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Hunger On The Move, Headed Down Fremont Ave.

January 12th, 2012 by master

The bad news? Hunger Restaurant will be leaving the space in Upper Fremont that it’s been since July 2010.

The good news? Hunger is moving right down Fremont Ave. to take over the space formerly occupied by Dad Watson’s (3601 Fremont Ave N).

Co-owner Brian Brooks says that while he and co-owner/wife Jaime Mullins-Brooks originally wanted to expand their current space, the new location was too good to pass up when it became available.

“We were going to build a speakeasy in the basement but then this space became available,” says Brooks. “So we decided to get closer to the heart of Fremont.”

Brooks is hopeful for the new space to be open in late February/early March as builders have gutted and reworked the entire building since Dad Watson’s left.

Fear not, Hunger’s regulars, you’ll still get the same Spanish/Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. You’ll just get a whole lot more of it.

Brooks says the new restaurant will expand the menu and the bar as well as offer “more space, more seating, a patio and we’re designing a chef’s counter where you get to be a part of the action, sitting next to the kitchen.”

As they get closer to the new opening, Hunger expects to hold events in both locations, as a thank you to their loyal customers in the current spot and as a welcome to the neighborhood in their new location.

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Hunger Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With Special Menu

June 27th, 2011 by master

It has almost been a year since chef/owners Brian Brooks & Jaime Mullins-Brooks opened the doors to Hunger (4256 Fremont Ave.) and began serving their own take on Mediterranean Riviera Cuisine to the Upper Fremont Area

If you’re not already familiar with signature dishes and drinks like their “Velvet Bullfighter,”you’ve got a got reason to try them out come July.

To celebrate their anniversary, they will be offering an Anniversary Tasting Menu for $35 which will offer each guest a sampling of their most popular dishes as well as cocktail & wine specials for the entire month of July.

To accommodate the late night crowds, Hunger has just opened its back bar lounge for parties of up to 15 people. Plans are also in the works for an underground “speakeasy” to open late fall/early winter with a live venue and their take on prohibition era cocktails.

Hunger is open for dinner every night from 5pm to closing, daily happy hour from 4-6pm, Weekend brunches 10am-2pm, and late night bites from 10pm-Midnight Wednesday through Saturday.

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Experience Hunger Every Day Of The Week

January 10th, 2011 by master

If you’re feeling hungry any night of the week, Hunger can help you out with that.

The Fremont restaurant at 4256 Fremont Ave. recently expanded its hours and will now serve dinner every night of the week starting at 5 p.m. Previously the restaurant did not serve dinner on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Happy Hour begins at 4 p.m. every day as well while brunch is served during the weekend between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

I spoke with Brian over at Hunger to see how business was going since the space opened in July. He told me things “have been great since we opened, we have a real neighborhood following that keeps us going as well a group of culinary enthusiasts that come out for monthly wine dinners.”

Brian mentioned Hunger will also be offering “industry” specials (happy hour drink prices and $3 “small bites”) on Mondays and 1/2 price bottles of wine on Tuesdays.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to try Hunger, you might want to stop by the week of January 21st, the six-month anniversary of their opening. They’ll be offering six items for $6 each for the entire week, including The Tangier (Harissa Vodka, Chateau Monet), Velvet Bullfighter, Tempranillo, Curried Mussels, Vodka Tomato Gnocchi, and their daily panna cotta

You can check out Hunger’s menus and find out more information on the space at their website.

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‘Hunger’ opens its doors on Fremont Avenue

August 4th, 2010 by master

A little over a month after we first told you that Persimmon Cafe was being replaced by a new restaurant, Hunger has opened its doors at 4256 Fremont Ave.  We stopped by today for a personal tour from owner Brian Brooks.

The place is intimate and cozy, perhaps the reason why so many couples have been showing up.

“We’ve seen a lot of people out for date night,” said Brooks.

Hunger boasts a new bar and kitchen, where co-owner and chef Jaime Mullins was busy cutting up some fresh produce that was bought from Pike Place Market just this morning.  The menu is Mediterranean inspired with dishes such as paella, smoked lamb, and braised boar. 

Brooks tells us businesses has been very brisk in the first few weeks and word of mouth seems to be drawing a lot of customers from the immediate neighborhood.

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Persimmon Cafe closed, Hunger moving in

June 29th, 2010 by master

Our avid and observant readers have alerted us to this: The Persimmon Cafe, once a fixture for cozy brunches on the upper part of Fremont Avenue North, is no more. In its place, a restaurant (aptly, let’s hope) named Hunger is set to whet appetites and woo new customers at 4256 Fremont Ave. N.


According to Hunger’s web site, it’s due for a soft opening (friends and family) on July 17, with an open house to the public between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

There’s already a review on Yelp.

Looking at the dinner menu, we’d like to try the “Grilled Chermoula Prawn Bruschetta” or the paella, because there’s nothing that says summer like a good paella (sorry we missed the 2nd Annual Seattle Paella Cook-Off at the Treehouse Bar and Grill on Leary Way the other day!).

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Solid Ground Community Lunch Friday

May 20th, 2010 by master

It’s time again for Solid Ground’s Annual Luncheon. This year it is at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center
(800 Convention Place, 6th Floor, Rooms A & B) from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (May 21). It is one of the organization’s most important outreach and fundraising tools, raising critical support for its 27 programs working to end poverty in Seattle/King County.

This is our 10th year of breaking bread, sharing passion for this work, and recommitting to making a more just and caring community. The Luncheon fertilizes our efforts to address the real needs of hard-working people. Guests at the Luncheon will be asked to make a gift of at least $150.

Keynote speaker Bryant Terry is an eco chef, food justice activist, author and currently a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program, a national project of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For the past nine years he has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system using cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism and food insecurity.

At the luncheon, examine hunger in the community and successful strategies to make healthy food more available, affordable and equitable. “Growing Community to End Poverty” – the theme of the event – will feature Solid Ground’s Marra Farm Giving Garden (which is how I first heard about Solid Ground – then the Fremont Public Association), Lettuce Link, Operation Frontline, Apple Corps and other aspects of its anti-hunger work. They will also unveil plans for a new Community Farm in the Rainier Valley.

If you can’t make it to the luncheon this year, you can also contribute via a match pool. So far, $27,400 has been raised to match gifts of $250 or more at the luncheon, which is very close to the goal of $30,000.

To reserve your spot at the 2010 Luncheon, please contact Anna Ramos at or 206.694.6857.

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