A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe now open in Greenwood

February 25th, 2015 by Doree

Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe opened its doors at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N. today. The cafe specializes in locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.

The cafe also has locations in West Seattle and the U-District.

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The Lodge Sports Grille coming to 85th & Greenwood

February 23rd, 2015 by Doree

The Lodge Sports Grille will open its sixth restaurant in the former Greenwood Academy of Hair space at the northwest corner of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.


That space has been empty since the hair academy moved out in June of 2010.

The sports-themed restaurant is known for good pub food and plenty of taps. The chain currently has restaurants in downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square, Kirkland, Mill Creek and Mukilteo.

We’ve got a message in to them to find out more details, such as an opening date. We’ll keep you posted.

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Restaurant, business news roundup

February 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various restaurant and business news from around Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Violet Sweet Shoppe is closing its original University/Laurelhurst bakery on Feb. 18 because the property is being redeveloped. They’ll be operating solely out of their second location, a candy shop at 6410 Phinney Ave. N., which opened last fall, for a few months while they set up a new bakery location. (You can still place orders for cakes for pickup at the Phinney Ridge store.)

Modern Japanese Cuisine opened at 6108 Phinney Ave. N. last Friday with shorter hours this week, until its grand opening this Friday, Feb. 6. The restaurant is currently open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting Friday, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (the owners say they may extend this to 10 p.m.) You can get updates on hours and menu items on their FaceBook page. The restaurant serves Japanese French pastries, Japanese burgers, rice dishes, sushi, coffee and Japanese tea, sake and local beer. Phone is 206-420-4088.

We just found out that Cedar River Sake is brewed right here in Phinney Ridge, at 7410-B Greenwood Ave. N. That’s in the alley underneath Martino’s smoked meats, and where Lantern Brewing used to be before moving to more spacious digs in north Greenwood. Cedar River Sake’s brewery is open from 2-5 p.m. every Saturday for tours and tasting.

Mai Thaiku is celebrating its second anniversary at 6705 Greenwood Ave. N. in Phinney Ridge with a special anniversary menu through February and a daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Phone is 206-706-7807.

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Munch Café opening today in Greenwood

February 2nd, 2015 by Doree

Munch Café opened today at 8576 Greenwood Ave. N., in the space formerly occupied by The Box & Bottle and News Noodles. The cafe makes grilled specialty sandwiches, cold sandwiches, burgers, gluten free wraps, salads and desserts for sit down or take-out service. All menu items are $8.

They sent us a photo of their menu:


Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Phone is 206-687-7343. Check out their Facebook page for updates.

The café’s official grand opening will be this Saturday.

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Seattle Eater: Mo’s Sandwiches to be replaced by Japanese restaurant called Modern

October 9th, 2014 by Doree

Several people emailed us in the last few days to say that Mo’s Sandwiches, which opened in May at 6108 Phinney Ave. N., had already closed, and that a sign in the window announced a new Japanese restaurant would take over. Seattle Eater reports that the restaurant, named “Modern,” hopes to open before the end of the year.

Read Seattle Eater’s full announcement here.

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Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is TODAY! Eat out to help the hungry

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

The annual Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is today (Wednesday), raising money for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program. Dine at any of the 33 neighborhood restaurants, pubs or coffee shops any time today, and a portion of the sales will be donated to the program. Grab a coffee and pastry for breakfast, have lunch with your co-workers, then take the family out for dinner.

Participating businesses will have a colorful whirligig sign outside. And you can check the full list here.

If you’re not able to eat out today but still want to support the Hot Meal Program, you can send a check to the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.


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Chaco Canyon Organic Café coming to Greenwood

June 10th, 2014 by Doree

Chaco Canyon Organic Café is taking over the former Cobblestone Furniture space at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N. The restaurant currently has locations in the University District and West Seattle. They’re running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the new Greenwood location, which also will provide them with catering and wholesale space. (Their Kickstarter site won’t be live until later this week.)

They’re having a Kickstarter kickoff party from 6-8 p.m. this Friday at the Greenwood location with free food and drinks, music, games and prizes, and you can meet members of their partner farms.

They tell me they’re hoping for a fall opening, likely in October.

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Hecho Mexican restaurant opens in Phinney Ridge

March 25th, 2014 by Doree

Hecho Mexican restaurant, in the former Carmelita space at 7314 Greenwood Ave. N., opened its doors today, according to its Facebook page. Co-owner Chris Navarra also has his hand in Phinney eateries Prost!, The Ridge Pizza, and Martino’s, to name a few. (The restaurant was originally going to be called Vecino.)

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The Box and Bottle restaurant opening in Greenwood

March 10th, 2014 by Doree

The Box and Bottle restaurant is remodeling the space that used to house News Noodles, at 8576 Greenwood Ave. N. According to their Facebook page, the restaurant is by the owners of The Blue Glass on NW 65th and Evolution Revolution food truck and catering, and will be a “casual eat in or take out place, with seasonal housemade pastas, meats, lunches, dinners, hotsauces, Craft Beer and Wine to go and even locally made ice creams.”

Stay tuned for opening date information.

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