Taste of Queen Anne benefit for Queen Anne Helpline is October 21st

Get your tickets today for the annual Taste of Queen Anne, a benefit for the Queen Anne Helpline. The shindig takes place at St Anne Church’s Banchero Hall on October 21st, from 6:30pm to 10pm.

Over 20 local restaurants will be serving their signature dishes, including:

Plus, live entertainment from the Tim Kennedy Trio and a live auction with amazing prizes.

Tickets can be purchased individually, as a table of 8, or as a sponsor. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 per table. All proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline.


Looks like Nana’s is closed

We’ve had readers report that Nana’s Restaurant is closed, and Yelp reviewers have reported the same. It’s not too surprising as this listing – for Nana’s – has been all over Twitter:

The link to the listing is now gone, so Nana’s owners may have found a buyer. Or, the listing may be renewed. Right now, no confirmation on what’s next for the spot at 1825 Queen Anne Ave N – recent restaurants that have tried and failed at that spot include Emmer & Rye and Julia’s.

Surrell popup restaurant at Bite Box this Friday

Bite Box is hosting a popup restaurant this Friday, August 18th. Locally-owned Surrell will move into the space for an evening to feature a tasting menu and wine pairing. And, it’s not the only instance of Surrell’s popup – they’ll also be at Bite Box (307 W McGraw St) on select dates in the future.

This Friday’s feature menu is all about tomatoes. The all-tomato dinner includes a special wine pairing by Sommelier Zach Geballe. You can purchase tickets to Friday’s dinner online, and stay tuned for future popups at Bite Box!

Coba now open in old Red Papaya spot

We’ve had a couple of readers send in tips on Coba, the new restaurant in the old Red Papaya spot at 530 1st Ave N. Coba seemed to move in pretty quickly, with little disruption to the space other than a new sign and menu. Per readers, ownership did not change, which helps explain the seamless transition.

According to Coba’s website, the new version of Vietnamese focuses on Saigon street food using “local sources of mussels & clams harvested in the Puget Sound, free-range eggs raised just south of Olympia, beef that is raised south of Hood River” – plus, they have a beer selection that highlights Seattle-area breweries.

Eater published a quick blurb on Coba, highlighting some of its menu items, including a vegan pho option. You can see the entire menu here.

Bustle Caffe is now S&L Cafe

A reader wrote in to let us know that Bustle Caffe now has a new sign outside and wanted to know the scoop (thanks, as always, to readers who send in tips!). I contacted the owner of Bustle to discover that he sold the business and it’s now under new management.

Along with the ownership change comes a new name – S&L Cafe. According to new owner Daniel, S&L stands for Sel & Lumiere, French for salt & light. The goal of S&L is to “serve and love the community by helping people to build relationships one cup at a time” and Daniel hopes to see the S&L space used for neighborhood building events and gatherings.

There are a few changes to the menu as well. The coffee served previously was a traditional Italian dark roast coffee, and S&L now serves a medium roast coffee from Portland-based Heart Coffee Roasters. This particular roast is described as having “smooth, balanced, and complex flavor profiles of medium roast coffee.”

And, as of this past Saturday, S&L is serving ice cream. You can get local small-batch homemade ice cream from the U District’s Sweet Alchemy Creamery at S&L, no need to leave the neighborhood.
Stop by S&L to say welcome, try the new roast, and pick up some sweet ice cream too!

Dining Out for Life comes to LloydMartin and McMenamins this Thursday

Two Queen Anne restaurants are participating in LifeLong’s Dining Out for Life this Thursday, April 27th, and all you have to do to support the cause is stop by for a meal.

LloydMartin will donate 30% from its dinner proceeds and McMenamins will donate 50% of its dinner and late night proceeds to LifeLong. The donations support to Lifelong’s programs supporting people facing serious illness and poverty in the community.

