$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.

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.

Own a Madrona Restaurant!

Restaurant BeaWe are finally getting over the disappointment of Restaurant Bea’s closure, and started to pay more attention to the sign in the window.  We found the business-for-sale listing, and it turns out you can have your own Madrona restaurant for $50,000.  One could be discouraged by the closures of the previous restaurants in that space (June, Cremant, and Restaurant Bea) but just down the street Naam has survived after many Madrona restaurants had failed before (Coupage, Plenty, Supreme, Drey’s and Sapphire).  In fact even The Stranger questioned whether Naam could make it after so many failures before, yet years later Naam is still serving the Madrona neighborhood great Thai food.  So if you are looking to open the next Madrona restaurant contact a local broker to purchase the business and let us know when you will be opening.

Oh no, Madrona’s Restaurant Bea Closes!

Madrona RestaurantSad news, Restaurant Bea has closed their doors just as June and Cremant did before.  Unfortunately, that Madrona restaurant location seems to be cursed.  We will miss Restautant Bea’s open kitchen, their chef’s table, good food, and creative bartenders.  Restaurant Bea’s owner, Kate, has asked anyone who wants to stay in touch to visit their website, where the following note is left:

I am very sad to say that Restaurant Bea is now closed. I will all miss our supportive customers and want to thank you for coming in.

I also want to thank my staff and wish them the best of luck. They kick ___ and I couldn’t have asked for better people to be with during this last year.

I welcome any thoughts or questions at kate@restaurantbea.com.

Thank you. Kate

Thank you Kate.  Madrona will miss your restaurant and you (although we hope to see you around the neighborhood).

Chef’s Table at Restaurant Bea

Restaurant BeaWe are big fans of Restaurant Bea and have written about the Madrona restaurant many times, but we are not the only one that enjoys the Seattle restaurant.  Seattle Weekly, Seattle Times, typical restaurant websites such as Yelp, and even other local blogs have all given Madrona’s Restaurant Bea  a thumbs up.  All of the sources agree that you should try Restaurant Bea, but we would take it one step further and say: you should not only dine at Restaurant Bea but also reserve the Chef’s Table.

The Chef’s Table is literally in the kitchen at Restaurant Bea.  The round table seats 2 to 4 people and allows you to experience the inner-workings of the restaurant while enjoying a 5-course meal that is selected for you by the chef.  Watch the chef prepare your meal while the bartender, just a few steps away, suggests a wine that would best compliment the next course.  A fun and different experience at a Madrona restaurant that you are not able to enjoy at other Seattle restaurants.

Take our advice, call well in advance and reserve the “Chef’s Table” at Restaurant Bea.

Restaurant Bea – 1423 34th Avenue – (206) 812-2901

Nice Review of Madrona’s Restaurant Bea in Seattle Times

Restaurant BeaThere was a nice review of Madrona’s Restaurant Bea in the Seattle Times recently.  The article, Restaurant Bea in Madrona: Down-home and sophisticated cooking served side by sidewas written by Providence Cicero who has reviewed hundreds of Seattle restaurants for Seattle Times.  The review ends by saying:

It reminds me that Restaurant Bea is a neighborhood joint at heart, relaxed and full of fun. But there is ambition here, and talent enough in the kitchen to entice diners from well beyond Madrona.

Check out the first link above to read the entire review of Restaurant Bea.

St. Clouds Music Scene

St CloudsNot only does St. Clouds Restaurant have good food and fine spirits, the Seattle restaurant has great music as well.  Nearly every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday St. Clouds features live music.  The live music sets up just to the left of the restaurant’s main entrance where it can be enjoyed by the patrons in the bar area, and also can be heard in the main dining area as well.  Tom Bennett and The Rolling Blackouts are regulars on Mondays with various bands playing Thursday through Saturday.  This weekend Tim McHugh plays Thursday, The Wiretappers play Friday (as they do every 3rd Friday), and Saturday is Courtney Andrews.  The music usually plays from 8 PM to 10 PM.  Click the link to see St. Clouds Seattle music schedule and find the best time to enjoy music, food, and drink at St. Clouds in Madrona.

2012 Dine Out for Madrona K-8

Madrona Dine OutTuesday, April 10th, is the 4th Annual Dine Out for Madrona K-8.  The participating Madrona restaurants on 34th Avenue,  Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royals, Hi Spot, Madrona Ale House, Naam, Pritty Boys, St. Clouds, are joining with the PTSA to support the local Madrona Public School.  A portion of all sales will be donated to the Panther Partners PTSA to support Arts and Music programs at Madrona Elementary.  The Madrona neighborhood’s part is easy: all you need to do is go out – eat, drink and be merry!

Bring friends, family to dine out on April 10th.  The Madrona School fundraising goal is $5000 for this event and the school needs your support.

Madrona’s Restaurant Bea to Open March 30th

Madrona Restaurant BeaThe newest addition to the Madrona Business District, Restaurant Bea, is set to open Friday, March 30th.  Restaurant Bea is located in the space formerly occupied by June.  To read more about Restaurant Bea, click the link to my previous interview with owners Kate Perry and Tom Black (pictured).

Be sure to make a reservation to try out the newest Madrona restaurant.

Photo by Julien Perry a regular contributor to the Seattle Weekly.