Welcome to CascadiaWire, a weekly collection of restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.
WEST SEATTLE—Popular West Seattle restaurant Cassis has closed, with stated plans to reopen somewhere that is not West Seattle. The restaurant shuttered on December 18, with a note on its website that says "due to unexpected events, we have closed our doors. We will see you soon in a new location." The restaurant is now working on its third spot; it opened in West Seattle after a long run on Capitol Hill.
SOUTH LAKE UNION—The Mamnoon owners are busy. They're planning a rooftop bar, a street-food spot, and now a juice bar called Anar on Amazon's new 6th Avenue Doppler Campus. The ventures will join a new Marination location, which just opened there, and a forthcoming Skillet outpost. Anar will focus on the "ancient traditions of juice and vegetarian dishes." We've got more details over at Eater Seattle.
WALLINGFORD—It's been almost two years since word first spread about Seamonster Lounge's next door expansion into the bones of La Boulangerie. Finally, the Wallingford venue is ready to celebrate the grand opening of its new space on January 1, 2016 — with their Friday $5 cover "Funky 2 Death" show, no less. Seamonster can now hold 220 people—a big step up from the prior 50-person capacity—and has two bars, two balconies, and side views of the stage, as well as plenty of additional nooks and crannies. Look for an expansion of the locally sourced bar menu to include brunch items. Eventually, breakfast and lunch will add to the mix as well.