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what's taking over the old TeaPot in Upper Queen Anne?

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broksonic Dec 7, 2008 10:10 AM

Now that TeaPot has moved into the old Tully's, anyone know what's taking over it's old spot? We could really use a ice cream place up here (since the old one closed last year). I would think a Molly Moon's-like place would do well up here. We definitely do not need another coffee shop on that corner!

On that note, any other rumors of restaurants going into any of the under-construction buildings - (the old Pasta and Co location, for example)?

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    TacoBusHound Jan 6, 2009 02:20 PM

    Just when I thought that Upper QA was getting some incredibly good spots (Wolf, Portage, Betty, Via Trib), we have stalled. I wonder how long Opal, Julia's and Vicenzo's can hang on in this very difficult location. Where is a kid friendly gastropub? If I knew anything about running a restaurant, I would open one myself.

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      malarkey Feb 1, 2009 04:19 PM

      Ooo, a gastropub would be awesome. Anyone been to Julia's yet? Isn't it pretty much a 5-Spot clone? It's been years since I've been to the one in Wallingford.... is it still there?

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        bluedog67 Feb 2, 2009 08:47 AM

        We went to Julia's last spring. I used to love the Wallingford one for breakfast when I lived in that neighborhood (10+ years ago). So we went for dinner and were underwhelmed. The food was not very good and not very cheap. Nothing horrific, I can't even remember many details. Thought it woudl be a good family spot, but but we were not intrigued to return.

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          TacoBusHound Feb 7, 2009 09:10 AM

          My wife refuses to step another foot in the door after a terrible food/service experience. The greens were limp and inexcusably overdressed, service slow and ambience a miss.

    2. Square Business Dec 10, 2008 10:37 AM

      I have been told there is yet another pizza place going in where the old hardware store was on QA Ave. (right next door to Betty). Supposedly, it is to be operated by the same folks who run Vincenzo's on the corner of QA Ave. and McGraw.

      Now that makes about a half-dozen (or more?) pizza places of varying types on top of QA Hill. What we really need is a decent Mexican place.

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        bluedog67 Dec 10, 2008 12:25 PM

        and ice cream!

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          BruceB Dec 11, 2008 12:32 AM

          and terikyaki!

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          cburnsi Dec 11, 2008 06:30 AM

          Does anyone go to Vincenzo's? It never seems busy there. I went there once when it first opened and had great service and a very mediocre meal. I haven't been back although I guess I should give it another try.

          For that matter, does anyone have a review on Sorentino? (next to the new TeaCup)

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            bluedog67 Dec 15, 2008 04:48 PM

            we stopped going to vincenzos after a year or 2 of hoping it would be better.

            we went to Sorentino once and food was mediocre at best, and service was terrible. we waited an hour for food, and no one apologized or offered any update. we never went back, but it was years ago. would like to know what others think.

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              stolenchange Jan 5, 2009 09:50 PM

              I went to Sorentino and was very underwhelmed. The waiter raved about the food being approved by the Italian grandmother and being authentic, but we found every dish to be very bland. And the service was inexplicably slow (the dining room was dead.) Plus the decor doesn't seem to match the menu. And overpriced food for what it was.

              So yeah, not impressed.

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              broksonic Dec 16, 2008 08:19 PM

              is Vincenzo's on McGraw shutting down, or is this in addition to?

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              broksonic Dec 7, 2008 03:55 PM

              I meant TeaCup, not TeaPot, by the way.

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                bluedog67 Dec 9, 2008 09:40 AM

                I have not heard anything, but would LOVE if MM moved in the neighborhood. I read they are looking to expand to a second location - we should put a bug in her ear!

                I heard from Pat (of Pat's on the Ave - our first ice cream loss) that a sandwich place is going in across from Ken's on McGraw in the Nail place. That will be a nice addition. He didn't know anything about TeaCup's space, but said it would be an expensive lease....

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                  broksonic Dec 9, 2008 08:57 PM

                  a good sandwich place would be nice.

                  There's also the Jamba Juice location opening up soon - so a couple of new places will be available.

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                    malarkey Dec 16, 2008 02:24 PM

                    bluedog, why did Pat close his shop? I've always wondered... and where is he now? I was a regular when he was still making coffee @ the T-way, and was a regular at his new spot till I realized I needed to stop spending $$ on lattes everyday.

                    I'm a little confused by some of these posts. When was the last time ya'll were up on QA? There already is a Jamba Juice on the ave, and the old Pasta & Co place was torn down to make room for the new building going up on that end of the block.

                    I thought the ice cream place kitty corner from the Met Mkt was still open.. no? I think eating ice cream when its cold & rainy out is crazy, but that's just me. What about that weird coffee/sandwich place by Sully's? I can't believe they're still hanging on. And Sully's for that matter...

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                      broksonic Dec 16, 2008 08:18 PM

                      Jamba Juice's last day is either today or tomorrow - it's shutting down.

                      The Pasta and Co question was about what's going into the new building that took over the old spot.

                      The ice cream place kitty corner from Met Market closed down over the summer, and nothing's come in yet.

                      The place next to Sully's just got new ownership; not sure too much about it otherwise.

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                        malarkey Dec 17, 2008 01:01 PM

                        Thanks broksonic. I was having reading comprehension problems yesterday... too much snot in my head LOL

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                      TacoBusHound Jan 6, 2009 02:14 PM

                      I saw an application for alcohol service so that is a good thing as well, although I must say that Ken's with the addition of Boars Head meats has a fairly fine sandwich lineup.

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