A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Gorditos reopens after fixing heavy damage from March 9 gas explosion

August 15th, 2016 by Doree

Gorditos Mexican restaurant has reopened after being heavily damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses around the corner, and damaged another 50.

The restaurant, at 213 N. 85th St., announced on its Facebook page Saturday morning that it was reopening that day, and crowds appeared brisk. KING 5 had a nice story that night.

Mr. Gyros, which was one of the businesses that was destroyed in the blast, is parking its food truck most afternoons and evenings in the now-empty lot on Greenwood Avenue North between North 84th and 85th streets.

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Now Make Me a Sandwich food truck opening restaurant in Greenwood

June 22nd, 2016 by Doree

The popular food truck Now Make Me a Sandwich is opening a brick-and-mortar location in Greenwood, at 8202 Greenwood Ave. N., where Kalbi Grill Express used to be (Kalbi closed late last fall because of an extended family emergency).


Now Make Me a Sandwich owner Ryan O’Toole, who lives in the area, tells me they plan to open sometime in September, with favorites from their current menu plus a few more choices. They will serve beer and wine, but it will be family-friendly.

The food truck will be open for business in their parking lot this Saturday during the Greenwood Car Show.

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New restaurants, pubs, bakery, gelato shop added to Food & Drink section

March 23rd, 2016 by Doree

We recently added about two dozen restaurants, pubs and other eateries to our Food & Drink section, including Coyle’s Bakeshop, Bill’s on Greenwood, Nutty Squirrel Gelato, Munch Cafe and The Cozy Nut Tavern.

Please let us know which ones we still need to add by emailing us at tips@phinneywood.com or leaving a comment below.

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Joli French/Italian restaurant opening in Lower Phinney/Ballard in the spring

January 7th, 2016 by Doree

Joli, a French/Italian restaurant coming to the corner of NW 65th Street and 7th Avenue NW, plans to open in the spring.


The restaurant is finishing up its Kickstarter campaign this weekend with an oyster and champagne celebration from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday at Chocolat Vitale, a few blocks east at 6257 3rd Ave. NW.

Joli will have seating for 52, plus 10 at the bar, with an open kitchen, exposed architectural details and rotating art displays.

Industry veterans Christopher Yamka (Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge, Bastille Cafe & Bar, Local 360) and Camille Yamka (Monsoon, Terra Plata, Roux) have partnered with neighborhood business owners Janet Eicher and Cameron Johnston (Chocolat Vitale) to bring downtown dining to the NW 65th Street corridor.

The menu at joli will reflect French, Italian and Mediterranean influences with a nod to the Riviera. Chef Amy Beaumier (Bell + Whete, Local 360, Dragonfish Asian Cafe) is committed to creating elevated food with high quality ingredients. To accompany the food, joli will feature French and local wines, house made pastries, and artisan chocolate.

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Preserve and Gather café opens today in Greenwood

November 18th, 2015 by Doree

Preserve and Gather, a new café at NW 85th Street and 6th Avenue NW, opened its doors today. The café offers coffee, tea, baked goods, cured meats and cheeses, plus preserves, pickles and spreads.

The café will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Lodge Sports Grille opens in Greenwood

September 2nd, 2015 by Doree

The Lodge Sports Grille has opened at the corner of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

This is the local chain’s sixth restaurant. It has 48 beers on tap. Greenwood Lodge opens at 11 a.m. daily. Click here to access the restaurant’s menu, happy hour menu and list of beers.

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Preserve and Gather café opening this fall at 85th & 6th

July 13th, 2015 by Doree

Preserve and Gather café hopes to open this fall in the new building at the northeast corner of NW 85th Street and 6th Avenue NW.

From their website:

We will be serving skillfully prepared coffee and artisan tea while crafting sweet and savory baked goods grounded in tradition and reminiscent of childhood. Beyond morning offerings, we will bring together pairings of the best cured meats and cheeses the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Topping it all off with the bounty of the seasons saved in the form of preserves, pickles and spreads.

Thanks to Rachel for the tip!

Update July 15: We heard back from the café’s owners, Kayla Blincow and Tess Smedley, and wanted to share some of their background and information.

We are hoping to open later this fall. Our concept for the cafe is focused on espresso/coffee (we’ll be using Conduit Coffee Roasters), tea, baked in house pastries, light fare breakfast and lunch (yogurt, granola, toast and salads). We also plan on serving a few selections of local beer and wine to go with our meat/cheese/pickle/preserve boards. The pickles and preserves will be made in house.

We met working in the food industry and bonded over our love of home canning, baking scones and having a good espresso. Kayla has degrees in Art and Drafting but her work background has always been in coffee, she’s been a barista for the past decade and has always dreamed of having her own cafe. Tess has a degree in Environmental Science but has worked in restaurants and cafes for 10 years. She is passionate about home grown and locally sourced food and finding ways to save and enjoy it throughout the year.

We’ll also be launching a Kickstarter campaign in September to assist in the building out costs. There will be great prizes, a lot of which can be redeemed in the cafe once we’re open. Come and peek in if you’re walking by, we can’t wait to meet everyone!

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North Star Diner & Shanghai Room to open next week

July 9th, 2015 by Doree

North Star Diner and Shanghai Room bar will open next week at 8580 Greenwood Ave. N., where Yen Wor Garden used to be. The exact date and time is in flux as they finish up renovations.

North Star Diner will be a classic 24-hour neighborhood diner with traditional and new American diner food, including breakfast and lunch all day, dinners, milkshakes and baked goods. The interior will be a nod to the building’s long history of housing Chinese restaurants.

The adjacent Shanghai Room bar, open 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, will offer alcoholic drinks and karaoke every night for patrons 21 and over.

You can follow North Star Diner on Facebook, as well as the Shanghai Room.

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Owners of RockCreek in Fremont opening new restaurant at 85th and Greenwood

May 5th, 2015 by Doree

Eric Donnelly and Christy Given, owners of Fremont’s popular RockCreek restaurant, have leased the former Antika space at 85th and Greenwood for a new restaurant.

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The 5,243-square-foot space at 8421 Greenwood Ave. N. is currently undergoing about $75,000 in renovations, according to a Seattle Department of Planning and Development permit.

Given told me by email today that they will release more information on the restaurant’s name and type of food served later this month. Stay tuned!

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