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Capitol Hill and West Seattle Gain -- and Lose -- the Most Restaurants in September

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Craving spam sliders? Marination Mobile opens a second location called Marination Ma Kai on Alki Beach this Saturday,
Here's your monthly roundup of Seattle's restaurant openings and closings.

First off, starting on the streets: Thai-Hawaiian fusion truck Pai's closes this Friday. Its owner is returning to his native Thailand for family reasons. Meanwhile, the city did score a new bakery-on-wheels called Seattle Biscuit Company a few weeks ago.

Beacon Hill residents now have a new neighborhood pub at 3315 Beacon Ave. S. Tippe and Drague Alehouse features 16 rotating local beers on tap. It also serves up a peanut butter - Nutella sandwich with bacon.

In Belltown, beloved Italian restaurant Bisato will close its doors on October 14. Just last month, Restaurant Magazine named Bisato as one of the 50 Best Emerging Italian Restaurants in the world, but Chef Scott Carsberg and his wife want to take a break and possibly write a book. The neighborhood did however, score Downtown Spirits at 2300 7th. Ave. The shop features spirits, wine, and beer and will expand to include a 7,000 square foot wine cellar later this year.

On Capitol Hill, residents are finally getting a 24-hour diner that's not IHOP at 1505 10th Ave. Run by David Meinert of 5 Point Cafe, the yet to-be-named establishment will be similar in style, serving big food portions and stiff drinks. Unfortunately, bar flys and night owls have a wait ahead of them. The diner won't be up and running until spring of 2013. In less upbeat news: Broadway Cafe at 1519 Broadway Ave. shuttered after 18 years of business. The popular Asian fusion restaurant's owner Nicole Toyoma, who is turning 73, was asked by her family to retire. Also in the neighborhood: Tacos Guaymas leaves the Harvard Market to make way for a Chipotle on October 1. Fans of its enormous wet burrito needn't worry -- Tacos Guaymas is simply moving a block away between Pike and Pine Street. Also, Menchie's is now open on Broadway this weekend.

Over in Madison Park, Park Place Deli at 4122 E. Madison St. has closed.

In South Lake Union, On the Fly at 950 Thomas St. closes at the end of this week after a two-year run. The location will be used for private events throughout the holiday season and return with a new concept next year. Less fortunate is longtime favorite Moka's Cafe at 329 Fairview Ave. N., which as closed after a nine-year run because the lot it's located on has been sold.

In West Seattle, the team behind Hawaiian-Korean cuisine truck Marination Mobile is opening a second location called Marination Ma Kai on Alki Beach this Saturday. Meanwhile, good news for White Center residents: Meander's Kitchen owner Miranda Krone has taken over the former Papa's Pub space at 9635 16th Ave. S.W. While that's still under development, Pica Border Grill is open for business at 4151 California S.W. Ave. The menu features food from "both sides of the border," including American staples like burgers and cheesesteak sandwiches and Mexican favorites like fish tacos and tortas. Lastly, Westcity Kitchen is taking over the former Bohemian space at 3405 California Ave. S.W. Running the restaurant will be the folks behind Bick's Broadview Grill and Saltoro in Greenwood.

And last but not least, some news outside Seattle city limits: On the Eastside, a second installment of Volterra is now up and running at at 121 Kirkland Ave. The beloved Ballard-based Italian restaurant serves Tuscan-inspired cuisine, including wild boar tenderloin, free-range veal chop, and an impressive selection of house-made pastas -- including gluten-free options. In Tukwila, BevMo! opened its third Washington store at 17197 Southcenter Pkwy. Described as a "candy store for adults," the 10,000 square foot store space features thousands of beers, spirits, wines, and bar accessories. And finally, the first legal distillery in Gig Harbor since prohibition opens this fall on 56th St. N.W. Heritage Distilling Company -- dubbed "HDC" -- will produce whiskey, gin, and vodka, as well as brandy. A grand opening is scheduled for November 3.

 
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