It’s going to be quite a thrill to see what Jen Doak (formerly of Agrodolce, Tilth) and Mike Whisenhunt (Revel, Joule) have done with the old Le Gourmand space in Ballard when Brimmer & Heeltap opens in its place later this month (or in December). The interiors are being renovated, they’re tearing out walls, and Bruce Naftaly’s Northwest-meets-French menu will be long gone, replaced with chef Whisenhunt’s modern take on pub food: pig’s trotter rillettes with apple kimchi, or curry noodles in a mussel bisque with pancetta and pickled fennel. I’ve got a strong feeling this place is going to impress. 425 NW Market St.; 206.420.2534; brimmerandheeltap.blogspot.com
U-Village Food Expansion
Five restaurants are opening in University Village in time for holiday shopping. Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream adds a sixth location, while Joey’s Kitchen, a Canadian chain of upscale casual restaurants adds a fourth Seattle-area locale. Din Tai Fung, where dumplings rule, adds a second Washington location, and folks can look forward to the first local outpost of Eureka! Burger, a southern California–based chain. Finally, Kurt Beecher Dammeier, owner of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Pasta & Co, will open Liam’s, where Northwest wines and comfort food will rule.