Dexter Brewhouse to Re-Open Friday After Another Do-Over

By Megan Hill

Dexter Brewhouse is closed until Friday, November 24 for a “relaunch,” the latest in a string of rebranding efforts.
 Dexter Brewhouse/FB

Beset with challenges from early on, the South Lake Union brewpub Dexter Brewhouse, formerly known as Mollusk, continues to reinvent itself: As of last night, the restaurant has closed temporarily for unspecified rejiggering. Anyone following along at home may recall that the brewery aspect of the business has retained the Mollusk moniker since its inception, but the restaurant portion — having already lost its adventurous chef and co-owner, Travis Kukull, in a previous shakeup — rebranded in July as Dexter Brewhouse, attempting to please crowds with more standard pub fare.

Dexter Brewhouse will reopen at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 24, and at the very least there will be a new chef at the helm, according to a Facebook post. A note on the doors of the restaurant also hints at the relaunch and the new chef with the lines “You love our beer, now love our new chef.” The restaurant hasn’t released any other details.

The embattled venture was originally born as Gastropod, a tiny yet adventurous kitchen in Sodo, alongside the off-beat nanobrewery Epic Ales. Brewer Cody Morris and chef Travis Kukull relocated to bigger digs in South Lake Union and rebranded as Mollusk in October 2015.

It’s been a tough road since for Mollusk, which has struggled to get customers in the door despite a largely positive critical reception for both the inventive initial food menu and the exciting beer program. Early in 2016, the restaurant dropped its lunch service and cut staff, saying the neighborhood wasn’t dense enough to support the midday meal program. A few months later, the business went to a standard tipping model, doing away with an automatic service charge. Then in summer 2016, Kukull departed the kitchen, and Morris oversaw an overhaul of the menu that took it from avant garde to comfort food. Dexter Brewhouse was born this past July. Meanwhile, Kukull has quietly resurfaced and is cooking at White Swan Public House.

The one obvious through-line in the sordid saga is the creative beer produced by Morris under the Mollusk label, which remains top-notch, but the restaurant is clearly struggling. Will this latest iteration finally be the one that sticks?

Syndicated from Seattle Eater.

Hey Everybody, Shake Shack is Coming to SLU!

Shake Shack is a much-loved burger and shake joint in New York City, and Seattleites are about to get their very first location in Washington State! Last week, the company announced that a Shake Shack will be opening in Seattle in mid-2018 at 2115 Westlake Avenue.

Get ready for some delicious burgers (made with 100% Angus beef) topped with the Shack’s proprietary ShackSauce, as well as hot dogs, frozen custard and crinkle-cut fries. Craft beers and wine will also be on the menu.

According to CEO Randy Garutti, who used to be a manager at Canlis, “It’s a dream come true to bring Shake Shack to Seattle! This city has held a special place in my heart since the early days of my career living here and working as the General Manager of Canlis”, he said. “I love coming back here and seeing the continued growth of the city and its dynamic food scene. We look forward to building a community gathering place for this great city.”

The “modern day roadside burger stand” (as the company refers to its restaurants) will be constructed using sustainable and recycled materials. For example, they plan to make the table tops out of reclaimed wood from bowling alley lanes.

Shake Shack was founded in 2004 in New York City by popular restaurateur Danny Meyer, with its first (food cart) location in Madison Park. They have since expanded in New York and beyond, with 136 locations in 12 countries. West Coast locations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

FareStart to Open 5 New Restaurants in Partnership with Amazon

By Lisa Stiffler

The nonprofit FareStart announced today that the five restaurants and cafes that it’s launching with Amazon’s help will be ready to open their doors next month.

The eateries, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, will provide training opportunities for FareStart’s Foodservice Apprenticeship Program, a new initiative to help train entry-level employees in food services. The goal of the program is to assist low-income food-service employees into higher-paying jobs in the restaurant industry.

Earlier this year, Amazon donated equipment and 25,000 square feet of space to the nonprofit for the restaurants, which will be open to the public.

FareStart Rendering

The venues will include Maslow’s, described as a full-service casual restaurant and bar with regionally-sourced ingredients; Community Table, offering “a market-like dining experience” that will be home to three casual eateries — one serving BBQ, one featuring made-to-order salads and another offering seasonal vegetables served in bowls with grains; and Rise, an Italian-themed coffee shop with pastries and sandwiches.

Founded 30 years ago, FareStart provides food for those in need and offers training in food-service and barista jobs for people who struggle to find employment because of homelessness, poverty and other challenges. The nonprofit reports that 90 percent of adults who graduate from their training program find work within three months.

“The new eateries will provide greater dining options in the growing South Lake Union neighborhood while advancing the skills of entry-level food-service workers and providing pathways to living wage jobs,” said Wayne Johnson, FareStart’s corporate executive chef. “We look forward to inviting the entire community to join us as we transform lives.”

