The Shanty Cafe calling it quits after 102 years


Photo courtesy of The Shanty Cafe

The Shanty Cafe on Elliott Ave is closing for good on Monday, November 28th, after 102 years of service. It opened in 1914 and has remained a fixture at 350 Elliott Ave, thanks to current owners Ginger Crowley and Theresa Schmetzer, who purchased Shanty 19 years ago.

Now Crowley and Schmetzer are exiting the restaurant business and have sold the building. But, instead of selling to a developer, they sold it to another restaurant, El Charro Mexican Food and Cantina, which has a location in Kent.

Bite Box now open for lunch


From Bite Box’s Facebook page today – lunch being served!

Bite Box, Sharon Fillingim’s new post-Grub venture, is now open for lunch! The new restaurant next to Five Corners Hardware at 307 W McGraw St is open and serving lunch today:

As previously reported, you can find menu items like Millet Cobb salad, burger w/oxtail ragu, and pecan pie Belgian waffle, along with some gluten-free items, daily house-made soups, and options to add protein to salads.

Plus, expect a few specials, some familiar to Grub fans and some new ones too. Beverages include Portland’s Heart Coffee to sake bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, and local beer.

Stop by and say “hello” and “welcome back” to Sharon and the Bite Box crew!

Bite Box brings breakfast & lunch to W McGraw this month

We first wrote about Sharon Fillingim’s new post-Grub venture in June, when the spot next to Five Corners Hardware was getting the first taste of its new facelift. Now, final touches like custom windows and an 8’ glass door are all that’s left to complete the transformation of the 1950 building at 307 W McGraw St. Sharon plans to open Bite Box at the end of October.

bite-box-burgerIn the meantime, amidst construction chaos, Sharon has been busy crafting a menu for Bite Box, which is billed as “fast casual fare” for neighborhood breakfasts and lunches. The staff has already been privy to a taste test of menu items like Millet Cobb salad, burger w/oxtail ragu, and pecan pie Belgian waffle.

The menu also features some gluten-free items, daily house-made soups, and options to add protein to salads. Plus, you can expect a few specials, some familiar to Grub fans and some new ones too. Beverages range from Portland’s Heart Coffee to sake bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, and local beer.

According to Sharon:

“My objective and vision was to design a space for business luncheons and meetings to the businesses around me, as well as my fellow neighbors. The current menu will be offered all day on the days we’re open. I hope that my customers will feel that Bite Box is similar to smaller cafes in various neighborhoods found not only in Seattle but throughout other cities. With a smaller menu and space, I’m able to keep it personal, something that is very important to me.”

bite-box-interiorBite Box will be open Wednesdays – Fridays 8am to 3:30pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

If the construction schedule stays on track, expect Bite Box to be open by the end of the month. You can see the new, warm and inviting interior in the photo from Bite Box’s Facebook page to the right. Stop by and welcome Sharon back to the Queen Anne restaurant roster!

Windy City Pie moves into Batch 206’s Interbay spot this weekend

Seattle favorite Windy City Pie is making a move this weekend from SODO to Interbay, bringing Chicago style pizza to our neck of the woods. Windy City Pie is busy this weekend setting up a new kitchen inside the Batch 206 Distillery at 1417 Elliott Ave W and already taking orders for pickup.

While Windy City Pie won’t be making deliveries this weekend, production at the new Interbay location starts today, October 1st, with normal business hours. Plus, it will have an oven that is 12 times larger than the SODO one, and there’s parking at Batch 206 to make pickups more convenient.

Per their Facebook page (where you can find more photos of their pies, like the one above):

“We anticipate our new equipment will result in a superior product and a massively increased capacity. As we adapt to that increased capacity and production workflow, we’ll be able to streamline ordering in ways we simply could not do in our SoDo location due to our small oven.”

Windy City Pie also promises a future collaboration with Batch 206 Distillery, so it’s here to stay, which is very good news for Queen Anne, Interbay, and Magnolia residents alike. How do you order your pie? Go here.

