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Tom Douglas Closes New Restaurant After One Month; Massive Ice Cream Recall

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BELLTOWN Tom Douglas has closed Cantina Leña after just one month. Residents of the Martin Apartments where the Tom Douglas restaurant is located complained about poor ventilation from the cantina's 16-foot roasting pit. Douglas plans to open a new concept in the space in the spring, and move Cantina Leña elsewhere.

TEMPORARY SHUTTERS A Snoqualmie Ice Cream recall has forced the temporary closure of all Molly Moon's Ice Cream and Full Tilt Ice Cream locations. The voluntary recall impacts Snoqualmie's "entire year of product after bacteria was found in its facility." The ice cream, sorbet, and gelato company supplies grocery stores in 14 states and more than 40 retailers and restaurants in the Seattle-area. Two men have reported illnesses after eating products recalled by Snoqualmie, according to Washington State officials. Both were hospitalized and are now recovering.

POP-UPS DinnerLab launches its insanely popular, members-only pop-ups in Seattle. Originating in New Orleans, DinnerLab pairs up-and-coming chefs from the cities' popular restaurants with diners looking for a fun, out-of-the-ordinary experience. Dinners regularly sell out within minutes, and tickets for DinnerLab events in New York have a wait list of 5,000 people. Already in cities including Austin and L.A., DinnerLab is launching in Seattle with their first event on February 27.