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Greenwood Restaurants Recover After Explosion

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Old Ballard Liquor Co.
Old Ballard Liquor Co.
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GREENWOOD—Following the Greenwood gas explosion in March that leveled Mr. Gyros, Neptune Coffee, and a Quik Stop convenience store and damaged many other area establishments, the neighborhood is slowly but surely picking up the pieces. Many places, like Hummus Cafe and Chaco Canyon, have already returned to normal, replacing storefront windows and carrying on. Others have a longer road ahead. Here are updates on a few affected restaurants and bars.

BALLARD—Despite Ballard's historical link to Scandinavia, there's a lack of Scandinavian restaurants in the neighborhood. Recognizing this, Old Ballard Liquor Company has opened a cafe inside its distillery facility on Shilshole Ave NW. The concept is intended to be a more casual complement to the popular Tumble Swede pop-up held by the distillery's owners every few months.

CENTRAL DISTRICT—Last month, Eater reported on the closing of Central District cult favorite The Barbeque Pit, a fixture at 25th and Cherry since 2010. There's no word on that move yet but the neighborhood can take solace in a new development for the space. There are signs of life in the building that has housed a barbecue restaurant of one kind or another since the 1950s. Signs on the windows say that tradition will continue with Frank's Smoked BBQ.