My Edmonds Restaurant News: ChurchKey Pub set to open Monday; Starbucks rumors

ChurchKey grand opening Monday: Trevor Miller, co-owner of the new ChurckKey Pub, says the business plans a grand opening on Monday and will be alive and kicking for New Year’s Eve. “We’re very excited,” he said. “We’re dealing with little details and are hanging up the last picture here and there.”

Hours are still being finalized, but Miller says they could look like this: 3-11 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays, noon-1 a.m. Saturdays, and noon-11 p.m. Sundays.

ChurchKey Pub

For a closer look at ChurchKey Pub, check out the last My Edmonds News column.

Rumors, rumors: A rumor is a rumor until it’s not. Starbucks is the source of two big ones being discussed around town. The first is that the busy store by the fountain will expand by knocking down a wall and expanding into the space formally occupied by Gallery North before the business moved to 401 Main St. That space, by the way, is vacant. Hmmm.

Another one has Starbucks building a new site on Edmonds Way next to the soon-to-open Walgreens, former home of Robin Hood Lanes. The rumor also notes that the Starbucks by Bartell Drugs would close. Stephen Clifton, Community Services and Economic Development Director for Edmonds, confirms that the city has not received any building permit applications from Starbucks.

An email to Starbucks public relations about the possibility of Starbucks by Walgreens got the following response: “We cannot confirm any plans for a new store opening in Edmonds, Washington. We are always looking for ways to better meet the needs of our customers; however, we do not have any additional information to share at this time.”

Of course, anyone out there with valid info, on or off the record, can shoot me an email.

Tully lovers, unite: The closing of Tully’s on Fifth Avenue South, now occupied by Café Louvre, is still mourned by many. There is a Tully’s in Edmonds, inside the TOP Food and Drug on Highway 99. But those who need their Tully’s fix downtown should head to Red Petal at 321 Main St., which opened in April 2012. The store has partnered with Tully’s to serve its coffee exclusively.

“I love Tully’s coffee, always have,” says owner Glenda Garcia, who adds that she’d always grab a coffee from Tully’s on Fifth. “I’m honored to have partnered with Tully’s and very excited to be able to serve our community with the Pacific Northwest finest fully handcrafted coffee.”

Red Petal doesn’t just serve coffee, of course. It’s known for its amazing cupcakes, its fresh baked goods, cozy environment, free WiFi, and daily soup specials. Red Petal, as you may know, is also a venue for Edmonds Tunes, a weekly music and comedy showcase on Fridays. Ironically, the other site for Edmonds Tunes is Café Louvre.

bardojoNew Year’s Eve: What’s your favorite spot for New Year’s Eve? Wherever it is, you might want to make sure you call ahead and see if reservations are accepted. Bar Dojo at Five Corners looks like it will have something special on the menu for $55 per person. Here are some highlights/options from chef Shubert Ho’s four-course meal: soft shell crab bisque, yellow tail sashimi, vegetable tempura, filet mignon, seared duck breast, smoked tea chocolate mousse, sesame gelato affogato.

An optional four-course wine pairing is available for $24 extra. Seatings are at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.

DSCN8749Vatika closing?: Hard to know what’s going on Vatika Indian Cuisine at 102 Main St., the former home of Skippers. It’s not open, and the inside is a wreck. A phone call wasn’t answered, so it could be closing or closed for a remodel. Anyone have the inside scoop? Shoot me an email.

Artwork at Soup’s On Café: The new Soup’s On Café at Five Corners is now featuring the artwork of Leah Rene Welch, an Edmonds resident. Her work is displayed and is also for sale. To check out her work, go to to see her collections and prices.

Calling all writers and storytellers: Café Louvre is looking for writers and storytellers to share their newest works with a sympathetic audience in warm and comfortable surroundings. Story Time is 4-5 p.m. Sunday year-round. Writers and storytellers are given 10 minutes to read or tell their stories, followed by a 5-minute Q&A with the audience. The event is moderated by Edmonds Art Walk director and novelist Jeff Stilwell. To schedule time, call Jeff at 425-776-3778.

Chopsticks, still going strong: I had the pot stickers, won ton soup, orange flavored beef and prawns with lobster sauce recently at Chopsticks in Westgate. Yum. Although restaurants and bars may come and go in Edmonds, Chopsticks is one example of a restaurant, owned by Terry and Ling Woo, that must be doing something right and has definitely found its audience.

After 41 years on 100th Avenue W. 2002, Chopsticks was torn down and eventually replace by Bartell Drugs. It reopened across the street a year later, at 23025 100th Ave. W., where Angie’s and Bickfords Steak House used to be. Has any restaurant been in Edmonds longer? This year, Chopsticks celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Juiced at Walnut: Walnut Street Coffee is now serving Oregon-based organic Columbia Gorge juices, whose motto is “Farm to Bottle.” If you’re a fan, you can also find the juice at PCC in Westgate.

Brian Soergel
Brian Soergel

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  1. We ate at the ChurchKey Pub tonight, Jan. 7th. The food is delicious. I had the grilled cheese with sage and apple and a cup of ginger carrot soup. My husband had the grilled Reuben. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. A great addition to Edmonds!

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