- When Robin Wright announced she was closing 11th Ave’s Cafe Pettirosso to end 2011, the sad news was softened by peeps that the breakfast, lunch and etc. spot might be taken over by somebody from the Pettirosso family to keep the space connected to its past spirit. But word of a $100,000 overhaul being planned for the restaurant space in the 11th at E Pike building owned by artist Susan Singleton didn’t seem to bode well for a small cafe. Worry no more. Miki Sodos confirms that she and sister Yuki will be taking over the space with a reborn Cafe Pettirosso:
We are putting in a full bar and a larger kitchen. We will be having breakfast 7 days a week, and a larger selection of sweet and savory baked goods. Pies and scones and tarts…all sorts of goodies!! We will be still having a takeout counter, so people will still be able to get a fast breakfast and coffee to go.
We want to keep Pettirosso alive and are very excited to have this opportunity. Robin, the owner all these years is wanting to retire as owner, and we just didn’t want to see another beloved spot close down. Robin will be involved in the new spot, so expect to see her there as well!!
We are not partnering with any other restaurants, we currently own the Bang Bang Cafe in Belltown. My sister Yuki used to manage Pettirosso for years, and I bartended at the Cha Cha and Satellite. Both of us love Capitol Hill and hopefully we will be opening in early summer!!
CHS stopped by Pettirosso on its final day in its original form and Wright showed us the space in the back of the cafe the new Drome Design Studios-architected buildout will take advantage of. Look forward to a new, larger Pettirosso later this year.
- You saw our big news on what Heather Earnhardt, late of the great Volunteer Park Cafe, is up to next, right?
- Eater stops by St. John’s and updates us on the project taking over the old Rosebud space. Aiming for mid-February.
- Five Fish Bistro is open — and comfortably popular, it seems — on Broadway.
- We threw a little monkey wrench in the voting for the 2011 most important new Capitol Hill bars and restaurants.
- Hmmmm. “Why 12th Ave is now the epicenter of Seattle’s food & drink scene“
- 8oz Burger Seattle had to delay its planned public opening from Monday to Thursday of this week because of the snow. Maybe will have to move again?
- Bluebird will supply ice cream for 8oz’s shakes, by the way. Molly Moon’s has aligned with Lil’ Woody’s. Blue Moon, who is your ice cream ally?
- A good point about the state’s test for alcohol servers
- CHS told you last week that Neumos has a new lease and is building a new bar in its lower level. Their PR people sent along this sketch.
- “Stratton thus toys with highbrow-lowbrow expectations—slipping cubes of saffron gelee into an otherwise rustic bread soup, that kind of thing—in a way that food sophisticates will find thrilling.”
- “This is not minimalist, modernist, or chef-driven food. Rather, it is selfless, without ego, almost self-effacing in its refusal to show off fancy techniques or bizarre ingredients.”
- “The food is plenty accessible, never going over the wild edge of spices or pungency. (I could handle even hotter or stronger flavors, though I may be an outlier there.) The owners are delightful, and I’m only sorry they didn’t follow the pop-up concept with a similarly mod roving food truck or a sit-down restaurant (one may be in their future) so we could enjoy their food even more at length and more often.”
- Google is holding a cocktail party for a good cause this week at Pravda Studios
- Seattle Weekly less enthusiastic than others about Altura
- Here’s how The Pine Box is shaping up – we wrote about the project taking over the Chapel space here.
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