And, if you’re not familiar with Windy City Pie, last month it claimed the title of “favorite pizza” out of 32 Seattle pizzerias in a Seattle Times reader poll.

Chalk this move up to a win for the neighborhood!

Toulouse-Petit closed during food-poisoning investigation

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-5-27-45-pmToulouse-Petit Kitchen & Lounge (601 Queen Anne Ave N) has been temporarily closed down by King County heath officials as they investigate possible food poisoning at the restaurant.

According to King County Public Health, six out of seven people from the same party ate at the restaurant and became ill with symptoms consistent with a bacterial infection such as Salmonellosis or Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli.  The potential food source is still under investigation, but Public Health notes that the party had consumed food items that may increase the risk of foodborne illness, including raw beef and raw egg.

Public Health investigated the restaurant today and found “several problems including room temperature storage, inadequate refrigeration and improper cooling of potentially hazardous foods and cross contamination, which resulted in temporary suspension of the restaurant’s permit.”

Toulouse-Petit will be allowed to reopen after making corrections and Public Health is confident that the outbreak has ended.

End of an era as Ponti Seafood to close its doors on July 2nd

After 25 years, Ponti Seafood Grill will close on July 2nd, as owner Richard Malia looks to retirement. Malia opened Ponti in Novmeber 1990 with Chef Alvin Binuya, who returned to Ponti in 2009 for the final 7 years of Ponti’s run.

According to Malia:

“The past few years have been our most successful of the 25 years we’ve been in business. I’m 69 and ready to pursue other business interests and spend time in service to the community. I didn’t do this on my own, and I owe both the community a lot for the support we’ve received, as well as my loyal employees. It has been a wonderful 25 years.”

Instead of a new restaurant, the Ponti building and land have been sold and will become the new home of the Queen Anne Elks club, which is currently located at 302 Queen Anne Ave N. That property has been sold to Greystar for the Uptown Flats project.

If you’re a wine collector or just enjoy good wine, take note: Ponti’s wine inventory will be sold at or below wholesale prices for home use (bottle or case) from June 12-July 2.

Three Queen Anne restaurants to participate in Dining Out for Life this Thursday

Dining Out For LifeThe annual Dining Out for Life is this Thursday, April 28th, and this year, three Queen Anne restaurants are participating to help raise funds for Lifelong.

On Thursday, over 100 restaurants in the Seattle metro area will donate 30-50% of their proceeds to Lifelong’s Chicken Soup Brigade food program that feeds people fighting hunger and illness in the community.

Plan on eating at McMenamins Queen Anne, The Other Coast Café, or Lloyd Martin this Thursday if you want to stick around the neighborhood and help out Lifelong. If you’ll be venturing further afield for lunch or dinner, you can search for participating restaurants online.

This year, McMenamins is repeating its performance as a Golden Fork restaurant, which means that it’s donating 50% of the day’s proceeds to Lifelong.


Dining Out for Life runs all day Thursday, so plan on eating lunch and/or dinner out to help Lifelong.

Campfire BBQ moves in next door to Citizen

Campfire ExteriorAbout 10 days ago, a reader let us know that Citizen has a new roommate at 706 Taylor Ave N – then, the flu hit me and derailed my plans on digging for more BBQ info. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, the blog posts are stacked pretty high in the queue. But, let’s first get to the new BBQ joint, Campfire BBQ, that’s set up shop in Citizen’s parking lot.

For now, you can get Campfire BBQ on Saturdays and Sundays, 3pm-8pm each day. And, once they finish spiffing up the little parking lot – which won’t take much longer – the little smokehouse-inspired wagon will be open 4-5 days a week. And, this is good news for Queen Anne. I’ve had Campfire BBQ at other roving locations, and it’s the real deal. Queen Anne is lucky to have this gem at the bottom of the hill.

In part, Campfire BBQ’s new location is due to the entrepreneurship of Suzana Omos, owner of Citizen (right next door) and Citizen Six (housed in the Number 6 Cider taproom on Elliott Ave W). She secured the rights to use the parking lot adjacent to Citizen and wanted to make it a great outdoor space for the neighborhood. She reached out to Campfire BBQ and the rest is now history in motion.

