Restaurant Openings, Closings & More

Julien Perry

Keeping track of restaurant news can be a daunting task. Here's a round-up from the past week to help you manage.


Brunswick & Hunt, a new farm to neighborhood restaurant in Ballard, will be opening May 22. Longtime Seattle restauranteurs and brothers, Barry Rogel (DeLuxe Bar & Grill) and Scott Rogel (Athenian) are behind the project. Chef Jeffrey Davidson, formerly of Ray'sVios at Third Place, and Bastille, has come up with a menu of nose-to-tail cooking and small farm sustainable proteins. Here’s your first look at his menu.

Two restaurant groups are coming together to bring a massive new hangout to the Eastside. The brothers behind Cactus restaurants are partnering with the duo behind Von Trapp’s, BastillePoquitos and Stoneburner to open Tavern Hall in Bellevue Square this summer. Tavern Hall will offer 20 beers on tap, a cocktail program, and a menu best described as “upscale comfort food” dotted with things like wings, hearth-baked pretzels, hand-cut ahi nachos, flatbread and a killer Tavern Hall burger.

Capitol Hill
Molly Moon’s newest ice cream micro-shop is now open on 19th and Mercer on Captiol Hill. This new Molly Moon’s is serving scoops, sundaes, shakes and freshly made waffle cones out of a tiny 70-square foot corner inside Hello Robin cookies. Meanwhile, Molly Moon’s Madrona shop has officially switched to summer hours. The little walk-up window is open noon to 10 p.m. all summer.

The team behind Elysian Bar say they’ll officially open the new downtown brew hall on Monday. John Knowles, formerly of Elysian Fields, and Andrew Gribas, the former chef de cuisine of Volterra will be heading up the kitchen.  

Downtown/Pioneer Square 
The newest Top Pot Doughnuts is now open above Post Alley on the second level of The Post. This location has a pour-over coffee bar.

The Street Donuts trailer is going brick-and-mortar, taking over the Ampersand Coffee space in Greenwood, according to Eater Seattle. The place will serve wine and as much "local beer as possible" by the pint and take-home growler. A summer opening is the goal.  

Watershed  Pub & Kitchen, located in the Southwest most corner of the Thornton Place complex (10104 3rd Avenue NE) in Northgate, is getting ready to open. The locally-focused, sustainable-minded and family owned pub features an extensive pizza menu, along with sandwiches, salads, seasonal specials and a ton of rotating craft beers and spirits. Watershed Pub & Kitchen will hold its grand opening celebration May 9 — 11, with a live band playing each night and happy hour prices all weekend. 


Opened just this past December, Kaisho has suddenly closed its doors in Belleve. Eater Seattle reports that the downtown izakaya spot from the owners of Blue C and Boom Noodle will become an event space and test kitchen for Blue C.

Capitol Hill 
Olivar, the Spanish restaurant inside Capitol Hill’s beautiful Loveless Buiding, has served its last meal. Chef/owner Philippe Thomelin took to his Facebook page to say: “I cannot say enough how much I will miss my customers and the thrill of opening the restaurant everyday, this has been part of my life for the past 6 years. But every good thing has an end, and I'm looking forward to new experiences.” Next up for that space: a fine-dining concept called Restaurant Marron, which will focus on traditional classic French preparation, is slated to open in June.

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