Ballard residents, loosen your belts. You have plenty of new eating and drinking opportunities coming your way. The Noble Fir (5316 Ballard Ave. NW) opened yesterday. The tavern serves beer, wine, hard cider, and cheese-meat plates. D'Ambrosio Gelato, on the same street, hopes to open its doors tomorrow. Chef Renee Erickson of Boat Street Café plans to open a restaurant called The Walrus and the Carpenter (4743 Ballard Avenue NW ) in the Kolstrand Building, specializing in house-smoked fish, oysters, clams, mussels, and more, come July. Ethan Stowell will open his fifth restaurant, Staple & Fancy, right next door that month. (Stowell fans, make note; he is selling Union and its last day of business is this Saturday.)
In South Lake Union, seafood restaurant favorite Flying Fish (300 Westlake Avenue N.) will re-open for business on Friday, May 28 . It will start serving lunch the following Monday.
The Eastside scored a pub at the base of Bellevue Towers last weekend. Lot No. 3 (460 106th Ave.) focuses on beer, brown liquors, and pub fare like peanut butter-bacon-jelly sandwiches, hot dogs, and soft pretzels.
Lastly, Pioneer Square's beloved East Coast-style sandwich shop Tat's Deli (115 Occidental Ave.) has postponed its move to a larger space (157 Yesler Way). The opening date is now tentatively set for June 4.