8 Noteworthy Summer Restaurant Openings

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We’re in a familiar spring lull. Seems this time every year there’s a short stretch of anticipatory time just before several restaurants open, in time for high summer. This year there are several worth watching for, including a major Tom Douglas project and a hidden Ballard spot from Renee Erickson. Here’s what you need to know.


Westward: Josh Henderson’s (Skillet Diner) watefront, boat-up north Lake Union seafood spot with views and decks for days. On the menu: crab, either in a gratin with cavatelli and béchamel, or in a crazy-sounding crab Reuben with kombu sauerkraut, oysters on the half shell or baked with creamy lentils and lardo, peel-and-eat spot prawns, and much more. Plus a scratch cocktail and drink menu—hello, Micheladas!—worth checking out (details right here). Adjoining you’ll find Little Gull, a 15 seat oyster bar and handy-dandy grocery for all your boating needs—beer, wine and deli-type foods to-go.
Opening: July

RGBMarketRachel Marshall (that’s her smiling face just to the right) scored the lease on the iconic Post Alley corner space where Seattle’s Best Coffee lived for nearly 30 years before closing earlier this year. In July, she’ll open a kid-friendly soda shop showcasing her locally famous ginger beer. Of course local drinkers know that Rachel’s Ginger Beer stars in many a cocktail around town, most notably at Marshall’s own friendly Capitol Hill dive bar, Montana, where the sharp, tart ginger beer is mixed with fresh lime juice and vodka in her inestimableMoscow Mule, served on tap. At RGBMarket, folks will be able to hop on stools and sip one of the five seasonal ginger beer flavors (think blackberry, strawberry, apple, even beet, and note: even though it’s called beer, ginger beer is nonalcoholic) by day, or stop in for grownup drinks come nighttime.
Opening: July 14th

TanakaSan: The cornerstone of Tom Douglas’s 10,000 square foot Via6 project, collectively calledAssembly Hall, will be this Asian eatery named for TDR’s chef de cuisine, Eric Tanaka. There’ll be ramen, rice bowls, robata, sake slushies and more. (Though personally, I’m almost more excited about the breakfast hash bar that awaits at Assembly Coffee). Read all about it all right over here.
Opening: June
Stoneburner: Anchoring the new Hotel Ballard (more on that right here) will be this, chef Jason Stoneburner’s eponymous restaurant. Owners are James Weimann and Deming Maclise (PoquitosBastille, Von Trapps), so you know the interior will be decked out, and the bar’s being overseen by Eric Carlson (once of Moshi Moshi, now overseeing all Maclise-Weimann bar programs). Seasonally inspired pastas and pizzas are the main draw, along with plenty of farm-fresh veggies from the farmers market.
Opening: Mid-June
To find out the rest of the summer restaurant openings, make the jump over to Seattle Magazine.

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