So, I can't get full confirmation on all this, but it looks like the 1700 block of N. 45th St. in Wallingford is going to see three new businesses in the next few months.
First up, Capitol Hill Blog just reported that Fuel Coffee, the E. 19th Ave. cafe that just opened a second location in Montlake, is set to open a third this month at 1705 N. 45th St. (phone number: 634-2700). Adam, the barista at the original location whom I spoke to today, says that the Wallingford Fuel's opening party is this weekend and the official first day of business will be Monday, April 9. Lest you fear the Lladro-fication of Fuel, Adam says that owner Dani Cone has no other expansion plans. Yet.
The defunct Wonder Bar (1723 N. 45th St.), the "Euro-lounge with East Coast savvy" with a still-live website, will soon become Babalu, the Mambo Room. Wallingford local Brian Barr says that the construction seems to be over, the paper's off the windows, but the doors haven't reopened yet. Hint to the owners: Make sure not to call your new venture a "Euro-lounge with East Coast savvy."
Just across the street, at 1718, the flagging Mehak Indian Cuisine and Pizza upped and moved to Greenwood Avenue. In its place: Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine. Hint to Mehak: Perhaps, in your new location, you can actually combine your two talents and make Indian pizza. I have no hints for Jhanjay yet. Another veggie restaurant in Seattle is always a good idea.