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


Lodge Sports Grille opens in Greenwood

September 2nd, 2015 by Doree

The Lodge Sports Grille has opened at the corner of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

This is the local chain’s sixth restaurant. It has 48 beers on tap. Greenwood Lodge opens at 11 a.m. daily. Click here to access the restaurant’s menu, happy hour menu and list of beers.

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Preserve and Gather café opening this fall at 85th & 6th

July 13th, 2015 by Doree

Preserve and Gather café hopes to open this fall in the new building at the northeast corner of NW 85th Street and 6th Avenue NW.

From their website:

We will be serving skillfully prepared coffee and artisan tea while crafting sweet and savory baked goods grounded in tradition and reminiscent of childhood. Beyond morning offerings, we will bring together pairings of the best cured meats and cheeses the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Topping it all off with the bounty of the seasons saved in the form of preserves, pickles and spreads.

Thanks to Rachel for the tip!

Update July 15: We heard back from the café’s owners, Kayla Blincow and Tess Smedley, and wanted to share some of their background and information.

We are hoping to open later this fall. Our concept for the cafe is focused on espresso/coffee (we’ll be using Conduit Coffee Roasters), tea, baked in house pastries, light fare breakfast and lunch (yogurt, granola, toast and salads). We also plan on serving a few selections of local beer and wine to go with our meat/cheese/pickle/preserve boards. The pickles and preserves will be made in house.

We met working in the food industry and bonded over our love of home canning, baking scones and having a good espresso. Kayla has degrees in Art and Drafting but her work background has always been in coffee, she’s been a barista for the past decade and has always dreamed of having her own cafe. Tess has a degree in Environmental Science but has worked in restaurants and cafes for 10 years. She is passionate about home grown and locally sourced food and finding ways to save and enjoy it throughout the year.

We’ll also be launching a Kickstarter campaign in September to assist in the building out costs. There will be great prizes, a lot of which can be redeemed in the cafe once we’re open. Come and peek in if you’re walking by, we can’t wait to meet everyone!

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North Star Diner & Shanghai Room to open next week

July 9th, 2015 by Doree

North Star Diner and Shanghai Room bar will open next week at 8580 Greenwood Ave. N., where Yen Wor Garden used to be. The exact date and time is in flux as they finish up renovations.

North Star Diner will be a classic 24-hour neighborhood diner with traditional and new American diner food, including breakfast and lunch all day, dinners, milkshakes and baked goods. The interior will be a nod to the building’s long history of housing Chinese restaurants.

The adjacent Shanghai Room bar, open 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, will offer alcoholic drinks and karaoke every night for patrons 21 and over.

You can follow North Star Diner on Facebook, as well as the Shanghai Room.

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Owners of RockCreek in Fremont opening new restaurant at 85th and Greenwood

May 5th, 2015 by Doree

Eric Donnelly and Christy Given, owners of Fremont’s popular RockCreek restaurant, have leased the former Antika space at 85th and Greenwood for a new restaurant.

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The 5,243-square-foot space at 8421 Greenwood Ave. N. is currently undergoing about $75,000 in renovations, according to a Seattle Department of Planning and Development permit.

Given told me by email today that they will release more information on the restaurant’s name and type of food served later this month. Stay tuned!

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Coyle’s Bakeshop opening in Greenwood on March 13

March 5th, 2015 by Doree

Coyle’s Bakeshop plans to open at 8300 Greenwood Ave. N. next Friday, March 13.


The shop’s hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday through Sunday of opening weekend. In addition to baked goods, the Bakeshop will serve espresso, light breakfast and lunch, and afternoon tea. You can follow updates and pictures of the inside on their Facebook page.

Coyle’s Bakeshop started as a pop-up bakery inside Fremont’s Book Larder in 2013 and proved to be very popular, with long lines on the weekends.

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Subway and Silverball Saloon coming to Greenwood

February 26th, 2015 by Doree

Subway is currently building out the space at 8530 Palatine Ave. N., in one of the newer buildings between Palatine and Greenwood avenues and along Morrow Lane.


This photo is looking east toward Greenwood Avenue.

According to signs in the window, Silverball Saloon will be opening at 8558 Greenwood Ave. N.


The saloon’s Facebook page says the Western-themed bar and arcade will have classic and current pinball and arcade games and a wide selection of local beers. They’re hoping for a spring opening.

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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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