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Save Paseo Kickstarter Falls Flat; Thanksgiving in Seattle is Expensive

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

TURKEY WIRE — A recent study shows that Seattleites spend more on their Thanksgiving dinners than most other Americans. On average, a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people costs $49.41, but in Seattle that figure rises to $57.37. The most expensive place to eat on Turkey Day? Hilo, Hawaii, where the feast will set you back $79.11.

FREMONT — A Kickstarter campaign to reopen the abruptly shuttered Paseo has fizzled out. The campaign was trying to raise $250,000 "to buy and re-open Paseo, hire the original employees, and provide livable wages and benefits." Greg Gans, owner of Savvy Orders, tells GeekWire he was "surprised" by the response of former Paseo employees after reaching out: "They wouldn't even have a conversation with us or hear us out." His offer to turn the campaign over to staff last received no response from many, "except for a couple of them who have said ‘please don't contact us.'"

CAPITOL HILL — Stateside, the much-anticipated French/Vietnamese restaurant from Eric Johnson, is set to open in the next few weeks on Capitol Hill. Johnson settled in Seattle a few years back after working in New York with Daniel Boulud and at Jean-Georges. He also spent time in Paris opening Jean-Georges' Market and Jean-Georges in Shanghai.