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This Week in Cascadia: PDX Ramen Mania; Seattle Soul Food Restaurant Shutters

Welcome to Cascadia Wire, a look at restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.
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SEATTLE— Iconic Central District restaurant Catfish Corner has shuttered. The soul food restaurant started serving fried catfish with homemade tartar sauce and hush puppies in the mid 80s. In much better news, word came this week that popular West Seattle burger spot Zippy's is launching a second outpost in Georgetown. [ESEA]

PORTLAND— One of Portland's most
anticipated fall openings made it official earlier this week: BTU Brasserie, the city's first-ever hybrid Chinese restaurant and brewery, is now serving Peking duck and noodle dishes in Northeast PDX. As BTU's
on-site, seven-barrel brewery kicks into gear, the menu is currently pouring guest beers from brewery friends like Burnside, 10 Barrel, and Occidental. Also newly open this week: a new place to score New Mexican green chile cheeseburgers, and a retail outlet for home bartenders seeking out vintage glassware. The latter, called Bull In China, might also be a great place to score mixology tips: It's owned by bartenders Lucas Plant (of Expatriate) and Daniel Osborne (of Teardrop Lounge). [-EPDX-]

SEATTLE— The enormous Central District bier and bocce hall Rhein Haus (until recently named Von Trapp's) is planning to launch a new 6,000-square-foot location in Denver. Doors are scheduled to open this spring. [ESEA]

PORTLAND— Portlanders apparently can't get enough ramen, with two new ramen restaurants announced this week. Gabe Rosen, the chef behind popular restaurant Biwa, will open a ramen-ya on Portland's eastside, possibly as soon as December. Meanwhile, the Japan-based chain Kukai Ramen & Izakaya announced it'll open its first Oregon location in early 2015: The chain currently has locations in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. [-EPDX-]