After Local's Corner decided to shut its doors in late 2014, the restaurant's old space has remained vacant. Now Tablehopper reports that The Spice Jar has opened in its place, serving "home-style, pan-Asian comfort food" from owner Ryuichi Hamada.
The small corner restaurant at the corner of 23rd and Bryant has undergone a few updates, though the cozy interior has retained the open kitchen, counter and furniture from its predecessor. The menu is Asian by way of California, serving small plates like edamame hummus, and chicken lettuce cups with jicama and optional goat cheese. There is also a selection of salads, noodles and rice dishes. Bigger dishes like green curry and seven spiced salmon with edamame rice and green raita are also available. (Check out the full menu here.)
Beverages include four beers on tap, as well as bottles like Anchor Steam and Hitachino Nest; wines are available by the glass, carafe or bottle. Nine sakes round out the selection. There is also a jalapeño-infused plum wine that will be served over ice with soda, which sounds like a summery, fusion-y treat.
Today (June 30) is opening day. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on Tuesday- Sunday.