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January 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Cactus Madison Park temporarily closed for face lift

Hey, don’t freak out if you’ve stopped by Cactus in Madison Park this week or last only to find the place closed and under construction. Unlike neighboring Impromptu Wine Bar Cafe, it’s not closed for good. Instead, the Madison Park stalwart — set to celebrate its 20th anniversary next summer — is getting a cosmetic makeover.

“The restaurant wasn’t set up to accommodate the numbers we do,” says Bret Chatalas, co-owner of three Cactus restaurants located in Seattle and Kirkland. (With 75 seats, Madison Park is not only the oldest, it’s also the smallest.) In addition to expanding and remodeling the kitchen, the front of the house is getting some much needed love, he says.

The dining room at Cactus in Madison Park (photo courtesy Bret Chatalas)

The wall between the bar and dining room is coming down, the tapas bar is coming out and new booths and bench seating are being installed. “We’re making it a functionally better experience for our guests, so the next 20 years can be better than the last 20,” Chatalas says. Baring unforeseen difficulties and pending health inspection and occupancy permits, Cactus should be reopened by next week. “We’re shooting for January 20th.”

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