Is Leschi’s Sabai Thai Gone For Good?

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Neighbors have been wondering about the operating status of Leschi’s resident Thai restaurant, Sabai, reporting that it closed suddenly in mid-February. A little digging did not unearth much new information about the restaurant, as its website has been deactivated and its listed phone number rings through to neighboring BluWater Bistro. Its prime waterfront location and positive diner reviews have us hoping it will reopen. Leave us a comment if you have any information about its closing or possible reopening.

$300 Per Person at New Madrona Restaurant?

Noyer SeattleWhile the headline is an attention grabber and may make many shake their heads with dismay, we do not want it to damper the excitement for Ethan Stowell’s two new restaurants coming soon to Madrona.  Yes, it is true there are reports that Stowell’s new Madrona restaurant will be $300 per person, but that will be for his ultra-high end, small restaurant Noyer.  Noyer, pronounced “Noi-YAY” and means “walnut” in French, will occupy a space off the courtyard behind the former Restaurant Bea that many Madrona residents did not even know existed unless they inquired/attended/booked it for a private party.  In addition, $300 per person will include champagne, fixed wine pairings with a tasting menu with all the best possible local ingredients.  It will definitely take Seattle restaurants to a new level.

Red CowIf $300 per person is not in your budget, the larger Red Cow, which will occupy the former Restaurant Bea’s main restaurant space, will be a welcomed addition to Madrona.  Red Cow, a french-inspired steak and frites restaurant is expected to open this month (as compared to Noyer expected opening in April).   The menu is already available online, and while subject to change, offers steaks starting at $21 (Hanger) and up to $38 (Filet Mignon) for a single serving (steaks options available for two+).

Keep your eyes open when taking a left onto 34th from Union, Red Cow will soon be a buzz with activity when they become the newest restaurant in Madrona …. the newest at least until Noyer opens.

Dine at Madrona’s St. Clouds Restaurant to Support CAN

St CloudsLooking for an excuse to dine out at one of Madrona’s favorite restaurants?  On February 11th, St. Clouds will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to College Access Now (CAN) programs. CAN is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students. Enjoy great food with friends and family while supporting 900 students on their path to a college degree! Call 206.726.1522 for reservations next Tuesday between 5 PM and 10 PM.

Chuck’s Hop Shop Has Successful Soft Opening

According to Madrona residents, Chuck’s Hop Shop is already seeing success after their soft opening last weekend at their new location on 20th & Union. Residents have boasted that the bar currently has 20 beers on tap and many in a huge cold case that lines the back wall. They plan on having 49 beers on tap when they’re open to full capacity, and if you’re gluten intolerant (or just don’t care for beer) they also have a smaller cooler filled with hard cider, many of them local. Chuck’s has a family friendly atmosphere, welcoming children and dogs at their tables.Chucks Beer

They are also planning to serve a selection of food items such as bratwursts. Chuck’s other location in Greewood has been successfully running since 2010. It is reassuring that the Hop Shop has patrons filling the tables even before their official opening, so hopefully beer lovers in the neighborhood will make this a successful new spot for a cold brew. If you have stopped in for a cold one, we would love to hear your feedback!

Madrona Artwalk – Saturday

Madrona ArtwalkMadrona Artwalk is this Saturday November 9th.  The artwalk is new to the Madrona neighborhood, this being only the second event, but look for the artwalk every 2nd Saturday of the month between 2-5pm.  This month there is a lot of cool happenings coinciding with the artwalk.  For example, Conrow Porcelain Studio, across 34th Avenue from Pritty Boys Pizza, is hosting their annual show this Saturday.  Be sure to stop by and admire their stunning pottery.  In addition, Hammer + Awl, the independent men’s accessory boutique located in the new Pike Station, will be participating in the artwalk as well as hosting a trunk show from 6 to 9 PM.  Besides these special events, many other Madrona shops and restaurants will be participating in the art walk including Kismet Salon, Madrona Wine Merchants, Juniper, etc.  Take a gander down 34th Avenue on Saturday and visit all the local participants.

New Madrona Restaurant(s): Ethan Stowell’s Red Cow and Noyer

Red CowMadrona has a new restaurant….or I guess two new restaurants coming to the neighborhood.  Ethan Stowell has announced through his Seattle restaurant blog that he is opening two restaurants where Restaurant Bea used to be located: Red Cow and Noyer.  Red Cow will be located in the main restaurant and seat 55 people (35 in dining room, 20 in the bar) and Noyer will sit only 4 tables and will be located off the back courtyard, presumably where Restaurant Bea had its banquet room.

