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The Irish dive bar at 3rd & Bell known as Kelly’s is g-gone. In place of the smokey tavern, longtime hangout for Bud-drinking regulars, comes a “new Chinese restaurant.” A permit for remodeling has been issued in the name of Black Bamboo, but there’s no guarantee that the new place will actually operate under that name.
Next door, you’ll recall, is the former Gambas, now Local Pho. Aquabar is around the corner, and across the street is Belltown’s popular off-leash Dog Park. Meantime, the Bell Street park project continues to offer street improvements. The first section, between First and Second, opens later this month.
I know it says “Black Bamboo” on the permit application, but I wonder if anyone noticed another spot, Black Bottle, down at First & Vine? Can Belltown handle two spots named Black?