Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Peet's Coffee Founder Alfred Peet Dies

IN THE NEWS: The Oregonian reports that Alfred Peet, founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea -- the predecessor and inspiration for Seattle-based Starbucks -- died Aug. 29 at his Ashland, Ore. home at age 87. Peet opened the original Peet's store on the corner of Walnut and Vine in Berkeley, Calif. in 1966, and eventually added shops in Menlo Park, in Oakland and another in Berkeley across from the Claremont Hotel. Although he retired in 1983, Peet never fully gave up his passion in coffee. He continued to consult with coffee companies and was often known to drop by coffee stores and taste samples of coffee beans with its proprietors, his company said in a statement. oregonlive.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman does wine and tacos in the Yakima Valley, while John Metcalfe considers Saito's Japanese Cafe & Bar (2120 Second Ave., 728-1333, www.saitos-cafe.com) and Chris Kornelis blogs about a breakfast visit to Mitchelli's Restaurant (84 Yesler Way, Pioneer Square). seattleweekly.com ... The Seattle Times' Marc Ramirez features the Shanty Cafe, while Providence Cicero gives three stars in reviewing the Queen City Grill (2201 First Ave., Seattle; 206-443-0975, www.queencitygrill.com) and also visits Columbia City Bakery (4865 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; 206-723-6023). seattletimes.com ... The PI's Leslie Kelly reviews King Falafel Grill (8102 Greenwood Ave., 206-783-1445) and Matt's in the Market (206-467-7909, 94 Pike St., Suite 32, mattsinthemarket.com) and notes Angie Roberts (Flying Fish) has been named executive chef at BOKA (1010 First Ave.). seattlepi.com ... The Stranger's Paul Constant reviews Da Pino (4225 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, 206-356-8502), while Bethany Jean Clement considers Tap House Grill (1506 Sixth Ave, Seattle, 206-816-3314). thestranger.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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