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.
Sad 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you. Kate
Thank you Kate. Madrona will miss your restaurant and you (although we hope to see you around the neighborhood).
We 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.
Reminder: Madrona will be celebrating Halloween on Halloween night this year starting at 4:30 at the Madrona Shelterhouse next to the tennis courts at the Madrona Playground. Business Owners of Madrona have planned a traditional scavenger hunt along 34th Avenue with the participating businesses and the party will end at Madrona K8 School with fun lasting until 7pm.
- Treats for all who complete the scavenger hunt @ Madrona Elementary
- Adult Trick or Treat Bar @ St. Clouds
- Kids in costume get a free dinner from the kids menu at Restaurant Bea
- Sip & Scream @ Bottlehouse with spiced cider, mulled wine and bar, treats for adults, bobbing for apples and games for kids.
- & More….
There 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 side, was 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.