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A Good Week for Belltown; Korean Food in the Boathouse

Welcome back to the I-5 High Five, a look at restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.


SEATTLE: Beloved Belltown bar/gallery McLeod Residence has come back to life as The Upstairs, a new cocktail bar that opened earlier this week. It's been a good week for Belltown, with the Innkeeper, a new Central/South American small plates eatery focusing on affordable wines and noshes, also in full swing. Meanwhile, Tacoma-based chain the Rock announced that it will open its first "urban" outlet in the Queen Anne neighborhood, on the ground floor of the Maxwell Hotel, on December 30th. The wood fired pizza chain has more local locations in Vancouver, WA and Gresham. [-ESEA-]

WEST SEATTLE: Popular Hawaiian/Korean taco food truck Marination Mobile faced some resistance from West Seattlites after it submitted the winning proposal to become the new concessionaire at Seacrest Boathouse in Alki (the spot had previously been held, for the past 10 years, by Erik Gallanti's Alki Crab and Fish Company). Unlike the usual food cart vs. brick-and-mortar narrative, though, this one's more about the unorthodox dockside cuisine, with one commenter indignantly proclaiming: "A KOREAN restaurant?!??. Are you KIDDING me?! This needs to be a northwest seafood place, hands down. When people come up the ramp from the water taxi, the experience should be a pure, Puget Sound 'Welcome.'" West Seattleites have called for and secured a review of the Parks Department decision. [-ESEA-]

Photo of the Upstairs courtesy Facebook