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Hey, Wasn't That Restaurant Supposed to Open This Year?

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Dozens of restaurants opened this year, but a few notable restaurants which were supposed to go live by mid-2012 still haven't materialized. To complement our round-ups of new restaurants and retired restaurants, here's a list of the restaurants which didn't happen in 2012.

Restaurant: The Ballard Annex Oyster House

Concept: Nathan Opper and Zak Melang of Matador fame celebrated the opening of Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen by announcing the planned debut of a seafood restaurant housed in the former Thaiku. The pair promised an oyster bar, seafood smokers, lobster rolls and chowder.

Last announced opening date: Early November 2012

The backstory: "After opening two restaurants this year, we realized we needed to slow down, listen to ourselves and get things dialed in at Kickin' Boot and Southland before diving in to the seafood project," says Madeline Scarp of Opper Melang Restaurants. According to Scarp, the restaurant will feature "live Dungeness crab and Maine lobster tanks, steamed-to-order bisques and chowders, and--of course--plenty of oysters."

Mark your calendar for: March 2013

Restaurant: Copperworks Distilling Co. (OK, not a restaurant, but a craft distillery and tasting room.)

Concept: Jason Parker, the Kentuckian who served as Pike Brewing Company's first head brewer, this spring told Seattle Met he planned to produce all-malt whiskey and gin in a 6900 square-foot venue at Harbor Steps, potentially making Copperworks Seattle's most tourist-friendly distillery.

Last announced opening date: Fall 2012

The backstory: "It seems everything takes longer than I imagined it would," Parker e-mails. "You'd think I'd have learned, this being the sixth start-up I've been involved in. But I can assure you we will open." Parker says the opening has been held up partly by the licensing process.

Mark your calendar for: March 2013

Restaurant: Roux

Concept: Where Ya At Matt's Matthew Lewis thrilled his truck's fans when he unveiled plans to open a restaurant featuring Louisiana cuisine and a lively bar. In August, Lewis hired Mike Robertshaw to serve as chef.

Last announced opening date: September 2012

The backstory: "Roux is delayed," publicist Lorraine Goldberg confirms via e-mail. The homepage (and only publicly-accessible page) of Roux's website is devoted to a solicitation for community support; Backers who give $500 or more receive 25 percent of their investment back in gift cards.

Mark your calendar for: Early 2013

Restaurant: Henry's 1st Avenue Tavern

Concept: Restaurants Unlimited in June announced plans to locate an offshoot of Portland's popular Henry's 12th St. Tavern in SoDo. A Nation's Restaurant News story reporting the news described the original 500-seat restaurant as featuring a menu of '"globally inspired" pizzas, burgers, salads and entrees, and local beers. Gorgonzola Fries, waffle-cut fries with a Gorgonzola cream sauce, is a signature item."

Last announced opening date: Early September 2012

The backstory: Publicist Jamie Hinz didn't provide any details, but promised a press release next month.

Mark your calendar for: Spring 2013

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