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Skelly Bean Opens; Seattle Featured Amongst James Beard Semifinalists

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

CAPITOL HILL -- Chef Zephyr Paquette (formerly of Elliott Bay Café) has opened her completely crowd-sourced Skelly and the Bean using a "membership program" that accumulated financial and material donations. Also newly (re)opened on Capitol Hill: Restaurant Zoe, which relocated from its former Belltown digs into a 50-seat space with a wood-fired grill.

AWARDS SEASONS -- Seattle brings it in this year's long list of James Beard Semifinalists. Many familiar names such as Tom Douglas and Holly Smith. The big surprise is that new restaurant Altura, is up for best restaurant of the year.

DEAL FAIL -- Apparently, Groupon has standards. Enough so, they cut off daily deal addicted Thomas Street Bistro for allegedly lowering service standards and food quality, once they got hooked on the daily deal monies.