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Minimum Wage Debate in Seattle; Jamie Oliver to VAN

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SEATTLE— Seattle businesses that oppose the city's $15 minimum wage are facing a boycott from a workers' rights group called Working Washington. Claiming the businesses on its list are, "right-wing conservatives, real-estate developers, and corporate executives," Working Washington has released a boycott roster that includes restaurants and bars affiliated with Forward Seattle, a group collecting signatures to put a referendum to the $15 wage hike on the city's November ballot. Eater Seattle has details. [Eater SEA]

VANCOUVERJamie Oliver is opening a Jamie's Italian location in Vancouver. The celebrity chef will launch the first North American Jamie's Kitchen outpost in Toronto in 2015. The chef says an eatery in Vancouver is "definitely part of the plan," adding that his Canadian restaurants will be "epic." [Eater Vancouver]

SEATTLE— This week, news broke that yet another restaurant is headed for in the city's burgeoning Pioneer Square. Korean-inspired steakhouse Girin is opening its doors in the same building as Josh Henderson's Quality Athletics and general store/lunch spot Cone & Steiner. The restaurant from the owners of Seattle's Momiji, Umi Sake House, and Kushibar will open in early to mid-2015 with a living garden in the dining room. [Eater SEA]

VANCOUVER— "Something funky to help crank out the bangers always helps." This week, Eater Vancouver eavesdrops on the soundtrack at Bestie. Chef Colin Johnson's picks? Old school hip hop before doors open. Then, anything goes. [Eater Vancouver]