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Vessel's Back; High-Profile New Restaurants Abound

This week's top hits from Eater Seattle, Curbed's sibling bar, restaurant and nightlife blog...

DOWNTOWN—Craft cocktail destination Vessel shuttered last December with promises to reopen in a new location. And it looks like that promise will actually be fulfilled. The bar has secured a new spot downtown, near Seventh and Olive, and is talking about an early December reopen.

EASTLAKE—This week brought an exciting update to last week's reveal that adorable forage-friendly Nettletown was closing its doors. The Eastlake Avenue address is the new home of chef Charles Walpole, and his forthcoming Blind Pig Bistro. Walpole decamped from Ethan Stowell's Anchovies & Olives this summer to plot his own project (meanwhile cooking at Marjorie). His plans for Blind Pig include 10-12 small plates that change daily, "fried little pig parts" and a $35 surprise menu. Eastlake: you are damn lucky.

BALLARD—Fans of family style dining will have a new destination for passed platters come fall. David Sanford, a veteran of Matt Dillon's Georgetown restaurant The Corson Building, is opening a restaurant called Belle Clementine on Leary Avenue. He says it's the dining version of the CSA (community-supported agriculture) box: "Guests will be able to sign up for multiple meals over a month or a season, paying in advance so that they can just come by and eat."

CAPITOL HILL—Yet another burger restaurant is coming to Capitol Hill, but this one has a tawdry back story and a Top Chef connection. LA-based Top Chef Masters competitor Govind Armstrong's burger chain 8 oz. Burger Bar is moving into the Harvard Market complex at Pike and Broadway. No word yet on whether it's taking over the recently vacated Tidbit Bistro space, but it's a likely guess.