Welcome to CascadiaWire, a weekly collection of restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.
INTERBAY—With hopes of opening this summer—dependent, of course, on the teeth-pulling process that is obtaining permitting and licensing—Figurehead Brewing is in the works near the Fishermen's Terminal. Figurehead will brew on a relatively small seven-barrel system next to a 30-seat taproom, concentrating on English ales like ordinary, special, and extra special bitters, as well as Belgian-style beers, with the goal of making low alcohol pub-style offerings and concentrating on malts and yeasts as opposed to the hop-forward beers so common in the Northwest these days.
BALLARD—The long and winding story of Paseo and Un Bien is getting another chapter: Un Bien will take over the former Paseo outpost on Seaview Avenue, which has been vacant since "Paseogate" went down in late 2014. The new Un Bien should open this summer; meanwhile, if you need a refresher on the drama, Eater Seattle has a handy recap.
CAT CAFE MANIA—The race to become Seattle's second cat cafe recently lost a participant: Kitty Kafe is no longer in the works after an unsuccessful fundraising attempt on Kickstarter. That leaves Neko, which has set its sights on Capitol Hill and hopes to open this spring. Neko will join ridiculously popular and perpetually booked Seattle Meowtropolitan, which opened in Wallingford on December 18.