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- To get a handle on what is happening at the in-progress 15th Ave E project The Wandering Goose, look to Ballard where in 2010 Ethan Stowell joined together with Renee Erickson to fill a 2,400 square-foot space. It’s just like Stowell’s Staple and Fancy and Erickson’s the Walrus and the Carpenter — except Stowell says he may not be doing it.
He’s not sure. It’s up in the air. Nothing is signed. But if you look past all those, you know, details, Stowell says 15th Ave E looks like a good home.
“We like the direction of going into interesting buildings where we can put forward a solid business in a location that will do well,” Stowell said.
Though Stowell still isn’t on the paperwork — “I think we’ll probably do it,” he said — Heather Earnhardt does have a lease for her part of the old gift shop space, The Wandering Goose. We first reported on her plans around The Wandering Goose in January and the sprawling project that also includes Caffe Vita’s Mike McConnell and Fuel/High 5’s Dani Cone. Earnhardt has posted a preview of what is to come on posters in the windows of the Goose’s future home:
Opening June 2012, The Wandering Goose will be brightening 15th Ave Easts’s mornings with freshly baked pastries and southern inspired breakfast/lunch fare. Keeping true to her North Carolina roots, Heather Earnhardt will bring a southern touch to this neighborhood of Capitol Hill.
[biscuits… cookies… layer cakes… breakfast… lunch… baking classes… cooking classes… retail foodstuffs, pimento mac& cheese, hushpuppies… bubble & squeak… grits & grillades… hangtown fry… Aunt Annie’s [Fried Chicken, Bread & Butter Pickles] biscuits… sauteed greens w/ potlikker… pimento cheese… The Big Trouble [Peanut Butter Bacon Banana Biscuit]… crock pot grits… country pan sausage… biscuits!… country ham… sawmill gravy… sausage gravy… chow-chow… oh, and biscuits!]
With the caveats above, Stowell has a plan for his part of the space, too. After his recent interview in Montreal shed significant light on some of his next steps here in Seattle, Stowell told us, yes, if he ends up part of the 15th Ave E project, his contribution will be the “classic Roman-style trattoria” he talked about. “We’ll serve things like braised artichokes, a mozzarella bar, stewed oxtail, really classic Roman pastas,” Stowell is quoted as saying.
“If we do it, it will be an Ethan Stowell [restaurant] not a Grub Brothers restaurant,” Stowell said referencing his “fast casual” project.
So, it will be, what? Slow and serious? “The idea is to be more sit down with a full bar program and a more involved menu,” he said. “There will be some viewing between the two spaces, some cross marketing, some crossing over of energy.”
“It’s two restaurants in one space,” Stowell said. “We have no association together at all. We know each other. We want to be neighbors to each other.”
As much as things are still in the air, as the buildout of the space is already underway, Stowell also said he thinks 15th Ave E will make a good home. “We like the location. We like the space. The building is a really cool old building.”
Now Stowell just needs to sign the lease.
- We’ll have coverage of Monday’s public hearing on extended service in front of the Washington Liquor Control Board soon but, in meantime, some of our favorite moments: Speaker warning board that Washington is on way to becoming most deregulated state in nation when it comes to liquor, speaker warning board that people will use “social media” to discover which bars are serving late and a real-life bartender explaining to board about the problem with the last call binge. Board says not to expect a decision on whether cities will be able to petition for longer service hours until early May.
- Speaking of booze, we wrote about Capitol Hill’s Oola taking its fate in its own hands with its start of self-distribution. Another craft distillery on the Hill says it is taking a different path for distribution. Sun Liquor’s Andrea Chapman sent along the following:
Just wanted to let you know that we have just finalized an agreement with Andrew Bohrer and the team at Vinum Importing and Distribution, LLC! They will distribute Sun Liquor Mfg spirits for us in the Washington & Oregon markets. Thank you so much for following our progress and supporting Cap Hill small businesses!
Sun is also planning a whiskey class later this month.
- Looks like Ba Bar has a plan to overhaul its cocktail strategy following recent drama:
- Broadway Cafe is back from vacation:
- Want to buy a Capitol Hill state liquor store? How about a wine shop?
- Vita and Via Trib take their act to NYC.
- Don’t know what it means to serve a “Most Life-Changing” burger but Dick’s wins. Oh, it means Dick’s is a social media machine.
- Cherry Street is hiring baristas for its new Seattle University location.
- New CSA will mix local produce, goods from Melrose Market.
- You can also now enjoy happy hour at Bar Ferdinand.
- Just in time for St. Patrick’s, meat and potatoes at the Lookout. “I’m a curvy Irish girl, and, as such, I tend to stay away from carbs after 8:00p.m…”
- BottleNeck turned 5 Friday night.
- This year, the Broadway farmers market, next year? Brick and mortar, perhaps. Details on Juice Box.
- In one of the more fascinating recent Seattle food journalism interviews, Crosscut talks to the couple behind Chino’s and, well, you read it:
“We’re feeling a little lost in the sauce right now,” Mari, 29, said. “We’ve had to start in square one with everything … In all ways, we are out of our league. Look around us. You have Café Vita, Quinn’s, the Unicorn, Poquitos. They’re all very established, with tried and true business models. It can be a little demoralizing being next to them sometimes, especially when you see they’re always packed.”
Crosscut goes on to give restaurants like Revel and Paquitos, um, credit for their “pasteurization” of street food.
- Mod Pizza gets pizza trade press for new kid-sized offering: “The item was created to appeal to kids and adults with smaller appetites.”
- Craigslisting so you don’t have to. Links will expire so click early. All of these restaurants are still operating even with landlords on the hunt for new tenants looming in the background. Pho Tai space still for lease. Same goes for Tacos Guaymas. And Ballet.
- We invited CHS commenters to offer constructive feedback to their favorite Capitol Hill restaurants and bars. Here is what they said.
- This week’s food porn from the CHS Flickr pool:
This week’s CHS food+drink advertiser directory