Quality Athletics in Pioneer Square, Canon’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and More Food News

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1. Josh Henderson announced plans for his next venture, and this time it’s in the burgeoning Pioneer Square. Henderson (via his Huxley Wallace Collective) will launch sports bar-slash-eatery Quality Athletics in the Stadium Place building on the corner of Occidental Ave. and King St. Henderson wants the new space to appeal to sports nuts as well as, well, the rest of us. Seattle Mag’s Julien Perry broke the news, reporting that Henderson is taking a nod from “The Royal Tenenbaums” for inspiration and staff wardrobe ideas. His “Director of Vibe” Matthew Parker plans to bring in light-hearted, quirky visuals to the interior design. Look for the 3,500-square-foot space to open as early as August.

2. GROG, the permanent pop-up bar connected to Ballard Annex Oyster House just refreshed its menu. After offering eats from the tropical south, GROG turns its focus to Asia, featuring Bim Bim Bap Sandwiches, General Tso’s Chip Butty and Hamachi Deviled Eggs. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to close. Check out our post on GROG’s drinks by the teapot here. And see what GROG’s bartender has to say about what’s hot and what’s not in the Seattle food scene.

3. Starting this Monday, February 17, Eastlake’s Cicchetti launches a holiday brunch series on select days throughout the year. The Mediterranean spot behind Serafina will serve special menus from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on holidays including President’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Visit Cicchetti’s website or call 206-323-0807 for more info and reservations.

4. Members of the lonely hearts club, cheer up: Canon serves shots of Fernet Branca for four bucks at tonight’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Be forewarned: Couples engaging in too much cuteness will be shot with water guns till they “drop down wet.”

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