A casual-themed breakfast-lunch-dinner place called Grub will replace Ototo Sushi at a troubled corner on the top of Queen Anne.
The owner, Sharon Fillingim, was previously a partner in Le Rêve (the Queen Anne bakery and cafe) as well as two other restaurants (the late Jimmy's Table in Madison Valley and Cool Hand Luke in Madrona). Her chef at Grub will be Joel Jester, who's keeping mum about his professional training and previous experience. The menu will feature foods and cooking styles from around the world; opening is set for August.
The brick building, at the corner of Queen Anne & Boston, was for many years home to three restaurants, but has been vacant since January. No word on plans for other two spaces (Teacup, Polpetta/Enza Cucina Siciliana).
It might be a tough sell. Queen Anne Cafe (breakfast & lunch, no website) has been around the corner for decades, and there's an upscale breakfast & sandwich shop, Homegrown, on the nearby corner. Despite the number and variety of eateries, Queen Anne Avenue has never succeeded in making itself a "destination" like Ballard Avenue; it remains a quintessential Seattle neighborhood, an island unto itself, its sidewalks populated during the day by stroller-pushing moms, virtually empty by night.