Mt Bagel has set up its new location in Ballard for deliveries, with takeout coming down the line. | Mt Bagel [Official Photo]
Plus, Ethan Stowell plans to open a Tavolata in Spokane, and longtime U District dive College Inn Pub gets a reprieve after announcing closure
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Mt Bagel Starts Deliveries at Brand New Ballard Kitchen
Mt Bagel — the popular bagel purveyor that started as a humble Instagram-based business — has opened up its new Ballard bakery for limited service. The shop started up deliveries again this week, after taking a hiatus to prep the new place, and is now accepting preorders every Monday at noon. As owner Roan Hartzog has said, the space — Mt Bagel’s first fixed location — will allow the bakery to serve more bagels per day (about 480 vs the previous 350) and try out new flavors. Eventually, Hartzog hopes to add takeout to his services, but for now, fans will have to keep their browsers ready every week for the preorders, which go fast (the bagels are currently sold out through October 2).
Ethan Stowell Plans to Open a Spokane Location of Tavolata
One prominent Seattle restaurateur is heading east. Ethan Stowell announced Tuesday that he’s planning to open a new location of his longtime Italian restaurant Tavolata in Spokane. The new spot — tentatively scheduled to open in early 2021 — will be at 221 N Wall Street, near Riverfront Park, and have a large interior space, with seating for 172, plus a patio. Many of the same menu items from the Seattle-based Tavolata spots should appear at the Spokane version, including a range of pastas and proteins, such as the pappardelle with beef and pork ragu. This follows Stowell’s expansion this month of both Tavolata and his Mediterranean restaurant How to Cook a Wolf into two more Seattle neighborhoods (Wallingford and Madison Park, respectively).
Looks Like College Inn Pub Will Be Saved by New Owners
Just a couple of months after announcing that it would shut its doors, longtime U District favorite College Inn Pub has new stewards that want to bring it back. As reported by Estey Chen of UW publication The Daily, longtime restaurant and bar industry veterans Jen Gonyer-Donohue, Al Donohue, and Seth Howard joined forces to purchase the bar after an outpouring of support for the venue over the summer, when the closure was revealed, and are already planning its revival. According to the article, the new owners want to open the pub back up during phase three of Washington’s “safe start” reopening plan, although it’s unclear when that will be. They intend to give the spot a refresh and remodel, while still preserving its divey spirit.