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BELLTOWN—Mama's Mexican Kitchen, a Belltown institution since 1974, will serve its last enchiladas on March 31. The building holding Seattle's oldest Mexican eatery was sold last March to a Chinese development firm and will be torn down in June to make way for an eight-story, 60-unit mixed-use development. Mama's storied run included serving high-profile customers like Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Eddie Vedder, and Nick Offerman.
PORT TOWNSEND—The wait is over for fans of Port Townsend's exciting Propolis Brewing, which has just opened the doors to its first taproom. Long a favorite of Seattle-area farmers markets, the brewery now has its own space to share its exciting line up of farmhouse and Old World ales made with foraged ingredients. The new tasting room is attached to a 15-barrel brewing system, much bigger and more official than the tiny one-barrel system shoehorned into a garage Horner and Corbett have been utilizing since they started the company in 2012.
DOWNTOWN—Nearly three years after its original announcement, it looks like New Jersey-based H Mart is finally making progress on the opening of its location in downtown Seattle in the former Nordstrom Rack space at 1601 Second Avenue. This means you can soon buy all manner of gochujang, Asian greens, noodles, rice, kimchi, MSG-laden snacks, and wondrous more, all in one convenient location downtown. About 40 percent of the items are Korean, and there are plenty of other Asian foods, plus fresh meat, seafood, and produce. Oh, and everything is ridiculously cheap.