The partnership with FareStart aligns with multiple efforts by Amazon to support homeless people in the Seattle area. Last month the online retail and cloud services giant announced that it would open a homeless transitional shelter inside one of its new Seattle HQ buildings. The 47,000 square-foot shelter will give 65 families a place to stay while seeking permanent housing. The facility will open in early 2020 and be run by Mary’s Place, a nonprofit that supports homeless families. Mary’s Place is currently operating a temporary shelter in an Amazon-owned building that is slated for demolition.

Maslow’s will be located at 380 Boren Ave N. in Seattle while Community Table and Rise will open in Amazon’s Houdini North building at 399 Fairview Ave N.

Syndicated from GeekWire.com

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in June

Food and fun are on the docket for events in June in South Lake Union! Check out some of our highlighted favorites…

Throughout June: Pasta Classes at Cuoco
6:30pm – 9pm | Cuoco
Learn pasta making technique, recipes and more at Cuoco throughout June, with three fun pasta classes! After instruction and hands-on demonstration, enjoy a 3-course family dinner, plus wine and a take-home portion of your pasta. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, please contact Scott Whited or call 206.971.0710. Classes are on June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th.

Mondays in June: Monday Midday Meditation
12:15pm | 415 Westlake
Get your week off to a great start with meditation. Monday Midday Meditation is led by experts Tay and Val, who will guide you through focusing, fueling and flowing through meditation in this rejuvenating event. Click here to purchase tickets.

June 1: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, June 1st, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

June 3: Art on the Fly
12pm | Denny Park
Celebrate the arts, music and dance with food and fun at Art on the Fly, a community event on June 3rd, in tandem with the SLU Saturday Market. There will be numerous outdoor performances, free dance classes, vendors of arts and crafts, food trucks and more.

June 4: Cavatappi Wine Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting a special wine dinner this month, featuring wines from Cavatappi, a Nebbiolo and Sangiovese-focused winery with Peter Dow at the helm. Complementing the wines will be a five-course dinner with Mediterranean dishes. Tickets are $120 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are required: 206-323-0807.

June 6: Drink & Draw at the VUDE
5pm – 8pm | The VUDE
Sip wine and color at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charitable Event, Drink & Draw at The VUDE on June 6th. Hosted by the Young Professionals Committee, proceeds from this event support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and cover three tastings of Hand of God wines, light appetizers, one raffle ticket and access to adult coloring books for fun! Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale.

June 10: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, June 10th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

June 11: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm – 5pm | Caffe Torino
In their monthly art and wine event Caffe Torino is hosting local artist Jiamin Zhu and her collection titled, The Silk Road. These stunning photographs on canvas are reflections of fantasies and fairy tales encountered on Jiamin’s journey of cultural migration from the east to Seattle.

June 24: South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour
10am – 12pm | REI
Get a closer look at the neighborhood, and examine the key ingredients for urban revitalization on the monthly South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour. Participants will learn about strategies for urban design and architecture, engage with master planning projects as well as private-public ventures, and find out about unique experiments in development. This month, the tour is on Saturday, June 24th and includes the Stackhouse Apartments, 400 Fairview, Denny Park, 9th and Harrison, and St. Spiridon’s.

June 24: Get Out & Boat Fest
11am – 12pm | Chandler’s Cove
The annual Get Out & Boat Fest is coming up on June 24th, with free 45-minute rides on power and sailboats, education on nautical terms and techniques, and more. This family-friendly event includes kids activities, live music, and food vendors.

June 24: Seattle Outdoor Cinema 25th Anniversary
6pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
It’s the 25th anniversary celebration for the Fremont Outdoor Cinema, now known as the Seattle Outdoor Cinema. The main event is an outdoor showing of Rogue One on a 55 foot inflatable screen. This free family-friendly screening on June 24th will have food trucks, a charity beer garden, and lots of fun.

June 30: Beer Camp Across America
5pm – 9pm | South Lake Union
The largest craft beer festival in America comes to South Lake Union on June 30th. Beer Camp Across America features hundreds of craft beers, food trucks, live music and fun! Tickets are $55 – $75 ($40 for designated drivers).

The Grilled Cheese Experience Opens Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in SLU

By Megan Hill

Hoping to capitalize on the still-booming South Lake Union scene, The Grilled Cheese Experience food truck has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant to complement its melty mobile operations.

The restaurant landed last month at 434A Yale Ave N, near REI and the frenzied Amazonia construction zone. Owner Mark Amatangelo says he’s long looked to set down roots for his business born on wheels, and South Lake Union was a natural fit given its explosive growth, workday lunch crowd, and the success of other truck-to-restaurant concepts in the area, like Skillet and Marination.

The Grilled Cheese Experience serves — you guessed it — tricked-out grilled cheese sandwiches with additions like house-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and sunny side up eggs. The truck will continue to operate; on any given day, it offers just a handful of sandwiches from a master menu of about 12 to 14. The restaurant provides Amatangelo the opportunity to sell almost his entire repertoire at once, save for the seasonal creations. You may see some specials rotate through, too.

Amatangelo is waiting on a liquor license, so he’ll soon be able to serve beer and wine alongside the sandwiches. At that point he’ll also extend his hours, which currently run only Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Syndicated from Seattle Eater