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April 8, 2008 7:00 AM

New restaurants

Posted by Nancy Leson

Am I the only one annoyed by "Grand Opening" banners on restaurants that have been open for six months -- or more? I'm betting I'm not. Here's a prime example: Bada Sushi in Shoreline, open since September and still flying the flag seven months later. Granted, those banners are inexpensive ways to advertise a new (or newish) place. And I can appreciate that. In fact, I'll do so in newsprint -- and in a post -- tomorrow, when I rave about a place whose "grand opening" five weeks ago was clearly that.

So, here's my plan: Let's use this post as a meeting place for comments about new restaurants. See someplace new? Share the news right here. Give me the who, what, when and where -- along with the "whaddaya think" if you've eaten there.

As for those "Grand Opening" banners? I suggest we give newbies three months to keep their banners flying -- unless I hear from folks who disagree on that length and can back up why we should give 'em more or less time to fly the just-opened flag. After that, we'll post violations (Bada! You're on the list!).

OK, here we go:


Casper's Everglades Supper Shack, a Southern sensation at 15030 Bothell Way N.E. in Lake Forest Park, (206) 268-0202,, open five weeks. Gotta get: the gator. Don't miss: the banana pudding. Eat in or take-out.

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