Eastlake restaurant notes: Little Water Cantina gets closer, Chef Kitamura on NPR, more

Eastlake’s great restaurant scene is getting a new addition, plus other notes:

Little Water Cantina: I met Shannon and Laura Wilkinson, the folks behind the new Little Water Cantina, at the Eastlake Merchants Association gathering last week. The Wilkinsons are in the final push to get their new restaurant open later this spring. Shannon says they’re excited about their location in the Eastlake 2851 apartment building. Little Water will have a great deck space right above the Eastlake P-Patch. Should be a wonderful view of Gas Works Park, Lake Union and the Fourth of July fireworks. We’ll have more on the restaurant as they get closer to opening. For now, check out their Facebook page.

Sushi Kappo Tamura: Chef and owner Taichi Kitamura was featured on a national NPR story on March 18 about how the Japanese earthquake and tsunami are affecting the Pacific seafood trade. Kitamura told NPR that he’s worried about the safety of seafood coming from Japan and also whether the fish he imports will even be available. “Food is something you eat not only with your tongue, you eat it with your brain, so any negative news about any food products, people are very sensitive about it,” he told NPR.

Fundraiser for Japan: Sushi Kappo Tamura is one of the Eastlake restaurants that will be participating in “Red, White, Unite!” an April 6 fundraiser to help in the recovery in Japan. Also taking part will be Grand Central Bakery, Pagliacci and 14 Carrot Cafe as well as numerous other restaurants in South Lake Union, Belltown, Capitol Hill and all across the city. Participants will donate 10 percent of their sales on April 6 to Peace Winds America, which will direct 100 percent of the donations to help those in the Tohoku region of Japan. There’s an updated list of participating restaurants at the project’s website.

Family Night at Louisa’s: Every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to closing is now Family Night at Louisa’s Cafe Bakery. They’re offering a half-price menu for children, $5 glasses of wine for parents and toys, art and games for the youngsters.

Serafina’s 20th Anniversary: Hard to believe it, but Serafina will be marking its 20th anniversary in Eastlake later this spring. Watch for more information about the celebration planned by owner Susan Kaufman and her staff. Buon compleanno!