We 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.
We 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.
In my mind Macy’s is still the Bon Marche, the Red Apple in Madison Park is still the IGA, and St. Clouds is still Cool Hand Lukes, but unlike the first two…I do not think the latter has any relation to its predecessor other than its space. Thus, I will correct myself: St. Clouds Food & Spirits (not Cool Hand Lukes) is a great Seattle restaurant. Everyone is really friendly, the food is good, and the prices are reasonable. Everyone loves the Hi Spot for brunch but St. Clouds has a brunch I like a lot too. Although most of the times we go there for dinner where the herbed roasted chicken or the parmigiano-crusted pork tenderloin are some of the favorites.
During the summer you can eat on the back garden patio hidden behind the building or inside in the bar area or in the main dining area. They often have live music tucked just to the left as you enter the Madrona restaurant.
St. Clouds in one of the few places in Madrona that you can sit at the bar and have a cocktail. At the Madrona Ale House you can sit and have a beer, but only (that I can think of) St. Clouds and Naam have a bar where you can have a cocktail. St. Clouds has a happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 6:30 PM.
St. Clouds is located in the middle of Madrona on 34th just south of Union. Open 5 PM to 11 PM Sunday through Thursday, and until Midnight on Friday and Saturday. Also, Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Naam is a great Thai restaurant in Madrona just a couple doors north of 34th and Union (obviously in Seattle). From all accounts (they have terrific scores on popular restaurant feedback websites) they have excellent Thai food and you can either order as a sit down restaurant or call previously and get it to go. One complaint I had when they first opened was the service was slow but in my experience that has greatly improved since then. If you feel like Thai food, then I would not hesitate to recommend Naam, but if you are in a hurry then order it to go just to be safe. Otherwise enjoy all Madrona has to offer by eating at the restaurant, it has a cool atmosphere (older building, yet nice and clean) and you can order a drink from their full bar.
Another verification of Naam’s quality is their ability to survive. Before Naam there was a handful of Madrona restaurants in that space: one of which was Coupage. The only reason I bring up Coupage is because I came across an article about its previous chef and owner: Tom Hurley. The article caught my attention because the headline and description spoke of a Portland firefighter and Seattle restaurateur. I liked Coupage, so I knew a little of the background, but not as much as the article revealed. Click the link on Tom Hurley’s name. It is an interesting article about disability benefits, opening and closing restaurants, and lawsuits. In the end, Mr. Hurley is now back working for the Portland Fire Bureau 17 years after he left – this time in a different capacity.