Photo of Tom Black and Kate Perry in front of their new restaurant, Bea Restaurant, in the heart of the Madrona Business Distrtict.
Photo by Julien Perry a regular contributor to the Seattle Weekly.
Good friends Kate Perry and Tom Black are opening their new restaurant, Restaurant Bea, in Madrona. Taking over the space once occupied by Cremant and later June, Kate and Tom are excited to make Bea a mainstay in Madrona. Not only do Tom and Kate have extensive backgrounds in the Seattle restaurant industry, one as a chef (Tom) and one through restaurant marketing (Kate), they also share a love for the Madrona neighborhood. Tom and Kate both live in the Madrona area; Tom lives off of Olive, and Kate lives on 37th. “We have been looking to open a new restaurant for over a year,” explained Tom. “We flirted with the idea of taking over the space where Dulces once was [now Pritty Boys Pizza], but we are happy to finally be in our new space.”
Tom and Kate’s plan is for Bea to be a neighborhood restaurant that is inviting for not only Madrona residents, but all of Seattle. “We want to be able to know our customers by name, but to also treat our first-time customers with the same attentiveness,” said Kate. To do that, Tom and Kate plan to be very involved in the restaurant. “We both live in Madrona so we will be here all the time,” explained Kate, “and we will be attentive to the entire dining experience.’
The restaurant itself is getting made over. When I was there meeting with Tom and Kate the old built-in booths were being picked up, the restaurant was being rewired, and the kitchen was being cleaned in every nook and cranny. The remodel will include a more open kitchen, where customers can see their food being prepared, and a bar area larger than what the previous restaurants featured, in addition to a whole new aesthetic. When the work is complete, the plan is to be able to seat about 55 people, not including the private dining room behind the main restaurant that can be reserved for private parties of up to 22 people.
The atmosphere will be comfortable and cozy, and Bea will be family friendly. Both Tom and Kate want everyone to feel welcome and to enjoy their time at Bea no matter if you are by yourself, a couple, or a family of five.
Bea plans to open for dinner in late February with weekend brunch starting a month or two later. The food will be polished comfort food that is hyper-seasonal and uses ingredients from small, trusted farmers. Entrees are expected to be in the range of $18 to $22.
Keep your eyes open for Bea’s grand opening. Madrona has a new restaurant that will call our Seattle neighborhood home.