Last spring, I broke the news that chef Michael Mina planned to bring his San Francisco treat, RN74, to Seattle. Back then, the Mina Group was pleading the Fifth regarding the location for their long-rumored foray into Seattle-restaurant territory, but they’ve since made the big announcement: they’ll be moving into the newly renovated Joshua Green Building at Fourth and Pike.
Michael Mina hopes to corner the restaurant-and-wine bar market at Fourth and Pike. At left, a rendering of the Joshua Green Building (courtesy Joshua Green Corp.), and seen for real (at right) touting the good news in the building’s vestibule, on Friday.
Seattle’s RN74, slated to open in March, 2011, will echo San Francisco’s in both menu (with regional French specialties given the local-and-sustainable treatment) and Euro train-station-styled design (Rick Steves should feel at home). The wine program is set to tap the talent of Mina’s pour relation, Rajat Parr, who’s prepared to uncork 50-plus wines by the glass. His list will showcase — among others — labels from near (Washington, Oregon) and far (along Route Nationale 74 in Burgundy, from which the restaurant takes its name and inspiration).
Get your kicks on — and in — RN74, whose San Francisco original (seen here) will soon have a Seattle sibling. [photos: courtesy The Mina Group]
So, why Seattle for Michael Mina, especially given that so many out-of-town chef-celebs have come and gone over the years? Well, raise a glass for the home team: Turns out the Cairo-born Mina called Washington “home” for 18 years. He was raised in Ellensburg (where he worked in a French restaurant as garde-manger as a teen), schooled at the University of Washington (before leaving for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park), and even had a go-round in the kitchen high atop the Space Needle.
There’s no place like home. Right, Michael Mina? We’ll see!