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- Bait Shop officially opened Monday night but CHS stopped by for the soft launch Sunday night to check out the cut of Linda Derschang’s new jib. We can tell you one thing for sure — it’s dark in there.
We’re told the lighting was designed by the same folks who handled the buildout on Davy Jones’ locker (yes, the one from the Monkees). If you feel around a little, you can find fish and chips, fried chicken sandwiches and giant fried pork rinds littering the Bait Shop sea floor. The mermaids and mermen on staff will probably deep fry your beer if you ask. For those watching their weight, CHS recommends sticking to the output of the frozen drink machines for your dinner. OK, you can also have the pretty damn delicious french fries.
Despite the undersea feel, you can’t really call the new Bait Shop a dive. We’re interested to see how Capito Hill residents in the intertidal zone decide to chart a course for north Broadway or to follow the current downhill to Linda’s. You can find the new joint at 606 Broadway E and open daily 4 PM to 2 AM. More info at baitshopseattle.com.
- OK. It’s not *that* dark. Photographers pretty much always think places are really dark.
- We’re sad to report that 23rd and Madison’s El Portal will close later this month. We told you aboutIgnacio Ventura’s cafe venture earlier this year. “We’ll be here until de end of the year!! Thanks to all of you, who were here from de beginning, it was a wonderful experience to serve you,” the @ElPortalCoffee account informed followers last week. The beans will live on but the cafe will — once again — shutter in what has been an extremely challenging space.
- Madison Valley also has some food+drink shutdown news. Old timer Rover’s announced it will be hanging up its hat come spring 2013…
After 25 years, Rover’s chapter is coming to an end in April.Kathy and I are very grateful for all of you who have supported and shared with us some of your most precious moments over the years. Words are hard to find to thank all of you for believing in our vision and for your constant appreciation of our craft, so we will start with a big “Merci”!
- … while prepared meals provider Dinosaur Takeout has announced it will be serving its final deliveries this month.
- On First Hill, Coffee Tree is happily percolating on 8th Ave around the corner from the new Polyclinic.
- Back on Capitol Hill, a challenging location also appears to have doomed Skelly and the Bean. The membership-driven restaurant will shutter on 10th Ave E later this month. Owner Zephyr Paquette declined to talk about the situation while she works out plans for what’s next and sorts out things with Skelly members.
- Breaking news: Crush is going shopping.
- Now open — for weeks actually — a real-life Capitol Hill marijuana bakery.
- Will a combination French cooking school and shop fly on E Pike?
- B&O has left the Hill and is ready to open in Ballard. Bauhaus won’t shutter until sometime in 2013 as it, too, starts a new life in Ballard. Both also are making plans to return to Capitol Hill.
- “After announcing my decision to pursue a career in the restaurant industry, my dad didn’t talk to me for three or four weeks.“
- “Crave Paved the Way for Skillet Diner” — Um, ok. Article isn’t really about that, though, no?
- Goodbye, B&O
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