Negronis at Artusi. Same bar, same ingredients, different presentations. They change the glassware periodically.
Jason Stratton of Spinasse and Artusi has announced that his new spot, Aragona, will take over from Thoa's, at the very base of Union Street. Meanwhile, a block away from Artusi, the Maximilien's in the Market team of Willi Bouteillier and Axel Macé is preparing to open Le Zinc this weekend. Reports coming; stay tuned.
Over in Ballard: Stoneburner (along with its private event space, the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion) will open on Tuesday. Both are inside the remodeled Hotel Ballard. Chef is Bastille's executive chef, Jason Stoneburner; the owners and developers are the duo behind a growing number of Seattle restaurants (including Von Trapp's and Bastille), James Weiman and Deming Maclise.
One sad note from Ballard: the Copper Gate will close on Sunday, June 30th. The new owners are locally-based and will have a new concept and a different name for the venue.
In Belltown meanwhile: the Irish dive bar at 3rd & Bell known as Kelly's is finally g-gone. In place of the smokey tavern, longtime hangout for Bud-drinking regulars, temporarily run for the past couple of years as an extension of Aquabar, comes a "new Chinese restaurant." A permit for remodeling has been issued in the name of Black Bamboo, but there's no guarantee that the new place will actually operate under that name, especially since Black Bottle, at First & Vine, is doing a thriving business..
Next door to the Chinese mystery restaurant is the former Gambas, now Local Pho. Aquabar's main entrance remains around the corner, and across the street is Belltown's popular off-leash Dog Park. The Bell Street park project continues to offer street improvements, with the first section, between First and Second, opens later this month.
Now down to Madison Valley.With Luc, Bistrot Voilà and La Côte all along the same block, you'd think you were in Paris, non? One of the three will soon morph into a Tuscan spot with a familiar name: Cantinetta.
According to the Madison Valley Blog, Arnaud Guérin of La Côte has done a deal with Trevor Greenwood to transform his creperie into Bar Cantinetta this summer.
Greenwood opened the first Cantinetta in Wallingford in 2009 and followed it up with a Bellevue store a year and a half later. He and his business partners also opened Mercato Stellina in Old Bellevue, first as a sort of grocery, then remodeled the space as a Tuscan pizzeria.
Bar Cantinetta will offer a wine-bar approach to food and drink, with Italian wines by the glass and home-made pasta dishes.
And a reminder that Sunday is the last day to eat at Rover's. But don't despair: Thierry Rautureau is talking seriously about a new spot, somewhere downtown. If he tells Cornichon, I'll pass the word along to you.