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Seattle’s Communion has been named one of the top 12 best new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, and chef Kristi Brown is both excited and amused.

Brown and her son Damon Bomar opened Communion at the end of last year, moving forward with their pre-pandemic plans for a Central District space on the site of the first Black-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest. While in the beginning takeout was the only way to commune with Communion, Brown’s “Seattle Soul” cuisine still met with immediate acclaim, brightening the quarantine holidays and this bizarre

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Chinatown Food Hall Scuttles Seattle Expansion Plans Post-Pandemic


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  • China Live has scuttled plans to open a Seattle outpost as the future of remote work remains in limbo. The popular restaurant and food hall in San Francisco’s Chinatown had announced its second location, a 13,000-square-foot complex, just prior to the onset of the pandemic in 2020. Now, as Amazon workers may not return
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As we inch closer to shade-and-shorts weather, expect more restaurants to open their doors. Many restaurateurs have been in a holding pattern, hibernating through winter until warmer weather and the vaccination rate rises before they cut the grand opening ribbon. We’re getting there. Nearly 13% of Washington state residents are fully vaccinated, with the number expected to spike in the coming weeks with more vaccines on the way. Other signs that we’re headed in the right direction: Starting on March 22, Gov. Jay Inslee will allow restaurants to increase seating capacity from 25% to 50%, and hosts can seat

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Monica Dimas’s Little Neon Taco has permanently closed its Boren location, but it’ll live on in its next act as a temporary pop-up at the trendy wine bar La Dive. Little Neon Taco

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This week, the Seattle restaurant scene welcomes the return of some beloved institutions, including Local 360, Vito’s, Cafe Presse, Le Pichet, and

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Now you can get Donkey Sauce, cheesesteak egg rolls and other Flavortown favorites of Food Network star Guy Fieri delivered to your door. The popular TV chef has launched Guy Fieri Flavortown Kitchen, a “delivery-only virtual restaurant.” There’s no middle ground when it comes to Fieri’s food. People either love or hate Fieri and his mishmash of comfort-fast-food-diner fare. Let the hate mail and the lovefest for Fieri begin.

Food Network star Guy Fieri launches a “delivery-only virtual restaurant,” or what is known in the industry as a ghost kitchen. Now you can get his Donkey Sauce and other
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