My Edmonds Restaurant News: Vatika to reopen as Copper Pot Indian Bar and Grill

Vakita IndianVatika India Cuisine by the ferry, the former home of Skippers, has been sold to VK Padmanabha, who is remodeling the space and will reopen as Copper Pot Indian Bar and Grill, specializing in south Indian food. Padmanabha is shooting for an opening date of Feb. 15.

In addition to extensive renovations inside, the new owner says an expanded patio area will take advantage of the restaurant’s amazing view of Puget Sound. Padmanabha, a Redmond resident, has extensive experience as a restaurateur. He currently runs Udupi Café in Bellevue, which he had previously called Royal India Cuisine. He’s also owned Mysore Masala in Redmond and Navya Lounge in Seattle’s Rainier Square Building, both of which are now closed.

Update on The Loft: Owner Niko Raptis says The Loft will reopen, but has not committed to a date or time frame. Since it’s closed, any specials offered by Amazon, which you can view online with a “sold out” tag, are not valid.

Adria Ferris, Pagliacci general manager, and the new slice bar.
Adria Ferris, Pagliacci general manager, and the new slice bar. (Photo by Brian Soergel)

Two free slices at Pagliacci Pizza: Earlier this month, Pagliacci Pizza on Edmonds Way unveiled a pizza-by-the-slice bar. To celebrate, it will be giving away two free slices per person on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. What’s a slice bar? It’s pizza-by-the-slice with a selection of pizzas for customers to choose from to take individual slices to go or eat in the dining room.

Pagliacci also now offers a soda happy hour, where customers get a free soda (or pop, as many of us call it) with two slice purchases Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Pagliacci began tossing pizza in Edmonds on March 21, 2006. (Hard to believe it’s almost been eight years, right?) Its 21st location, the only one outside King County, provides delivery service to Edmonds and parts of Lynnwood and Shoreline.

Tip the valet, take a date to Epulo for Valentine’s Day: Providence Cicero of The Seattle Times, an online news partner for My Edmonds News, recently published a list of “2013 Date Night Dining Awards” as submitted by a couple of regular readers, Eric and Diana Denson, a foodie couple who shy from exposure but will say they live in South Snohomish County.

Here’s what the Densons said about Epulo Bistro, the only restaurant on their list from our neck of the woods: “Surprise, Surprise: Epulo Bistro. Never expected to find anything this good in Snohomish County. A great option for a weeknight date night.”

“We’ve really enjoyed it every time we’ve gone there,” Eric Denson told My Edmonds News. “The food is great and the service is good. We always recommend it to people who come to the area.”

We’ll have more on Valentine’s Day in a later column, but if you’re thinking about Epulo, hurry to reserve your table now on its website. Expect a per person dinner with several courses. In addition, you can opt for valet parking to avoid the tough stretch on Main between Fifth and Sixth streets. It’s free, but don’t forget to tip your valet.

At long last, Soup's On Cafe is open at Five Corners! The address is 8402 Bowdoin Way and the phone is 425-670-1616. Hours are 10:30 am.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. They will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Soup’s On Café lowers prices: Soup’s On Café at Five Corners, which opened in late November, has lowered its prices. The large bowl is $7.75, small $5.75, and cup $3.75. A homemade roll comes with both small and large sizes. In addition, the café has added a soup and sandwich special for $10.25, and a soup and salad special for $7.75. Also now offered: a small ($6.75) and large ($8.75) chef salad. A package deal, including a coup of soup, side salad, and sandwich, is $11.95.

A new Portofino: Portofino Pizza & Pasta closed on Jan. 13 for remodeling and plans to reopen Jan. 24. For updates, go to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Go Hawks!: For some ideas on where to catch the Seahawks-49ers game on Sunday, check out a list of hot spots provided by Natalie Covate last week.

New art at Walnut this weekend only: Moroccan artist Rachid Hanbali has some beautiful artwork on display at Walnut Street Coffee. You’d better hurry on down, though. Walnut gets the display from Helen Inman by way of Edmonds travel guru Rick Steves’ “Test a Tour Guide” travel festival this week in town.

Want to work at Walnut? Do you have at least a year’s experience as a barista, are available weekends, have a passion for great coffee, and love Edmonds? Contact owner Pam Stuller at

Bar Dojo tapas: Sunday is tapas night at Bar Dojo, which now features a back-lighted bar. Always ask your server for more additions when you visit. A recent night included miso pork belly salad and ginger lemon garlic mussels. Standards include red curry chicken tacos, vegetable rice bowl with fried egg, spicy cucumber salad, braised short rib bahn mi, chicken ramen and prawn congee.

brian soergel— By Brian Soergel

Restaurant owners: Got a new menu? Plan a remodel? Doing something good in the community? Any news, thoughts, or tips on the restaurant scene in Edmonds, from restaurateurs and eaters alike, are appreciated. Shoot an email to

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