High 5 Pie on Capitol Hill.
In 2010, Seattle was abuzz with restaurant closings and openings, a result of the volatile economy. Capitol Hill was


Looking Back: Capitol Hill and Ballard Ruled the Restaurant Scene in 2010

High 5 Pie on Capitol Hill.
In 2010, Seattle was abuzz with restaurant closings and openings, a result of the volatile economy. Capitol Hill was the busiest of the neighborhoods, with a lengthy list of new pie shops, Thai restaurants, and bars, with closings to match. Ballard wasn't far behind, with its own extensive list of barbecue joints, bars, and Italian restaurants.

Following the jump, we have compiled an exhaustive and comprehensive list of all the openings and closings in the city and its surrounding areas in 2010, categorized by month and neighborhood. If you make it through the entire post, you are a foodie freak who deserves a free dinner at any restaurant of your choice.



The Blue Glass debuts "global comfort food" at 704 N.W. 65th St.

5 Corner Market Restaurant and Bar is up and running at 2200 N.W. Market St. In charge of the gastropub's kitchen is chef Sam Crannell, formerly of Quinn's and Oddfellows.


In Belltown, Wasabi Bistro is scheduled to reopen in February 2011. The popular sushi restaurant and bar, which was closed for several months of remodeling, will still be located at 2311 Second Ave.

Capitol Hill:

High 5 Pie opens shop on Friday, December 31. (If you're impatient, the public is welcome to a sneak peak the day prior!)

Hawaiian /Korean fusion truck Marination Mobile plans to open a permanent eatery==with an expanded menu--in the Harvard Market above QFC at 1401 Broadway Ave.

Samurai Noodle no. 3 will take over the former Bailey-Coy Books space at 414 Broadway Ave. E.

Bar and dance club Kurrent on 600 E. Pine has closed. A new tenant took over the space and plans to transform it into a restaurant. And a new karaoke bar called Rock Box opened. Expect Japanese-style karaoke with a full bar and private rooms for you to drink, eat, and, of course, sing.

Columbia City:

The beloved Roy's BBQ at 4903 1/2 Rainier Ave. S. served its last pulled-pork sandwich on Saturday, January 9. The owner cites the economy and "personal" reasons."


TosT at 513 N. 36th St. closes at the end of this year. The bar has been sold to new owners and undergoes remodeling soon.

Chefs Seif Cherchi and Rachel Yang of Joule opened their highly-anticipated restaurant and bar at 403 N. 36th St. Revel will feature Asian street food-inspired cuisine, while Quion will serve beer, wine, and Soju cocktails.


Dulces Latin Bistro at 1430 34th Ave. was replaced by a pizzeria at the end of January. Dulces' owners cite the economy as the main reason for closure, but plan to relocate to Capitol Hill.

Queen Anne:

California-based frozen yogurt chain Menchie's--adored by pop princesses like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Britney Spears--is scheduled to open its first Seattle store at 2101 Queen Anne Ave. N. "within the next week."

U District

The owner of Vashon Island's beloved watering hole The Hardware Store launched a restaurant at 5001 25th Ave. N.E. 50 North offers comfort food like fried chicken and burgers, much like what they're known for across the water.

West Seattle:

The biggest buzz is in West Seattle, where SeaMart at 16th S.W. Holden St. is in judicial foreclosure. Whether any of the businesses based in the business emerge unscathed remains to be seen. JoJo's Fine Espresso plans to stay open only "as long as supplies last," and Seattle's best burger place Zippy's might soon be rendered homeless.



The self-proclaimed Ballard Best BBQ is now grilling burgers, ribs, and more at the former Chai House space at 5463 Leary Ave. N.W.

Carnivores can soon finish off their meal with several beers, because the Ballard Avenue Pub is replacing children's boutique Mon Petit Shoe at 2236 N.W. Market St.

Foodie folks can visit gourmet cooking store Dish it up!, which just debuted its second location at 5320 Ballard Ave. N.W.

The minds behind Moshi Moshi are debuting a self-described dive bar called Harlow at 5200 Ballard Ave.


