Michael Teer, right, has opened Soul Wine next to Tom Douglas' new Serious Pie.
You've probably already heard that the second Serious Pie is opening soon in the rapidly expanding South Lake Union neighborhood. (It'll be high Pie time one week from today, with a dozen more seats than the first original venue.)
But here's a happy surprise: Michael Teer--the guy who owns Pike & Western at Pike Place Market--has opened Soul Wine in an adjacent space. The welcoming place, with its industrial-cool vibe, has a slick tasting bar. So while you wait for a table at Serious Pie, there are flights or glasses of wine to sip.
When I wandered by late last week, Tommy D offered a sneak peek at his next big venture, scheduled to launch in March. The working title of this ambitious effort is the Terry Avenue building project.
First of all, it's ginormous: a two-story turn-of-last-century brick building next to one of the Vulcan monoliths. The first floor's going to be an Italian restaurant with a display pasta kitchen and private dining rooms. Upstairs are wood floors, lots of windows, and a couple of skylights. It'll be home to a tavern and, in one corner, a tiny Tibetan dumpling cafe to be run by longtime Tom Douglas team player Dekyi.
After all that, do you think the titan of Seattle restaurants will chill? Not likely. He's at work on his next cookbook, this one focusing on desserts.