Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Kurrent to Take Over Green Papaya Spot

IN THE NEWS: The Seattle Times' Providence Cicero awards two and a half stars in her review of Volunteer Park Cafe & Marketplace (1501 17th Ave. E., Seattle, www.alwaysfreshgoodness.com), while Tan Vinh considers Salvadoran spot Mi Chalateca (9710 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle). ... The paper reports the scheduled July 21 opening of Kurrent Restaurant and Ice Bar (600 E. Pine St., kurrentseattle.com). The new Capitol Hill eatery is taking over The Green Papaya's spot along the Pike/Pine corridor and will feature a 50-foot ice bar, live DJs after dark and a seafood-heavy menu for lunch and dinner and late-night bites, with flavors from around the globe crafted by executive chef Matt Baer (formerly of Marco's Supperclub, Salty's on Alki Beach, Seattle's World Trade Center and Bell Harbor Conference Center). seattletimes.com ... The PI's Kristin Dizon reviews T & T Seafood Restaurant (22511 Highway 99, Edmonds), while Kristen Bolt considers Columbia City's Verve. ... Leslie Kelly notes the upcoming openings of: Heathman of Portland is opening a new hotel this summer in Kirkland, its signature restaurant Trellis to be helmed by Brian Scheehser, formerly of the Hunt Club; The Local Vine (2520 Second Ave.) on July 5, featuring more than 80 wines by the glass and a menu developed with input from Jason Wilson of Crush; Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland's Seattle cafe/coffeehouse in late August. She also notes the recent openings of: Via Tribunali on Queen Anne, Jimmy's on First (1046 First Ave. S), Bimbo's Cantina (1013 E. Pike St.), Mae Ploy Thai (6421 15th Ave. N.W.), Calamity Jane's (5701 Airport Way S.), The Daily Grill (at 629 Pike St.), Pho Tai (1216 E. Pine St.) and the much-delayed reopening of Matt's in the Market (94 Pike St # 32). seattlepi.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews veggie Thai joints In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle House (1554 E. Olive Way) and Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine (1718 N. 45th St.), while the 13 Dollars column considers Cream Cheese Bagels & Sausages (corner of First and Washington), and Jess Thomson's Happy Hour drops by Barking Dog (705 N.W. 70th St.). ... Chris Kornelis blogs about eating the Alder-Planked Alaskan Salmon at The Brooklyn (1212 Second Ave.), while Kauffman blogs about dining at Rocking Wok Taiwanese Cuisine (4301 Interlake Ave N.), and Adriana Grant notes the June 27 opening of Saké Nomi (First Ave. and South Main Street). seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement reviews Betty (1507 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle), while Marti Jonjak stops by Buddha Bar (2222 Second Ave). thestranger.com ... Seattle magazine features Veraci pizza, veracipizza.com. seattlemag.com ... Starbucks Corp. said it's expanding the fare it serves for lunch at 4,400 of its U.S. locations, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. Nationally, the Seattle-based coffee giant said it's adding a tomato mozzarella salad and a corn and black bean salad topped by grilled chicken at its stores that currently offer lunch. Regional additions to the luncheon menu have also been made, including white chicken curry with couscous, albacore tuna penne, champagne pasta salad, bowtie pasta with goat cheese, and Asian sesame noodle salad. Starbucks also added a new raspberry mocha frappuccino blended coffee drink to its menu. Starbucks launched its lunches in a few test markets in 1998 and added more stores in 1999. Slightly less than half of the company's nearly 9,500 U.S. stores sell lunch.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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