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Paseo's Shocking Closure; Shiro Kashiba's New Sushi Venture

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FREMONT -- Seattle was stunned by the shocking closure of beloved sandwich shop Paseo on Tuesday. The closure was initially shrouded in mystery, but it turns out that in September, four former employees filed a lawsuit against the Paseo owners, claiming they denied mandatory rest and meal breaks, withheld overtime pay and other wages, and treated some employees differently based on race. Paseo also filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday.

PIKE PLACE -- Famed Seattle sushi chef Shiro Kashiba is opening a new restaurant in Pike Place Market. Kashiba had gradually stepped away from his popular Belltown restaurant, having sold his share of the business earlier this year. He still made appearances behind the counter, but that came to a close recently, too. Kashiba had confirmed to Eater last month that he was indeed searching for a place where he could "do his own thing." Kashiba will be at the new restaurant full time and hopes to open by summer 2015, though there are still a few more hoops to jump through before that can happen.

CAPITOL HILL -- The completion of the Chophouse Row development -- and the opening its accompanying restaurants -- has been pushed back due to construction delays. The target opening is now early 2015. Originally scheduled to open this fall, the building will house a whole bunch of exciting restaurants and food-related businesses from some of Seattle's biggest names in the food biz.