I reached out to owners Stefan and Julie Giles, they described Campfire BBQ’s history as follows:

“We started Campfire BBQ in 2012 … Campfire began as a hobby for Stefan as he tried to satisfy the cravings of family and friends that found the Texas style BBQ they were craving to be an elusive beast in the Northwest, but soon turned into a thriving small business as word of mouth spread and demand grew. With his father hailing from Texas and his mother from Germany, you could say that Stefan literally has BBQ imprinted on his DNA. 

Campfire BBQ only uses quality ingredients and sources meats that are local, organic and sustainable whenever possible. All of our BBQ is done slow and low over a real wood fire – an hour and a half per pound on average.”

Dog bonePlus, we hear on reader-authority that bones are available for Queen Anne pups, so a dog-friendly business to boot! Check out a Queen Anne View reader’s dog, Latte, to the left, with a free Campfire BBQ bone she carried all the way home…

Stop by Citizen this weekend and watch for expanded service in the near future!

Mezcaleria Oaxaca offering lunch special for Queen Anne residents

Mezcaleria Oaxaca QAMezcaleria Oaxaca is showing some neighborhood love, in the form of a lunch special for Queen Anne residents. Stop by the Queen Anne location at 2123 Queen Anne Ave N for lunch on Wednesdays or Thursdays and get 20% off your pre-tax lunch bill. All you have to do is bring something (ID, mail, etc.) with your name and Queen Anne zip code on it, and voila!

The special deal is available every Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 3pm. It’s the restaurant’s way of showing its appreciation and saying “thanks” to Queen Anne.

If you’re a Queen Anne resident in zips 98109 or 98119, you’re eligible for the neighbor discount. Thanks to Mezcaleria Oaxaca for showing some love to Queen Anne!

Citzen + Number 6 Cider = Citizen Six


citizen6-logoIf you’re a fan of either Citizen or Number 6 Cider, you’ll be happy to learn that the owners of the two Queen Anne businesses have joined forces to create Citizen Six, a new restaurant housed in the Number 6 Cider taproom. Citizen Six will feature all of the Citizen menu favorites and more, as it’ll have a bigger menu in the new, larger location.

Citizen has operated at its 706 Taylor Ave N location for seven years, and during its tenure (no fear, it’s staying put), Number 6 Cider owner Tom Todaro was a regular customer. When he decided he needed someone to run the dining room at Number 6 Cider, he looked to Citizen owner Suzana Omos. Omos has joined Todaro as a managing partner and Citizen Six opens to the public on March 1st.

citizen6-interiorAs a younger sibling restaurant, Citizen Six will actually be the bigger of the two It’ll have seating for 60 people and serve Number 6 Ciders on tap, local beers, and wine by the glass. With 8 of the seats at the bar, bar manager Scott Rixe (formerly of Zhu Dang) will offer a full cocktail menu that includes new cider cocktails.

What can you expect menu-wise?

‘Like Citizen, the menu at Citizen Six will be a nod to Suzana’s heritage: She’s half Mexican, half Korean. Don’t be surprised to see some familiar Citizen influences on the menu, like the “Korexican” tacos – tender, marinated strips of Bulgogi beef, spicy cucumber mix, caramelized onions and Mexican cheese piled on a fresh, local flour tortilla, served with housemade green salsa verde, black beans and sriracha mayo – an homage to her mother’s comfort cooking. “It’s just savory food, and it’s just a beautiful fusion,” says Suzana. “They’re flavors that I grew up with.” Citizen Six will offer a more expansive food menu than its sibling.‘

citizen6-exteriorCitizen Six will be open 7 days a week for lunch, happy hour and dinner, and it’s family friendly with games and menu items for kids. According to Suzana: “You can come here to get a hamburger or a Bulgogi beef hamburger with fries. There’s something for everyone, including non-adventurous eaters.”

Mark your calendars for March 1st, when Citizen Six opens. You can find them inside the Number 6 Cider taproom at 945 Elliott Ave W. Stop by to say congrats to not one, but two local businesses!