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Tom Douglas's Carlile Room Opening July 1; Restaurateurs Talk About New Minimum Wage

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DOWNTOWN It's official. Tom Douglas will indeed name his newest restaurant after favorite singer Brandi Carlile, and it's set to open right across from the Paramount (9th and Pine) in less than two months. Expect three-course menus designed to get theater-goers in and out easily before show time, as well as à la carte veggie dishes — "We're going all out on veggies," Douglas says — and meat plates meant to be shared family style. There will also be a cheese bar, appetizers aplenty, and a hearty dessert selection for post-theater sweet cravings.

CONTROVERSIES Seattle's new minimum wage ordinance has been in effect for six weeks now, and Eater has asked six chefs to weigh in on how it's affecting their business and what they plan to do moving forward. And they're also asking you to weigh in on the forums.

POP-UPS — Epic Ales brewer Cody Morris and Gastropod chef Travis Kukull are opening a new restaurant-brewery, Mollusk, in South Lake Union later this year. While Morris will split his time at the two spots, Kukull is leaving Gastropod forever to oversee the goings on at Mollusk. Two local chefs will battle it out for the lead spot in Gastropod's miniscule but well-respected kitchen. They'll cook pop-up dinners later this month, and diners will receive voting cards to select their favorite. The dinners will run May 19 through May 23, and May 25 through 29.

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