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Capitol Hill food+drink | Montreal-inspired Resto debuts, Li’l Molly Moon’s does Ballard

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When last we spoke with the couple behind Montreal-inspired cafe project Resto, the duo  was hard at work overhauling the former home of the Thomas Street Bistro into a new, more open but still tiny restaurant space. On Monday, Johanna Robinson and Jang Cho opened the rebuilt space for its first day of business.

“Our doors are open,” Robinson said Tuesday as she and Cho enjoyed the midday halftime currently built into Resto’s limited opening schedule. And, to be accurate, the space is still so small it only has one door.

“It feels nice and open so it’s kind of a dinner theater situation,” Robinson said of the new set-up inside the tiny cafe.

8614711612_c06a60933f_bTo get their bearings, Resto is currently open on a weekday breakfast and dinner schedule — with no weekend service. You can stop by from 7 to 9:30 AM for breakfasts including dashi and eggs and toast. Dinner for their second night of business will include grilled razor clams with house chimchuri and mussels in miso cream broth.

The menu is tilted toward keeping prices low — to splurge, you’ll have to reach for the $24 tenderloin. Hours and the menu are a work in progress — expect changes as the business settles in to a location that should give them time enough to work it out. There’s also no web site or Facebook page to point you to yet.

[mappress mapid=”23″]Meanwhile, Hill residents from beyond the Summit Slope may be making more treks along the grade — Chico Madrid opened last week on Bellevue Ave.

The first night at Summit and Thomas went well enough, Robinson said.

“It was awesome,” Robinson said. “Just the right amount came in.”

She and Cho are ready for a busier week as word of the opening spreads along Summit Ave.

Food+Drink Notes:

  • Also now open on Capitol Hill: Cintli Latin Folklore adds its colors to Broadway.
  • Just face it. B&O is not coming back from Ballard.
  • The Capitol Hill-Ballard continuum is nearly complete, however. Coming soon: a new Li’l Woody’s/Molly Moon’s joint venture:

Two of Seattle’s favorite food addictions are moving into the space most recently occupied by Zak’s Burgers on Market Street in Ballard. Li’l Woody’s Burgers and Molly Moon’s Ice Cream will occupy the spot next to the Majestic Bay Theatre. Opening before Summer, this amazing food duo is a much anticipated addition to Ballard’s lively food scene.

Li’l Woody’s is currently located on Capital Hill, a hotspot for Hill regulars and visitors alike. Recently featured on the Travel Channel, Li’l Woody’s has received such accolades as winner of 2013’s Seattle Weekly Burger Battle; Seattle Magazine Best Burger (readers choice) 2012; and is a favorite spot for local artists and musicians (Macklemore, The Cave Singers) to create their own “signature burgers” (Heist Burger and People’s Burger, respectively). Ballard will be the second location for Li’l Woody’s.

“Ballard is just the perfect fit for a Li’l Woody’s,” says Marcus Lalario, owner of the award-winning burger place. “The unique combination of families and nightlife is the ideal spot for our delicious food– we are super excited to be a part of this neighborhood.”

Unique to the Ballard location, Molly Moon’s will also offer full-service ice cream on site. The ice cream queen currently scoops up Seattle’s favorite flavors in four neighborhoods – Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Madrona and Queen Anne.  Her locally sourced and seasonally rotating menu includes the ever-popular Salted Caramel, Melted Chocolate, and Scout Mint “always” flavors as well as monthly creations with northwest ingredients like Strawberry Rhubarb and Rainier Cherry Chunk.

“We’ve been getting emails from Ballard-ites for YEARS asking for a Molly Moon’s of their very own.,” said Moon, who also recently celebrated the birth of her baby girl.

    • No plans, yet, for a Ballard Canterbury — but Capitol Hill Housing is going all out for its plan to replace the venerable 15th Ave E bar.
    • Rachel Marshall, the power behind Rachel’s Ginger Beer and E Olive Way watering hole Montana, has chosen Pike Place Market for the home of her ginger beer bar.
    • You can help out the annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser by signing up to be an ambassador at a Capitol Hill restaurant.
    • Work on E PIke’s Capitol Hill Cider progresses. We updated you on the project last here.

      (Image: Capitol Hill Cider)

      (Image: Capitol Hill Cider)

    • Also opening soon, Lost Lake 24-hour diner. And they’re hiring. “End of April,” Facebook says.
    • Skillet Diner was closed… for work on a new patio. Patio season is upon us. CHS also saw a permit for Fogon to add seats at E Pine and Belmont.
    • No renovations here that we know about but from the “old news” file, open-every-day-in-its-life Liberty started serving its sushi for lunch earlier this year. You can stop by the bar during its daytime Liberty Espresso guise starting at 11:30 AM for rolls, etc. Open for coffee earlier than that, of course. Did we mention it’s been open every day since 2006?
    • Seattle’s first rum bar
    • Cafe Presse now offering deals on wine by the bottle on weeknights.
    • We’ve probably published an inordinate number of Canon photos in the weekly food+drink notes. But, good golly, even its cellar is photogenic.

      (Image: Canon)

      (Image: Canon)

    • E Olive Way’s Tommy Gun turns two on Friday. And a reminder that The Saint celebrates five years on Thursday. Shout out to CHS’s main mariachi man Paco Garay… El Mariachi!
    • Gosh, CHS maybe oughta finish its list of first-quarter Capitol Hill food and drink birthdays. Or shift attention to first-half edition?
    • Word is out on a Capitol Hill restauranteur’s new downtown project but Seattle’s foodie media is apparently waiting for the press release. Guess we will, too.
    • Personally, we’d use this dataset to pick the most interesting places to eat.
    • This is important. Regent Bakery wants to know: Do you want weekend dim sum brunch on Capitol Hill? The answer is yes, if you’re wondering.
    • A food and drink post with no food? Here’s some guess-where Capitol Hill pizza pie from the CHS Flickr Pool.

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