Some heavy news on the Hill this week but, still, a blog’s gotta eat, no? Tip us at email@example.com
- This is a story of reclamation. In the summer of 2007, the Green Papaya shut its doors and made way for a bar that could never rise above its gloss, out-of-place-ness and backwards K. Kurrent
klosedclosed this fall. We’ve reported on a mysterious “Indochine Kitchen” listed on the paperwork for what would eventually fill the space at Belmont and Pine. Now we’ve learned the details of KiKi Tap & Eatery, a new restaurant backed by five partners including the people behind the Green Papaya. We talked with partner Mike Nguyen about the plans for the new venture and reclaiming the Pine St. corner.
“The previous place seemed to be out of place in the Capitol Hill community,” Nguyen tells CHS. “We’ve really toned it down to make it more rustic, more cozy.” You can follow KiKi’s construction progress via Facebook.
As for the food and drink, Nguyen says to expect affordable small plates with an emphasis on Vietnamese fusion and a few American classics, plus 16 beers on tap. “We’re going to provide a fun experience and fantastic food,” Nguyen said. He expects a soft opening in a few weeks with a grand opening not long after.
- East Pike’s mostly completed Sun Liquor Distillery can tide you over in the meantime. The first in the new wave of craft distilleries to hit the Hill will open this Friday, according to Sun’s Facebook page. Check out Seattle Met’s lovely pictures of the gorgeous new space here. Cheers and congrats.
- More openings: 12th Ave Italian-styled bar Varro has set a date. The Eltana Bagels neighbor is targeting Monday, March 28th for its first customers.
- Closing: Word that a Capitol Hill coffee shop is throwing in the barista towel. Tomorrow. Working to confirm. Go hug your favorite latte slinger.
- New north Broadway lounge Kanape has applied to add sidewalk seating.
- Seattle Times loves SugarPill.
- You may have missed the biggest food and drink news of the weekend. CHS advertiser AutoBattery is adding skee ball.
- We’re also teaming up with CHS advertiser Monsoon for a CHS neighbor night at their March 21st crab dinner: a two-pound crab for $28 plus a special 30%-off wine deal for CHS neighbors. Suck it, Groupon. We asked Eric Banh if he was up for trying something new on the site and, as typical, he signed up for the fun. Monsoon will also be giving 5% of the night’s proceeds to the Capitol Hill Community Council. Depending on how things go, we’ll try to do more events like this through the summer.