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Big Changes for Kingfish Cafe; Preview the Menu at Pioneer Square's Just-Opened Casco Antiguo

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

OPENING ALERT -- Casco Antiguo quietly opened Monday night in the former Calozzi's space on Occidental Ave. S. and Eater has a preview of the menu. The Mexican restaurant and cantina from Altstadt's Harvey Ward Van Allen is arranged around a central kitchen led by former Saint chef Rodolfo Riveron. A dining room sits in front of the space with a bar pouring mezcal and margaritas on tap in back. While the restaurant serves chorizo sopes and fish tacos with mango salsa till 10 p.m., Van Allen tells Eater that the cantina will stay open late. Enter through an alley entrance behind the restaurant after 10 and stay till midnight.

THE SHUTTER -- Capitol Hill's Kingfish Cafe announced it will be closing after nearly 20 years in business. The owners were initially quiet about future plans, but later revealed they're planning five "small to-go places" peppered throughout Seattle.

MEALS ON WHEELS -- Two Seattle food truck vets are rolling out a pair of new projects. Mobile eatery Bread and Circuses will hit the streets in February, with a brick-and-mortar gastropub by the same name planned to launch in SoDo this April. The frequently changing menu of both the truck and restaurant will feature the likes of "beer can chicken of the week," charcuterie, and scrapple grilled cheese. Owner Syd Suntha cut his teeth at Skillet before managing Matt Lewis' Where Ya At, Matt? food truck. His business partner James Barrington also runs Hallava Fallafel and started Streetfood in 2011.