Lucky for fans of Eastlake’s Blind Pig Bistro--which means pretty much everybody--the jewel box-sized restaurant is expanding next door into the former Eastlake Teriyaki location at 2236 Eastlake Ave E. The new addition will focus on lunch, serving dressed-down fare that’s carry-out friendly, with a daily changing menu that includes fresh soups, sandwiches and salads. The space will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and seat 18 to 20. Look for doors to open in about a month.
In other news, The Pantry at Delancey at 1417 NW 70th St. just announced dates for its uber-popular family-style dinners: In addition to Spring-centric meals in June, there’s a Pantry Birthday Party dinner series (featuring spice-rubbed ribs coffee barbecue sauce!) in July, and a Fruit Harvest Supper in August featuring local, seasonal fruits weaved into multiple courses. The dinners can sell out in an instant, but at last check spots remain. More info here.