My Edmonds Restaurant News: Loft closed for repairs, Soup’s On opening delayed
The Loft closed … for now: There are rumors aplenty concerning The Loft, which opened five years ago but has closed its doors for now. General manager Niko Raptis – formerly of Portofino Pizza and Pasta – posted a notice on the Loft’s Facebook page that the restaurant/bar will be opening soon, and a notice on the front door says it’s closed for repairs and remodeling.
“We are going to do some changes in the kitchen area and the plumbing because we had some major issues during the flash flood,” Raptis told me. “I’m planning to open again by the end of the month if everything goes according to plan.”
Can’t wait. Great coffee, drinks and one of the best outdoor spots in town make it a big plus for Edmonds.
Speaking of plumbing: You’ll to wait a bit longer to try Soup’s On Café at Five Corners, next to Bar Dojo. Manager Theresa Williams, who originally planned to open in mid-September, says plumbing issues set the place back for a couple of weeks. “We are getting our equipment installed next week and hope to open about a week or two after that.”
Breakfast in Edmonds: Breakfast is my favorite meal, and no one was happier than this guy when the Rusty Pelican Café opened in Edmonds in March 2012. It was the second location for Peter and Marilyn Limberopoulos, who opened their first Rusty Pelican Café in Wallingford. In May, they opened another Rusty Pelican, this one in Mill Creek. They also own Gyro Delight in Lynnwood. (Mix both restaurants – try the Greek Omelette, stuffed with gyro meat and spinach, olives and tomatoes, topped with a shaking of feta cheese.)
Big portions make the Pelican a great place to chow down in Edmonds, either for breakfast or lunch (it’s open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week). Its location by the fountain, at 107 Fifth Ave. N, which formerly housed Michael Young’s Olives Cafe and Wine Bar and later Il Buffone, is convenient.
The Rusty Pelican is always looking for good causes to support. On Sept. 29, it supplied desserts at the Edmonds Theater for a screening of a film to build support for efforts to free Lolita, a killer whale in captivity in Florida.
Oooh…salami: Epulo Bistro is now curing its own salami. Haven’t tried it yet – wonder if it’s as good as the legendary Salumi in Seattle. Let me know your thoughts if you try it!
How many pizzas can you eat in one year?: Garlic Jim’s on Edmonds Way is having a contest where the winner get free pizza for a year. Check their Facebook page for more details. Question: If you win, will you share with friends?
That’s loyalty: Walnut Street Coffee has its share of fans who gather for good brew and lively conversation. If you’re a regular, it’s a good bet that Amy Siegel knows your order by heart. Amy just recently celebrated her fifth anniversary at the little brown coffee shop. Thanks for your coffee – and your smile!
A long time for Scott’s: Congratulations to Scott’s Bar & Grill, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary. I’ve been there several times and have always been satisfied. Great bar, too, and a lively place to watch the Seahawks. It’s now offering an “Eat, drink and earn rewards” Oktoberfest promotion through the end of the month. Check out Scott’s website for more info.
El Girasol is not Girasol’s: Remember Girasol Mexican Restaurant on Edmonds Way opposite PCC? I went there a few times and enjoyed the food and the restaurant’s unique nooks and crannies. It’s been gone for a while now, so when I saw the new El Girasol on Highway 99 and 208th in Lynnwood, I thought maybe the owners had reopened at a new location. Nope. A call confirmed the Lynnwood restaurant has nothing to do with the former Edmonds restaurant.
By the way, “girasol” means “sunflower” in Spanish.
Oh, fudge: Birdie and Brad Nestor’s Edmonds Fudge inside Nama’s Candy Store is no longer selling its sweet stuff. “Our lives got crazy early this year, and we had to stop making it. Drats. Been to Nama’s recently? I love the ever-present free samples and always-wonderful window displays. (Hey, and it’s a great stop after lunch at the Rusty Pelican across the street!)
Frosted Cupcakes and Cakes is still doing business inside Nama’s. Going strong, too, having recently celebrated its third anniversary.
Best of Edmonds: Have you voted for your favorite Edmonds restaurant yet? The nominations are in for Best of Edmonds 2013, co-sponsored by My Edmonds News and EdmondsDeals.com. Voting closes at midnight, Oct. 23. You can vote every day, but only once a day. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1. To vote for your favorites, go to edmondsdeals.com/best-of-edmonds-2013/.
Another reason to love Five Bistro: A disclaimer on the menu – “Some of our ingredients contain raw eggs which may kill you someday. We also serve seafood which may also harm you in some way that you may or may not recover from. For those that consume under-cooked foods, some will end up stronger, some will die. Careful crossing the street and enjoy life.”
New fall menus: Both Epulo and Demetris have new drinks and new fall menus. Let me know what’s good!
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