Open and Shut: This week's restaurant round-up

Ready for the weekend? Of course you are. But before you make dinner plans, check in to see what new hot spots are opening -- and which have closed up shop.

November is projected to be a big month in restaurant openings -- but unfortunately, almost all of the most anticipated spots, from Capitol Hill's Juicebox to La Bodega in the ID, are pushing off their openings until next week. Which means this weekend, there aren't that many places opening their doors. Still, there are some updates:


  • Molly Moon's: Seattle's favorite ice creamery settles into the University Village this weekend. To celebrate, kids under 12 get a free kid-sized scoop between noon and 2pm on Saturday.

  • Alstadt: This German-inspired meat shop and bar was slated to open in Pioneer Square this week, though the owners have been quiet on the Facebook page, noting that they were waiting on "final spections." If you're in the neighborhood and love sausage and sauerkraut, it may be worth it to do a little drive-by and see if the doors are still locked.

  • Fat Burger: This national chain actually opened on Alki beach last week, but hasn't gotten a lot of hype. This is the first Fat Burger to open in Seattle proper -- previous locations of the franchise include Bellevue (now closed) and Redmond -- and has moved in to the troubled location that once held the Alki Bakery. Let's see it takes root.

  • Hollywood Tavern: Like the phoenix from the ashes, Woodinville's historic Hollywood Tavern is rising again, thanks to restaurant superstar Josh Hendersen. Look for burgers, beers and a down-home settling when the doors open on Tuesday, November 12.


  • North Hill Bakery: Capitol Hill staple North Hill Bakery sadly shut its doors on Halloween. According to the owners, their long-time landlord kicked them out of the space, forcing the closure.

Want more? Here are a few other weeks of Open and Shut to help you pick a new(ish) restaurant.