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Pagliacci Group May Buy Willows Inn; Bike-Powered Beer in Columbia City

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

RUMORMONGERING -- In potentially huge, unsubstantiated news, Willows Inn may be looking for outside investors. Eater received a tip that the Paggliacci Group is trying to acquire the acclaimed Lummi Island restaurant. A Willows rep tells Eater that it is "in discussion" with an unnamed investment group; a Pagliacci rep says that while the company is "enormous fans" of Willows and James Beard Award-winning chef Blaine Wetzel there is no official partnership.

COMING ATTRACTIONS -- Columbia City is about to welcome Flying Lion Brewing, where brewers use a bicycle-powered grain mill in the beer making process. First pours include Sweet Potato Porter, Rye Stout, Pale Ale, IPA, Belgian Strong, and Red Rye Session. Flying Lion opens October 22.

OPENING REPORT -- The Central District will soon welcome Banister, a new restaurant from Tougo Coffee's Brian Wells. The wine, charcuterie, and oyster bar is taking reservations for an evening of "gastronomic goodness and luscious libations" at an October 24 soft opening. Seatings are scheduled for 8 and 9 p.m.