Welcome to CascadiaWire, a weekly collection of restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.
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SEATTLE— News broke yesterday that after eight short months, Aragona, the downtown Spanish concept from Jason Stratton, is closing September 6. Best known for his successful Italian concepts Spinasse and Artusi on Capitol Hill, Stratton is bringing homemade pasta to the Aragona space, opening a new concept called Vespolina on September 8. Luckily, the stunning dining room will stay the same. [-ESEA-]
VICTORIA— A treasure chest of wonderful places to eat and drink, Victoria is well worth a visit, for a weekend away at least. This week's 48 Hours In Victoria: Where To Eat And Drink makes it easy to pick the perfect place. Whether that's a simple picnic and brunch or a slap-up dinner and cocktail flights, it's all included. [EVAN]
VANCOUVER— Sushi is a delight, but Japanese cuisine encompasses so much more. Eleven of the best places in the city to try something a little different are included in this week's map, including everything from Japanese omelets, to picked vegetables, to stews, currys, and noodles. Stepping out of the sushi box might be scary at first, but it's also guaranteed to be delicious. [EVAN]
SEATTLE— Eater Seattle uncovered its list of the city's 14 Most Anticipated Fall Restaurant Openings, including a slew of exciting projects on track to open between now and November. Here's details about a French-Vietnamese concept from a chef that's new to Seattle, a taco shop from one of the city's best-known restauranteurs, and more. [-ESEA-]
VANCOUVER— Chambar was more than a restaurant to many of its fans, and their decision to move into a new space and double their size was cause for quite a bit of anxiety. They finally opened their doors to the public this week, revealing the larger space and new patio dining. So far the reception has been positive, and the collective sigh of relief throughout the city is almost audible. [EVAN]