More openings and closings: Fogon returns, ‘A Pizza’ bar you might have missed, and Capitol Hill now down one ramen joint

(Image: A Pizza Mart)

Monday’s update on a more unusual example of a papered over Capitol Hill food+drink window reminded us — and a few readers — of a few more updates to add to our roster of is it open/is it closed ponderings. Below, we’ve tallied a few more new places to check out and marked a passing or two we missed along the way.

  • Fogon is nearly ready to return to action after being shut down since a July kitchen fire. Neighborhood tipsters Blair and Richard report that the E Pine Mexican favorite hopes to reopen Friday if everything goes well with the inspector. Fogon missed its own August birthday — it debuted the corner of Pine and Belmont six years ago. UPDATE 9/13/2018: Co-owner Noel Cortez tells CHS it might take a few more days to get the doors reopened. He’s shooting for a Sunday opening and tells CHS a silver lining to the situation has been time to do more work around the restaurant like redoing floors and sanding tables. Though the staff and ownership have also had a bit of a break as contractors worked to repair a damaged exhaust fan and finish up other repairs from the fire, Cortez says they’re also ready to get back to work. “They’re a little board. And they’re ready to make some money.” Cortez says the closure caused Fogon to miss what has typically been a strong month of business but he’s also grateful to be reopening after what could have been a major fire. “It could have been worse,” Cortez said. The closure has also been a reminder of the support of the neighborhood for the popular restaurant. “They brought card over from across the street,” Cortez said. “It’s been great.”
  • 11th Ave’s A Pizza Mart has apparently been open for weeks. CHS first reported on the small Seattle chain of pizza dive bars coming to the neighborhood exactly one year ago. The new pizza joint celebrated an August opening in the Modera building, the six-story development Tetris-ed into a block of Pike/Pine between 10th and 11th Aves and Pike and Union. The company was founded way back in 1996 and operated its longtime Stewart location before a small wave of new openings including the University District, West Seattle, and First Hill.
  • Also quietly open is Dao Tai House with Chinese food — and boba tea — in the restaurant space next to Velocity Dance formerly occupied by Octo Sushi.
  • Capitol Hill is down a ramen shop. Tentenyu shuttered in its space on the Belmont side of the AVA Capitol Hill building earlier this summer. The expansion of a Kyoto-style ramen brand to Seattle didn’t take off here. After briefly reopening under local ownership, the shop has shuttered for good leaving an available restaurant space in the auto row preservation-boosted AVA development.
  • There’s more Thai within walking distance. “Street food”-styled Kin Dee is now open in new construction at 23rd and Madison.
  • Footprint Winea wine on tap concept replacing a beer on tap concept — has its liquor license and should be nearly ready to open at 1222 E Madison.
  • Also in possession of an approved liquor license is the new joint taking over the old Sun Liquor space on Summit. Congratulations, Sol Liquor.
  • Speaking of Sun, the old Sun distillery location on E Pike is starting its new life. Shhhhh. I-Miun Liu’s Chinese, Korean and more flavored East Trading Co. is quietly open.

Anything we missed? Let us know in comments.


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6 thoughts on “More openings and closings: Fogon returns, ‘A Pizza’ bar you might have missed, and Capitol Hill now down one ramen joint

  1. Tentenyu had the best ramen on Capital Hill, and I studied cooking in Japan for two years so don’t tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about. I was a regular there and, believe me, no where else. So much for anyone trying to do something the right way.

    • Problem with them is they were tucked away on a side street, poor signage, and no(?) advertising. Word of mouth is great, but it takes a long time and deep pockets to wait for customers. Good food brings people back. Good ads and great location brings people in. I don’t see any restaurant concept working there.

  2. I’ve eaten Ramen at Tentenyu a half-dozen times at most. The last time I went there, they lost their license to serve beer, which made me sad.

    The one time I went there for happy hour, they had an amazing deal: something like $10 pitcher of Sapporo.

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