This is how Ethan Stowell blog has described his two new Madrona restaurants starting with Red Cow:

First, say hello to Red Cow. Red Cow is going to be a brasserie primarily known for steak frites—really good steak frites. We are going to flesh out the rest of the menu with a wide variety of classic bistro fare using Pacific Northwest ingredients and pair it all with a rigorous wine offering.

And Noyer is described as:

Imagine a lush, intimate, multi-course dinner with paired wines along the way. A very high-end, leisurely affair that you can enjoy at your own pace. When you reserve a table at Noyer, it’s your table for the night. Tell us when you plan to arrive and we’ll meet you in the courtyard with something bubbly. You will be taken care of. You will indulge. You will leave happy. This is something new for Seattle—and us. We are very excited about Noyer.

For those you who are not familiar with Ethan Stowell.  Ethan grew up in Seattle before becoming a very successful chef and restaurateur that has been recognized by Food & Wine, Seattle Metropolitan, Seattle Magazine and Seattle Post-Intelligencer as well as others.  While all of his restaurant’s menus vary, they are all known for keeping it simple and using fresh ingredients.  Ethan restaurants include Queen Anne’s How to Cook a Wolf, Ballard’s Staple & Fancy, Belltown’s Tavolata, as well as Capitol Hill’s Anchovies & Olives, Rione XIII, and Bar Cotto.

We look forward to these two great additions to our Madrona neighborhood.  Look for Red Cow restaurant to open after the new year and Noyer to open in the spring.  Welcome Ethan and company to Madrona!

Well-Known Restaurateur Moving into Old Restaurant Bea Location

Restaurant BeaWe are hearing from reliable sources that Madrona will soon have a well-known Seattle restaurateur moving into the space that Restaurant Bea last occupied.  We are not giving up the information yet since it has not been confirmed, but expect a new restaurant to be coming to Madrona soon.  As we wrote before, the Naam location down the street had a lot of turnover before they stabilized that restaurant space; hopefully, the new owner, who has several Seattle restaurants, can do the same for this Madrona location.

Time is Running Out: Honey Biscuits at Madrona Farmers Market

Time is running out to shop at Madrona Farmers Market this year.  The farmers market runs every Friday afternoon from Spring through the Summer; the last one this year will be Friday, September 27th.  Thus you still have time to buy your favorite produce, but do not forget about the honey biscuits.  Art Stone, who first started making biscuits with his grandmother in North Carolina when he was 4 years old, founded Honey Biscuits and has sold his biscuits throughout the city including previously at Beecher’s in Pike Place and Verite Coffee.  Now you can find his biscuits at many of the local farmers market including Madrona Farmers Market.  Craving biscuits?  Walk down to the Madrona Farmers Market this afternoon and look for the honey biscuits.

Art Stone making “The MacGregor”  an oversized biscuits include chunks of Bavarian Meats bacon, Beecher’s Flagship cheese, and organic caramelized onions:

 

Central Pizza Opened Yesterday

If you didn’t have the chance to check out the new Central Pizza that opened yesterday at the old All Purpose Pizza location on 29th & Jackson, we suggest you check it out this week for some delicious thin crust pies! Toppings like homemade meatballs, prosciutto, pesto, gorgonzola, and cherry peppers will have your mouth watering before you walk through the doors, and did we mention the array of tasty sandwiches and pastas made in house? YUM! They do have a gluten free dough option available, and will be available for delivery in the near future. pizza

If you were able to stop in yesterday, you may have noticed that they did some nice renovations since All Purpose closed, moving the kitchen back to make room for more restaurant space, and they added a bar. The coolest renovation would probably have to be the booths and table tops made from reclaimed Lakeside High’s basketball court. Stop in for pizza and beers Monday-Thursday 3-11pm, and Fridays from 3-12am. Saturday will be open 12-12, and Sunday hours will be from 12pm-11pm. Let us know what you think if you’ve had the chance to sample the pies!

St Clouds Named Best Pancakes in Seattle

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Seattle Weekly has released their Best of Seattle awards for 2013, and with the votes in and ballots cast, our Madrona favorite St Clouds was awarded best pancakes in Seattle! There are so many things on the St Clouds breakfast menu that deserve an award, (like Grandma Hazel’s delicious sour cream coffee cake made fresh daily!) their pancakes have clearly won the attention of early risers across town. They are perfectly fluffy yet dense, and can be ordered with chocolate chips in them or blueberries on top- YUM! Congrats to St Clouds, we’re so glad a neighborhood restaurant made the Best of Seattle list!