So much news to get to this week!
Cult nanobrewery Epic Ales's owner/brewer Cody Morris is planning a brewpub, and you can help him test his recipes. Get in line tomorrow morning at 10 (runs until 2pm) for a beer pairing breakfast: waffles with a Brass Monkey (beer and orange juice) and eggs, bacon and greens with a Red Eye (beer and tomato juice). Price is $13 for both or $8 for one breakfast, cash only.
Over in Ballard, where things have been relatively quiet, the Fat Hen is planning an October debut. Linnea and Massimo Gallo, who live in Ballard with their two kiddos, are planning a "neighborhood cafe serving rustic savory fare, homestyle sweets, good coffee, cold beer, and tasty wine," in the former A Caprice Kitchen space. Linnea told me they're, "busy tidying up our space on NW 70th to make it a pleasant and cheerful place for our neighbors to meet and eat."
Mount Baker is basically a restaurant desert, so south-enders are hoping for the best when A La Bonne Franquette opens next Friday, August 26th. The menu lists lots of French bistro classics, along with tartines on the bar menu.
Lastly, file it under GAH! Finally!: Our mayor has loosened the sidewalk dining rules. The old rule stated that outdoor seating had to be attached to the building (see: Cafe Campagne's almost impossibly tiny outdoor patio). Now restaurants can place tables closer to the curb (ie, on the other side of the sidewalk!) as long as they don't hinder the flow of foot traffic.
Will this newly liberal outdoor seating clause cause alfresco dust-ups among pedestrian passers-by and beseated Viogner sippers? Time will tell!