Din Tai Fung opened for business inside Lincoln Square at 700 Bellevue Way N.E. Jason Sheehan digs deeper into the dumpling craze here.

Capitol Hill:

Pau Hana Restaurant and Bar began serving Hawaiian food at 2355 10th Ave. E.

Ballard-based, East Coast-style sandwich business The Other Coast Cafe has added a second store at 721 E. Pike St.

Bakery-cafe chain Panera Bread opened its new store at 1620 Broadway Ave. on Tuesday.

Capitol Hill has yet another coffee shop to add to its collection: Arabica Lounge at 1550 E. Olive Way.

Central District

Tasha's Bistro Café at 2524 Beacon Ave. S. served its last breakfast.


Downtown dwellers and visitors can expect a high-end vegetarian restaurant, Kailash, in Rainier Square at 1333 Fifth Ave. by early spring.


A new micro-distillery called Fremont Mischief is opened at 132 N. Canal St.

Green Lake:

Green Lake is gaining Parisian-style eats at 7119 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., courtesy of the second installation of Queen Anne-based Cafe Bonjour.


Canada-based chain Mucho Burrito launched its first U.S. location at 3625 148th St. It marks the first of 50 locations planned for Washington.


Wallingford residents can expect Malaysian cuisine--curries, noodles, and other dishes inspired by food courts and street vendors in Southeast Asia--next month when Satay opens at 1711 N. 45th St.

West Seattle:

The Alki Bakery closed its namesake beachfront location at 2738 Alki Ave. S.W., citing lease issues. But customers can take solace in the fact that the bakery's locations in Georgetown and Kent are still in business.

The West Seattle Triangle will become home to an organic, vegan restaurant. The owners of University District-based Chaco Canyon Organic Café hope to open restaurant no. 2 by April of next year.



Casuelita's Caribbean Restaurant at 81 Vine St. is no more. The establishment served the only Bahamanian, Jamaican, and Puerto Rican cuisine in the neighborhood and SW ranked its potent fruit punch one of the best rum-infused summer beverages in the city.

The Crocodile lost its Via Tribunali to make more bar and performance space.

Capitol Hill:

MOD Pizza no. 4 is scheduled to be "coming soon." The company, which currently has locations in downtown, the U District, and Bellevue, has not yet revealed an address or opening date.

After much speculation, popular mobile truck Skillet Street Food has announced it will open a diner based in the Chloe Apartments building at 1408 E. Union St. by next year.

The super-popular Starbucks at 1600 E. Olive Way has reopened and is now serving beer and wine.

C.C. Attle's, previously at 1501 E. Madison St., is moving into the Cafe Metropolitan space at 1701 E. Olive Way. Here's hoping that they offer as awesome of a late night happy hour.

Also, Steve Han, owner of Umi Sake House and Kushibar in Belltown, has purchased a space at 1522 12th Ave.. It's yet to be reported what he plans to do with it, but we're taking a wild guess that it involves Japanese cuisine.

Central District

Watertown Coffee at 550 12th Ave. closed in October, according to Central District News.

Heavenly Pastry and Cake--actually best known for its awesome pretzels--closed its retail storefront at 2604 California Ave. S.W. It will however, continue to run its wholesale and catering operations.

Café Revo at 2940 S.W. Avalon Way is no more. The Italian restaurant's owners cite an unsuccessful attempt to find a buyer in the current economy.


Downtown, an upscale restaurant/nightclub is opening on the fourth floor of Pacific Place at 600 Pine St. Pink Restaurant & Ultra Lounge--which replaces the all-you-can-eat sushi buffet Todai--promises an Asian and Latin American-inspired menu, as well as live music, fashion shows, and more.


The Eastside scores some sweet treats. Cupcake Royale opened a Bellevue location--21 Bellevue Way N.E..

And yogurt chain Red Mango threw its debut bash at 16515 N.E. 74th St. in Redmond Town Center.


Residents will gain two restaurants attached to big names, come December: Quinn's owners Scott and Heather Staples are opening a restaurant called Uneeda Burger at 4302 Fremont Ave. N.

Madison Valley:

Popular farmers' market vendor Patty Pan Cafe has opened a new store at 2310 E. Madison St.

