The maturation of the Capitol Hill food and drink scene includes enough weapons of modern marketing that it is often difficult to sort the hype. Some new projects launch in a massive cloud of buzz and attention. While others, for whatever reason, appear more quietly.
The arrival of Spaghetti Western on Capitol Hill has thrown the buzz machine for a loop. On one hand, it’s only Aleks Dimitrijevich’s re-concept of an existing venue. On the other — and this would be the trigger hand, gunslinger — Spaghetti Western is the embodiment of the latest ideas from a restauranteur who created one of the most popular, no-gimmick restaurants on Capitol Hill only to crumple it up and start fresh with a concept so out in the tumbleweeds, some people still think it’s a joke.
“There’s definitely some ‘wink wink’ in it,” Dimitrijevich told CHS this week as he reopened on Bellevue Ave for the first time since shutting down La Bete earlier this year.
But, like his past creation, Dimitrijevich is all business when it comes to getting the details right of what he says is a streamlined, more manageable concept combing the classic duo of BBQ… and noodles. Dimitrijevich said his biggest issue approaching reopening was getting the serving trays, sauces and checkered paper to look authentic.
“It’s a traditional feel,” Dimitrijevich said.
CHS reported some of the “wink wink” details of Spaghetti Western here earlier this month with a menu of BBQ classics with sides like potato salad, slaw, braised greens, or chili and a selection of special spaghettis. To wet your whistle, there’s a greater emphasis on cocktails than before, shooter. You will also find some of the old classics like the pork rinds and burgers. And the layout hasn’t changed — it’s the same La Bete space, cowboyed up.
Capitol Hill food+drink notes
- Opening soon on Broadway where Galerias was destroyed by arson three years ago, Rooster’s Bar and Grill.
- Well, this explains the Hana ownership changes.
- The history of pho in Seattle!
- Chophouse Row — and Chop Shop Cafe and Kurt Farm Shop and Bar Ferd’nand II and Slate Coffee and Amandine — delayed until 2015. But Lark’s new home in the Central Agency building and the Starbucks roastery complex on Melrose are set to open in December.
- Stateside — also opening in December if it can keep its lazy workers on the job. Zhu Dang, too. CHS told you here about the Chinese restaurant project taking over a former E Olive Way nightclub. The Banhs, meanwhile, are telling people steakhouse 7 Beef will open in February.
- The Redwood is, indeed, doomed. As are we all.
- E Pine has a new coffee shop. Cherry Street — home of the US barista champ — is now open. And they have a lot of food choices, too.
- Manao Thai Street Eats has been open — Thudsuan Thai has joined it. CHS tells you a little about both, here.
- Every Saturday: Pixie Pop-up is a magical place sharing raw and baked treats from a 12th Ave doorway.
- Which Capitol Hill ventures made Seattle Times critic’s list of top new restaurants of 2014? Tallulah’s, opened in December 2013 (close enough!), and The Old Sage, opened in July 2013 (what?).
- Not a bad question: What’s new these days with Revolver? Answers here.
- Crumble & Flake had a special visitor.
- So did Hello Robin:
- King County health permits and fees will cost you more in 2015.
- Juicebox and Cafe Barjot are both now open for dinner.
- Happy fifth birthday to Po Dog. In 2009, CHS was there!
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