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Opal in Queen Anne Closing...what's next?

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TacoBusHound Nov 24, 2009 04:13 PM

I saw the notice a few weeks ago and there appears to be a sign of another business moving in. Does anyone know what that will be this time? Any word on the Vincenzo space?

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    bluedog67 Feb 5, 2010 10:12 AM

    "Flow" is now open. Still owned by Orrapin. No major interior changes. The hostess said everything was different, but it feels pretty much the same.

    Saw a sign that Sorrentino's is changing hands - "Enza" to replace it - anyone have news?

    Any news on Buongusto/Vincenzos space?

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      dagoose Feb 5, 2010 10:23 AM

      Enza is in the same hands, new concept.

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        bluedog67 Feb 5, 2010 10:57 AM

        Seems to be a recurring theme, like opal. thanks for the info. will be itnerested to see if it is any better, i am currently not a fan.

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        not the bad Steve Feb 5, 2010 01:55 PM

        What's on the menu @ Flow?

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          bluedog67 Feb 11, 2010 03:17 PM

          mostly small plates. seared scallops, salads, a beef skewer. i think it had a few large plates. specialty cocktail list and wine by the glass. nothing that made me want to rush in to try, but nothing to say it wouldn't be good. she said they were trying to be more of a cocktail lounge than a restaurant. the interior looked mostly the same. there was a couch area that was new, but overall vibe very similar.

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            eight_inch_pestle Jul 14, 2010 06:47 PM

            Mostly small plates. Some better than others. We've had some good fried calimari, especially for the price. The pork satay was pretty good, too. I've only had either once, but I would pass on the spring rolls and pot stickers.

            I disagree with bluedog67 insofar as it feeling pretty much the same as Opal. It definitely gives off the vibe of cocktail lounge now. This is good news for Queen Anne, since our cocktail options are incredibly depressing. And the tables outside offer the best people-watching views on top of the hill. I will say that the place has a better chance of succeeding as a lounge if it tears out that wall separating the bar/dais from the rest of the room.

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            yoyo11 Feb 8, 2010 08:03 AM

            The old Vincenzo's has a sign in the window saying some sort of Mexican place is coming. Can't remember exactly but it's called something like Techino.

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              mrnelso Oct 6, 2010 12:25 AM

              Tenoch

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              206 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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              mharris Apr 26, 2010 07:51 PM

              Absolutely love Enza! Sorrentino's was good, but you can really tell they changed up their menu and plans to really make this pop. Wonderful, home-made pastas, warm tasty bread and a very genuine and happy staff. Probably one of my top 3 Italian restaurants in the Seattle area :) I just recently checked out their take-out deli, La Mondellina, and it was great, too! Super fresh Italian food to go...just what the doctor ordered :)

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              2128 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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              ms sonja Feb 10, 2010 12:46 PM

              Tenoch Mexican Grill is moving into the old Vincenzo's space: http://www.queenanneview.com/2009/12/...

              There's already one location at 208 5th Ave S (not 8th Ave S like the blog says), it's at the border where downtown meets the international district and is a very popular/busy lunch spot (I eat there on a regular basis). I imagine the new place will also be a casual, inexpensive eatery, with very decent food.

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                mrnelso Feb 10, 2010 01:48 PM

                Any idea what will take over the Tenoch space?

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                  bluedog67 Jul 8, 2010 02:21 PM

                  We have now tried Tenoch twice. Nothing amazing, but everything was tasty and they are good with kids, and the deck is a nice spot during this great weather. I think the food is more authentic mexican (i am no expert, but it seems less like azteca and more like family cooking). Prices reasonable.

                  Saw the old Peet's space is leased. Any one know what is moving in?

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                  Tenoch
                  206 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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                    bluedog67 Oct 5, 2010 03:42 PM

                    HomeGrown moving in to old Peet's space....any other QA news?

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                      eight_inch_pestle Oct 6, 2010 12:43 AM

                      Tried Tenoch a couple of times. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Fresh ingredients, slightly underseasoned. The first time we were there, the server brought out the wrong filling in the gf's enchiladas. We were sitting outside on the patio, and the server left my plate on the table while the gf's plate was redone. Needless to say, by the time my girl's order was fixed my food was cold. And then we had to (I hope kindly) remind our server that neither of us had napkins or flatware. Also found the margaritas icy and weak for the price.

                      You can tell they're making an effort to be something more than the melted cheese and sour cream heavy Tex-Mex that would be a goldmine on top of the hill, though, so we'll probably give them another try. They're making an effort at food with integrity, and hopefully they'll work the kinks out soon.

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                      Tenoch
                      206 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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                        lavaca Oct 6, 2010 12:58 PM

                        I don't really understand the angle Tenoch is going for The menu includes many dishes that are relatively exotic for Seattle, but all three meat preparations I tried were bland despite bright colors and the tacos come with several dubious toppings (mixed greens, for example) unless you tell them otherwise. Weird.

                2. Windy Oct 6, 2010 11:25 AM

                  I never ate at Opal when he cooked there, but had an incredible dinner last month at Thistle, Eric Bechard's restaurant in McMinnville, Oregon. Four hours isn't too far to drive for great oysters and tartare.

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