Openings & Closings: The Bit Saloon Vanishes, Cortona Emerges"/>
'Tis the season for Halloween and there seems to be something brewing on top Queen Anne. Opal (2 Boston St.), which first opened as a culinary playground and then morphed into a more affordable world-fusion bistro, will be shutting its doors for good on Saturday, the Queen Anne View reports.
In Phinney neighborhood news, the cute Gaspare Ristorante and Bar (6705 Greenwood Ave N), located in a cottage-style house, has posted an ad up on Craigslist with hopes that someone will fall in love with its charm.The Weekly recently honored the Bit Saloon, one of Seattle's oldest bars, as the best place to get wasted and play ping-pong. But ping-pong players weren't enough to keep the saloon from closing down November 1, according to MyBallard.
In other Ballard news, the bright-green, minuscule Pauline Pastry (2315 NW Market St.) is shopping for a bigger location to accommodate patrons who wish to drink coffee or tea with their treats. MyBallard mentions that orders can still be placed online while the transition takes place, so customers won't be missing anything.
Central District News reports that a new BBQ joint is making progress in the neighborhood. The new restaurant will be at the 2500 block of Cherry Street and awaits a few more repairs that have delayed its October debut. The CD news blog has also caught wind of another coffeehouse opening up. Cortona (at the corner of 25th and Union), will serve crepes and waffles to accommodate its Herkimer coffee. Owner Will Little envisions the cafe to be a cultural meeting spot for locals, and he will even have a projector upstairs.
Only open for a span of three months, Pho Lotus (614 Broadway E.) has already turned off its lights. Capitol Hill Seattle reports that the pho stop was not a favorite of many, and its closing comes to no surprise.