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E. coli Scare Closes 62 Restaurants; Former Book Bindery Reopens as Hommage

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MERCER ISLAND -- A water supply sample tested positive for E. coli for the second time in less than a week on Mercer Island, resulting in the closure of 62 restaurants and coffee shops. Pre-made food and any food that has been washed with water must be thrown out.

QUEEN ANNE -- The restaurant formerly known as Book Bindery has reopened as Hommage under the direction of new chef Nico Borzee. The 30-year-old, French born chef began his cooking career at age 15 and has spent the second half of his life working at Michelin-starred restaurants in his home country (L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, La Table du Lancaster, Le Louis XV) and as a sous chef at the double-Michelin-starred Coi in San Francisco.

PIONEER SQUARE -- Mexican eatery Casco Antiguo is headed for the space that most recently housed cheesesteakery Calozzi's on Occidental Ave. The new space, which could be open by November, will be split into two main ideas: a restaurant up front and a cantina in back. Former Saint chef and Mexico City native Rodolfo Riveron is leading the kitchen, which sits between the dining room and bar.