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Tom Douglas's Newest Opening; Vancouver Wine Picks

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SEATTLE— Prolific restaurateur Tom Douglas strikes again with yet-another opening: Assembly Hall Kitchen, a fried-chicken-focused lunch counter inside Belltown's Assembly Hall marketplace, debuted earlier this week. According to Douglas, the menu will rotated often: Its summery offerings of fried chicken and watermelon lemonade will turn into chili (and presumably other soups) come colder weather. [ESEA]

VANCOUVER— The best-selling bitters at the recent Tales of the Cocktail came from Vancouver's own Bittered Sling. Here now, in co-founder Jonathan Chovancek's "disco diary" from NoLa, Chovancek tells tales of making 900 cocktails in 45 minutes. Keeping things liquid, our all-essential guide to the top 10 bargain by-the-glass sparkling wines across the city as picked by Eater wine correspondent, sommelier Kurtis Kolt. [EVAN]

SEATTLE— Damn the Weather and Stoneburner bartender Tyler Stamon is the latest Barkeeper to enter the interview hot seat. The industry vet talks about getting into the bar business and doing double duty in two Seattle bars that serve stellar food and drink menus. [ESEA]

VANCOUVER— The annual celebration of all things meaty, beery, and barbecued, Brewery and the Beast was a sell-out hit this past weekend. From compressed pig's head snacks to tomahawk ribs, Eater Vancouver was on hand to capture the action. There has been an inspirational outpouring of support from the Canadian bartender community for one of Vancouver's own this past few days. The Fairmont Pacific Rim's Grant Sceney is currently down to the last six at the World Class Bartender contest in London right now. See what the Sceney Supporters have been up to and feel the love. [EVAN]

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