A new restaurant called The Conservatory is moving into the former Sostanza Trattoria space at 1927 43rd Ave. E.


Wheeler Street Kitchen is now serving sandwiches, soups, and salads at 3216 W. Wheeler St. Owner Greg Gambell was previously the chef at the Third Floor Fish Cafe in Kirkland


Residents up north may score the latest Dick's, but they will also lose their beloved grocery store Olson's Food Emporium at 13619 Mukilteo Speedway. The family-owned chain's last remaining location is expected to close by mid-November.

Queen Anne:

Emerald City Smoothie opened at 1845 Queen Anne Ave. N., according to Queen Anne View.

Coffee shop/children's center Twirl Café opened this weekend in the Sweetbrier building at 2111 Queen Anne Ave. N., according to Queen Anne View. Twirl offers all-natural, organic sandwiches and snacks, plus coffee. It also has a play area and toys for the tykes.

The beloved local noodle chain Than Brothers opened a new location on Mercer Street, according to Queen Anne View. This will mark the Than Brothers twelfth restaurant in the Seattle area.


Ravenna lost Himalayan Kitchen at 2255 N.E. 65th St.

South Side

South-side shoppers can expect to see bakery chain Panera Bread inside the Tacoma Mall. The store launched its new location in October.


The highly anticipated 23,000-square-foot superstore Wine World opened at 400 N.E. 45th St.



A few other notes: A Mexican grocery shop, Mendoza's Mexican Mercado has taken over the Sweet Spot Café location at 7811 Aurora Avenue.

And Meridian Market at 2201 North 56th Street in Wallingford has closed.


The Italian eatery Lombardi's is saying goodbye to its location at 2200 Northwest Market Street - closing after 23 years of business. It serves its last supper on Saturday, October 9.

My Ballard reports that the brothers behind Mr. Gyros in Greenwood opened a second location at the corner of 20th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 56th Street yesterday. Drunks, make note: they'll be slinging gyros and feta-loaded fries until 2 a.m. on weekends.

Capitol Hill

On Capitol Hill, vegetarian Thai eatery Wedgwood II is now open at 420 Broadway Avenue East. Also, new restaurant and bar Grim is taking over the former Grey Gallery & Lounge space at1512 11th Avenue.

Gyro Cafe at 109 15th Avenue East and a Hawaiian restaurant called Pau Hana at 2355 10th Avenue East. Also, The Local Vine - previously located in Belltown - openedat 1412 12th Avenue.

First Hill scored Italian bistro Primo (with free neighborhood delivery!) at 1106 8th Avenue on First Hill and a Jimmy John's at 1121 East Madison Street

A new Thai - Japanese restaurant called Pinto Thai Bistro and Sushi is now open at 408 Broadway Avenue East. And Boom Noodle is adding Tokyo Sweets, a walk-up crepe stand, inside its restaurant at 1121 East Pike Street in the coming months.

Central District

Over in the Central District, organic take-and-bake pie company Zaw Pizza is opening a location at 1137 34th Avenue.


Downtown, Matt's in the Market founder Matt Janke's eagerly anticipated new restaurant Lecosho is finally running at 89 University Street, overlooking Harbor Steps.

John's Wok on Spring & Western was, until a couple days ago, the closest convenience store to Seattle Weekly World Headquarters. But now, where overpriced bags of Doritos and hangover-curing breakfast sandwiches were once viewable, butcher paper and a "for lease" sign shroud John's street-level corpse.

East side

Over on the Eastside, Woodinville Whiskey opened for tours and tastings at 16110 Woodinville-Redmond Road Suite 3. Cheers.


Emerald City Beer Lab opened in the Old Rainier Brewery at 3100 Airport Way South. To celebrate the occasion, it will host a beer garden (with brats and live bands) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 25.

Green Lake

Residents gained a new Mexican restaurant and bar, Bandolero, at 2253 North 56th Street, formerly the Pour House and before that, the Luau Polynesian Lounge.


Greenwood residents got a coffee shop - pizza parlor pairing at 7402 and 7404 Greenwood Avenue North, courtesy of Caffe Vita.


