu of global salads, sweet and savory crepes and, of course, canapes. You missed their opening night music of “new age flamenco.” So did we.
  • A glimpse of Kanape’s menu

  • Also on Broadway, the news that Samurai Noodle is destined for part of the old Bailey Coy space stirred up Hill noodle lovers. A Samurai rep was not eager to pin down a target date but would say they are hoping to open the restaurant in May. “From our experience, construction never goes in time as we plan.” Too true.
  • Construction is still underway at Analog Coffee, the Summit Ave coffee bar that is seeking to keep things a little more pure and simple when it comes to supplying your caffeine experiences. Co-owner Danny Hanlon tells us that while the buildout continues, Analog has begun serving coffee from the front door of the shop at Summit and Thomas. Hanlon said you can stop by Monday through Saturday from 7 to 11 AM for a cup and to meet the Analog folks.
  • The Sun Liquor Distillery? We told you early 2011. Current target of February 26th still counts, no?

Coming soon bonus round (names are linked to our latest coverage):

Truffles, originally uploaded by LookatLao.

Now back to your regularly scheduled notes:

  • Elysian announced plans to build its new brewery in Georgetown.
  • Rumors of hard times at a longtime Broadway favorite. We’re doing what we can to find out more but this wouldn’t be a bad week to head out and support any of your local watering holes.
  • Ballet vs. Boom Noodle
  • We reported on some Capitol Hill community backlash to Dave Meinert’s 2011 Capitol Hill Block Party plan. He’s also facing some issues with neighbors down in Belltown who are fighting his effort to add outdoor seating to the 5 Point.
  • “I was at an Indian food restaurant called Poppy in Seattle and I got a little hysterical over it. They made pre-made selected plates. I think the highlight for me was an eggplant French fry with lavender honey.” — Jewel tells CNN about the last meal that made her cry.
  • “In Portland, the happy hour at Bluehour and breakfast at Tin Shed are both fantastic. In Seattle we always get breakfast at Glo’s on Capitol Hill. Jo Bar [sic] in Seattle is our favorite coffee spot but of course Stumptown coffee in the PNW is hard to top!” — Balmorhea’s Michael Muller
  • Osteria La Spiga is holding a party on February 9th to celebrate its stuzzicchini menu.
  • Capitol Hill’s Baguette Box makes this list of the best new sandwiches in America. Le Box is a CHS advertiser. Think we’ll also need to make a trip to Portland to examine this “The Maple” sandwich up close and personal.
  • Patty Pan Breakfast with CHS: This Friday, February 4th from 8 to 10 AM, we’ll be hanging out at 23rd and Madison’s Patty Pan. Stop by for some breakfast and to say hi. Coffee is on CHS. RSVP via Facebook here or just show up and surprise.
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3 thoughts on “Capitol Hill food + drink notes: Terra Plata this summer but first a spring of new openings

  1. What you need to know about Analog: it’s analog! No espresso, just French Press or single cup pour, the latter of which takes a couple minutes to do. The guys seem to know their coffee, and are really nice, and it’s awesome brew.

  2. Another reason to look forward to summer… a meal at Tamara’s new place. I’ve been missing Brasa’s bar and Tamara’s food :-)