Although the pandemic-related labor shortage and supply chain clogs haven’t really gone away, Seattle is booming again with the opening of hot restaurants. Just last month, Sea Wolf Bakers opened its highly anticipated baking store in Montlake, Boca Argentine Bakery and Pizzeria began serving South American pastries and pizza on Capitol Hill, and opened an immersive sci-fi bar from owner Stampede Cocktail Club in Fremont.
Restaurant opening dates are still being pushed back (it’s not clear at this point when or if Shota Nakajima’s Cle Elum teriyaki will open, and Helen’s Central District restaurant likely will open in the fall rather than this summer). But the summer of 2022 in Seattle will be full of restaurant openings anyway, including a brick-and-mortar restaurant by one of the city’s hottest pop-ups, the location of Los Angeles’ favorite Korean barbecue chain, and Bellevue sushi bar by Star Apprentice The Godfather of Sushi. Seattle Shiro Keshiba.
When: late summer
What: Hamdi has wowed the Seattle food community during the pandemic with the best Turkish food the city has ever seen: hand-chopped lamb kebabs without a hint of saliva, earthy sandwiches filled with guts and sweet bread, and whole lambs smeared with thyme and roasted. Over applewood, served with lavash. The queues for pop-ups, which are usually kept in breweries around town, were always long, and food was always sold out. But owners Berk Güldal and Katrina Schult both have backgrounds in three-Michelin-star restaurants, and have been unable to showcase their service skills and pairings of drinks in the pop-ups. The couple plans to open a full-service restaurant in Fremont or Ballard by the end of summer, where they will dine on Turkish ceramics and pair it with wines and Turkish cocktails made with ingredients from their recent trip to Goldal’s home country. country. Roasting whole lamb will continue to be a specialty, and kebabs will continue to be the signature dish.
Baekjong Korean BBQ
What: A Korean barbecue chain hailed as the best KBBQ in Los Angeles is coming to Lynnwood’s Alderwood Mall next month. Baekjeong was founded by a Korean professional wrestler in 2003 and was brought to Los Angeles in 2012 by Michael Chun and Kajong Hospitality Group. Los Angeles Times legendary food writer Jonathan Gould included the restaurant a decade later in its 101 Best Competitive Restaurants list. Lynnwood’s restaurant will be the first in the brand’s history to have a larger menu, which includes new brunch and bar menus, but will continue to use only USDA-grade meat and better, with customer preferences like short ribs and pork.
Sushi spot Bellevue from a star student of Shiro Kashba
When: Late July or early August
The event: A sushi bar from John Takai, star apprentice to Seattle’s sushi godfather Shiro Kashiba, opens a sushi restaurant in downtown Bellevue. Ed Kushiba, Shiro’s son, helps run operations. Takai moved from Tokyo to train with Kashiba just over ten years ago and has previously made sushi at the popular Bellevue location at I Love Sushi. Ed says the menu will focus on Edomae-style sushi, omakase, and small plates using seasonal ingredients, something like what Shiro serves at Pike Place, Sushi Kashiba. There will be around 40 seats, with a 10-seat omakase counter and a six-seat bar where diners can sample upscale Japanese whiskey. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of Apartment One88 on Bellevue Road
When: Late August or early September
What: Detroit Moto-style pizza, whose West Seattle store is selling out pre-orders for pizza months ahead, is opening a second location in Beltown. The new restaurant on the former site of Rene Ericson’s Boat Street Café will expand production with a highly automated pizza-making process – a tricky hub away from the hand-mixed dough and 100-year-old sourdough that became owners Lee Kendall and Nancy Gambin. known b. The new store will sell classic Moto flavors like clams and crab-covered pizza as well as some new flavors. Vertical hydroponics will add greenery to the space and supply the pizzeria with the cutest watercress from a few meters away.
When: The biggest mystery in the Seattle food scene
What: The couple behind Terra Plata, Chef Tamara Murphy and Linda Di Lello Morton, work at a second restaurant in Columbia City, which will focus on Peruvian cuisine. Although it’s unclear if the restaurant will open this summer or later in the year (Murphy says she’s dealing with staffing issues), this will likely be the most anticipated opening in Seattle this year and will bring some respect to the neighborhood soon. in the food scene. Murphy, who became a Seattle legend for 11 years at the Spanish-influenced Prasa, hasn’t opened a new restaurant since Terra Plata debuted more than ten years ago. Details about what the project will look like are still murky, but the food will certainly be exceptional.