The days and weeks following the 4th of July holiday have turned into busy ones for new Capitol Hill food and drink establishments. Not one but two new sushi places are suddenly open — and a third is on the way. These pictures of the new Octo Sushi on 12th Ave and the conveyor belt Genki Sushi in the Broadway Building give you an idea how things are starting for two of the players. Genki, budget focused, part of a chain and on the busier street, was packed. Indie Octo? Less so. But, hey, it’s only mid-July. Things just got, um, cooking. Here’s a rundown of July’s new restaurants and bars joining the scene on Capitol Hill.
- In addition to Octo, in the former Crave space, and Genki, in the Broadway Building, Pinto Thai will bring thai-sushi fusion to Broadway in the old Ali Baba space. Pinto’s Web site says they expect to open at 408 Broadway E in “early July.”
- Repeating our Melrose Market update from earlier this week, Homegrown Sandwiches is now fully operational and Matt Dillon’s oyster/wine counter Bar Ferdinand joins his already flourishing Sitka and Spruce. More info at http://www.eathomegrown.com/ and http://www.ferdinandthebar.com/, respectively.
- TidBit Bistro (CHS advertiser) has brought its palendromic offerings from the Hill’s northern reaches to the corner of Broadway and Union.
- Panevino Trattoria Bar sounds as if it is off to a good start on Broadway in the former home of the short-lived Zhivago’s.
- E. Pike welcomes late-night pizza pusher Big Mario’s to the mix starting this Thursday. Pizza until 4 AM. Party.
- Also Thursday: The Silver Cloud Inn celebrates the grand opening of Jimmy’s on Broadway at the corner of Broadway and Madison. Jimmy’s is the sequel to Jimmy’s on First, a sports focused classy place that caters to the stadium crowd. It replaces Cayenne, your favorite place you never went inside.
- Off Hill: Japanese crepes and gourmet sandwiches on First Hill