My Edmonds Restaurant News: Denny’s coming back Dec. 12

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Denny’s ETA is Dec. 12: Looks like you won’t have to wait long for your Grand Slam, free coffee refills and the Moons Over My Hammy omelet.

Denny’s on Aurora and 205th (8431 244th St. S.W.) has set an opening ETA of Dec. 12. Denny’s, you’ll recall, closed a few years back and was replaced by America’s Diner, which promptly shut down as well. The reopened Denny’s will need staff, and an ad is out on Craigslist for all positions: dishwashers, host/hostess, servers, cooks, and management.

Main Street Burgers returning?: Speaking of comebacks, it looks like Main Street Burgers, or some form of it, may be returning – with spirits. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has received a liquor license application from “50’s Burger Bar, LLC.”

It was in September 2011 that Joe Bellingham, son of Edmonds Bakery owner Ken Bellingham, opened up his burger joint, celebrated a one-year anniversary, and closed.

Some trivia – Main Street Burgers wasn’t the Bellinghams’ first venture at the site, which the family owns at 414 Main St. For eight months in 2008 and 2009, the address was the home of Sandy B’s, a ’50s-style sit-down restaurant named for Joe’s mom and Ken’s wife, Sandy Bellingham.

Old-timers will recall that, before that, it was Edmonds West Tavern. If you want to go further back than that, you’ll have to ask a local historian. Is Larry Vogel around?

Comeback part three, sort of: After a couple of months of fits and starts, Will Carhuff and Theresa Williams say that their Soup’s On Café at Five Corners will have its grand opening the third week of November. For those keeping score, that’s next week. They say they’ll honor the coupons from a recent ValuSaver that offered $2 off a package deal (regular salad, full sandwich, eight-ounce mug of soup) and half-off a dessert with any purchase of $6 or more from the soup, salad and sandwich menu.

A more spacious Anthony's Beach Cafe.
A more spacious Anthony’s Beach Cafe.

Bigger Beach Café: Anthony’s Beach Café is bigger and better than ever. As My Edmonds News has reported, its streamlined renovation includes much more seating space inside along its western side, all with great views. The Beach Café supports local artists, and you can see new pieces scattered about the premises.

Come summer, when the restaurant is packed on a sunny day, there will be much more room for outdoor seating, as well. And the sandbox remains. Hmmm, I can smell those fish tacos already.

Demetris wins again: Congratulations to Demetris Woodstone Taverna, which, for the third year in a row, won in the category of Best Tapas in the Best of Western Washington poll by “Evening Magazine.” A hearty congratulations to Sofeea Huffman and executive chef and partner Clara Gutierrez. By the way, Demetris debuted guitarist Rafael Vargas and traditional Flamenco dancing last Friday. If you haven’t visited Demetris recently … well, you just should.

Speaking of winners: Want to see the full list of winners from Best of Edmonds 2013? Go to this link. A big congratulations to all the winners, and for all readers who gave their input.

colonialpantryComfort food: I finally made it to the Colonial Pantry for breakfast, and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. The longtime (27 years) restaurant does not have a website, has no presence on Facebook, and even if it did, there’s no Wi-Fi inside. So just forget the cell, huh?

Al Hamedani’s Colonial Pantry may be slow to enter the 21st century, but its hospitality and comfort food never goes out of style. Three-egg fluffy omelets (try the Colonial Supreme, diced bacon with sausage, with hash browns and toast or English muffins), buttermilk waffles and pancakes, and lunch and dinner to boot. Regulars are greeted by name and hugs, prices are low, and the bathrooms are spotless.

Edmonds has a true gem in Firdale Village.

New happy hour: Edmonds’ newest happy hour doesn’t have anything to do with beer, wine, or spirits. Revelations Yogurt and Dessert Bar recently introduced its first happy hour. It was a bowl of tamale soup and an eight-ounce froyo for just $7. The soup, of course, is gluten- and dairy-free, reports Debbie Duvall.

And kudos to Revelations for helping feed homeless students in the Edmonds School District. It’s supporting more than 250 kids with pre-packaged food donations.

Holiday flavors: Yes, the holidays are approaching, and you can sport seasonal flavors around town. After you sip that eggnog latte, try an Eggnog Gelato at Canarino Gelato. Delicious!

Help for Thanksgiving from Epulo: Epulo Bistro will be donating two boxes with Thanksgiving dinner ingredients to local families in need. Know a family that needs support? Go to Epulo’s Facebook page and send a private message. Two names will be selected Nov. 23.

Sweet 16: Congratulations to David and Ruth Arista of Arista Wine Cellars, which recently celebrated its 16th anniversary. Also, shout outs to employee David Clayton and the lord of manor, Emmit the dog.

Edmonds Tunes tonight: Have you checked out the great live music at Café Louvre and Red Petal Coffee House? It’s part of Edmonds Tunes, which brings music Friday nights from 6-8. No cover charge. At Café Louvre, you can also hear poet Sheri Lavay Nov. 21 as part of the new Edmonds Poet Walk, an expansion of the Edmonds Third Thursdy Art Walk. Lavay will read her poetry at 7 p.m.

Those interested in performing for Edmonds Tunes can contact event scheduler Manya Vee at [email protected]. More information is available at Facebook.com/EdmondsTunes, or (425) 776-3778.

Big Mac update: We heard that the grand opening for the new McDonald’s on Edmonds Way will be happening very soon — stay tuned for more details

— By Brian Soergel

Brian Soergel
Brian Soergel

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