This is the 24th year for Dining Out for Life, and thanks to support from the community, LifeLong fed over 1,900 people last year via 36,500 bags of groceries and 170,000 meals for those in need. You can learn more on LifeLong’s website and support the cause by eating out on Thursday on Queen Anne or across the city at over 200 participating restaurants.

Donate & Dine Blood Drive comes to Queen Anne on Monday

Bloodworks Northwest is partnering with our local Umpqua Bank for Donate & Dine, a special blood drive, on Monday, March 27th. All registered blood donors get a $10 gift card to a local restaurant. Participating Queen Anne restaurants include:

  • Starbucks
  • Sushi Samurai
  • Storyville
  • Sully’s
  • Homegrown
  • Cupcake Royale
  • How to Cook a Wolf
  • Eat Local
  • El Diablo
  • 5 Spot
  • Emerald City Smoothie
  • Zaw Pizza
  • Robert Ramsay Cellars

Make an appointment online and head to Umpqua Bank at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N. Current open slots run from 2:35pm to 5:10pm.

If you can’t make Monday, a second blood drive is slated for Uptown on April 12th. That drive will take place near Craftworks Coffee (110 Republican St) and participating restaurants include Starbucks, Agave, Uptown Espresso, Ten Mercer, and more to be announced as the date nears.

Run for beer and local charities on tax day

Tax deadline looming? Rooftop Brew Co is combining running and beer on Saturday, April 15th, so celebrate the end of tax season and get outside for a 5K run! It’s the first official event for the Washington Brewery Running Series and portions of the proceeds benefit local nonprofits, including the Queen Anne Helpline.

The roughly 5K course starts and ends at Rooftop Brew Co, 1220 W Nickerson St, on Saturday, April 15th. All participants get a free craft brew and swag, plus there will be live music, food trucks, local vendors, and, of course, a rooftop deck to enjoy it from.

Registration is limited and while you need to bring a valid ID, you don’t need to be 21 to run. The race starts at 11am and the open course (aka roads are not closed for this event) are designed to route runners through the neighborhood, with volunteer guides along the way.

Register for the 5K today and get ready to run for beer!


Bite Box to host pop-up wine bar Disgorged every Tuesday

You may recall that Grub used to host pop-up restaurants that brought different flavors to Queen Anne each month. Now, Grub owner Sharon Fillingim has shifted gears with her new restaurant Bite Box, but that doesn’t mean pop-ups are over. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 7th, a pop-up wine bar will set up shop at Bite Box every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 9:30pm.

Zach Geballe, a Seattle sommelier and local wine writer, will run Disgorged out of Bite Box with a mission to “explore the world of wine with a little less pretension and a bit more expression”. What can you expect? Delicious wines from both the Pacific Northwest and the world, along with rotating mystery wines – guess what you taste and win prizes!

Zach will call upon his expertise as the Dahlia Lounge wine lead and wine writer for Seattle Weekly, SIP Northwest, and The Fresh Toast, to find fun and interesting wines for patrons to try. Plus, the prices are really reasonable at $10 or less a glass. And, small bites (cheeses, meats, olives) will be available too.

Stop by Bite Box at 307 W McGraw St on Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm to experience Disgorged!

Cupcake Royale supports NARAL & International Women’s Day this week

You may recall that Cupcake Royale kicked off a new initiative on Presidents Day to support nonprofits that align with the company’s values. February’s focus on the Northwest Immigration Rights Project raised $2,025 for the local nonprofit.

Cupcake Royale is now turning to NARAL Pro-Choice America, a nonprofit with the mission of protecting and expanding reproductive freedom.

Tomorrow, Monday, March 6th, Cupcake Royale is donating 10% of all cupcake proceeds to NARAL Pro-Choice America. Then, to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, Cupcake Royale ups the ante with 25% of cupcake sales going directly to NARAL Pro-Choice. Here are some “Seasonal Favorite” cupcakes available this March to help you plan your visit:

Get your cupcake fix twice this week (or more if you’re so inclined) to help NARAL and celebrate International Women’s Day at the same time!