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Joe Biden Dines in Belltown; Gluten-free Bakery Opens on Capitol Hill

Welcome to CascadiaWire, a weekly collection of restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.

Geoffrey Smith

STARWATCH -- Vice President Joe Biden swung through Seattle earlier this week, and he dined at Belltown's Assaggio, ordered puttanesca, and told a reporter "it was delicious." Thrilling stuff.

OPENING REPORT -- Capitol Hill is now home to a gluten-free bakery. Nuflours serves mini quiches, hand pies, empanadas, muffins and more, plus coffee from Caffe Vita and Conduit. The Phinney Ridge neighborhood will soon be home to Modern, a sushi and izakaya restaurant that will also serve homemade wagashi -- Japanese traditional sweets -- in the mornings.

COMING ATTRACTIONS -- Fans of the former Book Bindery (which reopened last week as Hommage) have been anxiously awaiting word on Shaun McCrain's next project. McCrain departed Book Bindery last spring with partner Jill Kinney to start a new venture but has been tight-lipped about the project until a few days ago. His new restaurant will be called Copine and will serve "refined cuisine." That's about all he's saying for now.