News Blog for Seattle's University District Neighborhood


Vegan restaurant on The Ave adds dinner to the menu

April 12th, 2012 by master

The Wayward Vegan Cafe, which moved to the 5200 block of University Way NE from NE 55th Street more than a year ago, is now stepping up its game by expanding its hours to include dinner.

The dinner options developed by co-owners Colin and Tami Blanchette feature meat- and dairy-free takes on old favorites such as quesadillas, filet mignon, fried chicken, ribs, and nachos.

Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily in addition to breakfast and lunch.

The restaurant has been in the U District for more than seven years.

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New sushi restaurant opens on The Ave

October 14th, 2010 by master

A new sushi restaurant has opened at the site where another sushi place recently closed.  Sushi Thai Yummy Yummy is celebrating its grand opening at 4545 University Way.  As the name suggests, the menu features both sushi and Thai food.  The space was formerly occupied by Sushi Aoi.

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Vashon restaurant owner turns focus to U-District

September 28th, 2010 by master

The owner of the well known Hardware Store Restaurant on Vashon Island is opening a restaurant/lounge in the U-District.  Melinda Sontgerath and her husband Dick have applied for a liquor license as they open 50 North.  The establishment will be in the Northcut Landing complex at 5001 25th Ave NE, apparently in the space vacated by Fondi Pizza.  We’re not sure what type of food 50 North will be offering, but we have a call in to the owner to find out more.

Image from Google street view

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Boom Noodle expands to U-District

May 20th, 2010 by master

Boom Noodle, a Japanese restaurant that already has locations on Capitol Hill and Bellevue Square, is getting ready to open its new location in U Village in early July. Crews are still working on the interior (seen in this photo from the company’s blog). The restaurant is also hiring for all positions. You can send a resume to

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Big changes for U-District restaurants

April 21st, 2010 by master

Restaurants in the U-District and all across Seattle will have to make a big change starting July 1.  That’s when an ordinance will require all single-use packaging and food ware to be compostable or recyclable.  Restaurants and food service businesses will also have to put up new bins for customers to sort their trash.

Today, Seattle Public Utilities invited the U District Daily to Safeco Field for a look at how the Seattle Mariners are already implementing the program.  All food vendors at the stadium have switched to compostable products and bins have been set up on all levels so fans can sort the trash after they’ve finished eating.  Safeco hopes to have a recycling rate of over 70 percent.

“Our beer cup looks like plastic but it’s made of corn.  Our knives, forks and spoons look like plastic but they’re also made of corn.  They are heat senstitive, so if you have a spoon in a hot food item, it will bend.  That’s something fans will have to get used to,” said Scott Jenkins with the Mariners.

Restaurants will face added costs from the new ordinance, and some have pushed back against Seattle Public Utilities.  The Washington Restaurant Association says most restaurants in Seattle are interested in using more sustainable practices, but they have questions about cost and customer safety.  SPU says many businesses, like Taco Del Mar which made the switch the eco-friendly ware back in 2008, are more than willing to make the change.

“The restaurants are responding really well,” said Dick Lilly from SPU.  “It’s a big change so it’s going to take some working out.  The products are getting better and less expensive.”

The city’s new composting requirements follow a ban on styrofoam last year.  You can read more about the program here.

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