When Chuck’s Hop Shop announced that Third Place Books would open its third location in Seward Park, the neighborhood’s beer lovers were excited – but the popular hop shop also hinted there would be more and said it would be a “TBD -Restaurant concept “give,” too.
But for some of Seward Park’s longtime residents, the excitement was that Grunig was bringing his beloved Pinehurst Jewish delicacies to the South End, not just bagels that were closer to home. “Muri’s Seattle opens as a kosher dairy restaurant and Parve bakery,” the announcement said.
Seattle has very few certified kosher restaurants covered by The Cholent – Seattle’s only Jewish newsletter. “The kosher community is small, the requirements of the Vaad HaRabbanim in the greater Seattle area are strict, and the price of kosher meat would bring a pastrami sandwich well into the double-digit range.”
Muri’s, named for Grunig’s grandmother, plans to avoid the meat problem by offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, with a menu based on the classic New York kosher dairy deli: bagels, challah, bialys, everything freshly baked in the house daily, together with tuna melts, salmon, whitefish salad and soup. The evening menu takes some freedom with the concept and adds dishes like carrot donuts with dukkah dip sauce and Israeli couscous arancini with Aleppo kewpie dip.
“We want to delve deep into the kosher recipes of both the Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions,” wrote Grunig in his Indiegogo fundraiser for the restaurant, which has already raised nearly $ 18,000 of its $ 50,000 goal – a good sign for the restaurant to reach its target opening date January 2022.