A Neapolitan style pizzeria called Queen Margherita at 3111 W. McGraw also opened


A new food truck called Fusion on the Run has hit the streets of Seattle. You can find out when it's coming to your 'hood by following @fusionontherun on Twitter.

Greenwood residents will gain a Mediterranean restaurant, The Olive and Grape, at 8516 Greenwood Avenue tomorrow evening.


The owners of Vashon Island's beloved watering hole and eatery The Hardware Store are opening a restaurant called 50 North at 5001 25th Avenue Northeast.


In Wallingford, Satay, a Malaysian street food-inspired restaurant, is moving into the former Avila space at 1711 North 45th Street, come November.

My Wallingford reports that an East Coast-style hot dog eatery called - wait for it - Doggy Style Hot Dogs is expected to open at 4455 Stone Way North by month's end.

West Seattle

West Seattleites now have an all-American food joint called Highstrike Grill inside West Seattle Bowl at 4505 39th Avenue Southwest. The space used to be occupied by Terrace West Chinese Restaurant.

In West Seattle, Redline Music & Sports Bar at 4439 35th Avenue South closed.

White Center

White Center's Asian Bubble Tea at 9835 16th Avenue Southwest is closed - temporarily, at least. The Vietnamese deli - bubble tea establishment was shut down by the King County Public Health for "improper preparation and service of foods."

Queen Anne

Queen Anne residents also have a big name coming to their neighborhood: Patric Gabre-Kidan, co-founder of How to Cook a Wolf and Tavolata, is starting a modern American restaurant called The Book Bindery at 198 Nickerson Street.



In sandwiches: Ballard-based, East Coast-style sub shop The Other Coast Café hopes to expand to 721 East Pike Street on Capitol Hill.


Outside Seattle city limits in Burien, the third Grand Central Bakery (626 Southwest 152nd Street) opened.

Capitol Hill

La Bête is up and running in the former Chez Gaudy space at 1802 Bellevue Avenue. The menu features wok-cooked Dungeness crab, grilled fish, and more. Also on the Hill, a High 5 Pie shop is scheduled to open at 12th Avenue between Pike Street and Madison Street by year's end. Until then, you can pick up a pie at any Fuel Coffee location.

Sushi restaurant I Love Wasabi at 420 Broadway East will soon be replaced by a vegetarian Thai restaurant called Wedgwood II.

The former Ali Baba at 408 Broadway East will become Thai-Japanese fusion restaurant Pinto Thai.


Downtown, Tom Douglas debuted his newest venture at 2010 Western Avenue. Seatown Snackbar features a large bar, sandwiches, rotisserie meat and poultry platters, snacks like smoked sturgeon and poached duck egg, plus a menu section devoted entirely to crab.


Over in Greenwood: King Falafel Grill reopened at 8317 Greenwood Avenue North. Also, a new produce store is coming to 8211 Greenwood Avenue North this fall. Theo's Fresh Produce will feature goods from hundreds of local farms, plus plenty of Washington beer and wine.


Interbay residents can get a taste of New Orleans, starting tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Magnolia Voice.

A new food truck, Where Ya At Matt, will be selling homemade gumbo, po boys, red beans, and beignets at West Dravus Street and 16th Avenue West every Friday.

A restaurant called Wheeler Street Kitchen came to 3216 West Wheeler Street. Owner Greg Campbell was previously the chef at Third Floor Fish Cafe in Kirkland.

The Fighting Cock Roaster at 2809 Thorndyke Avenue in Magnolia has closed.

Maple Leaf

Greek restaurant Divine (7919 Roosevelt Way Northeast) in Maple Leaf has closed. Owner Vivian Peterson says business was slow, but she hopes to reopen in another location "someday."

Queen Anne

And lastly, for cappuccinos and croissants, keep an eye out for an upscale Parisian-style bakery, La Reve Bakery, which came to 1805 Queen Anne Avenue North.


Two taco trucks have added third installations to the city. In Ballard, a new at El Camión is in business in the Mud Bay parking lot at 5314 15th Avenue Northwest. And in Greenwood, Rancho Bravo has a trailer and eating space at the 76 gas station parking l

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