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Stowell's Pizza Company; Nehalem River Inn to Shutter

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


Image of Ballard Pizza Co. courtesy Facebook

SEATTLE—Chef Ethan Stowell is set to debut his casual pizza restaurant, Ballard Pizza Company, sometime next week. According to Eater Seattle, the menu will feature thin-crust pizza available by the slice, along with salads, pasta, and gnocchi (for Ballard locals, delivery service will begin in June). Meanwhile, Todd Nordahl, former owner of now shuttered Rosebud Restaurant and Bar, will open EVO Tapas Kitchen & Cabaret inside the Social nightclub in Capitol Hill. Projected opening: April 28. [-ESEA-]

SEATTLE—Seattle Met's Allecia Vermillion reports that the reborn cocktail bar Vessel will reopen in the Olive Way in May, after lease issues ousted it from its longtime downtown location last year. And intriguingly, its owner will employ a "rotating cast" of bartenders to essentially make the spot "a different bar every single night." [Nosh Pit]

NEHALEM—FoodDude reported earlier this week that the Nehalem River Inn, considered by some to be the best fine-dining restaurant on the Oregon Coast, will close later this summer after nine years in business. According to the spot's official Facebook, the shutter is scheduled for August 12. [PF&D]