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All You Can Eat

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August 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Up on the roof with Tamara Murphy at Terra Plata

In case you hadn’t heard, chef Tamara Murphy’s Terra Plata is finally under construction on Capitol Hill. Yes, that Terra Plata: the exciting new restaurant I told you about nearly two years ago, back when it was expected to open in February, 2010 and slated to anchor the as-yet-unopened Melrose Market. Since then, shops have come and gone at the royally refurbished building between Pike and Pine, and Murphy’s hung tight to her mantra, insisting that come Hell or high water she’s opening Terra Plata at 1515 Melrose Avenue. The current debut date? Late September — 2011.

Hell, yeah. Tamara Murphy, up on the roof at Terra Plata, where the rooftop-garden dining space and long-awaited restaurant are finally under construction.

I ran into Tamara the other day while I was slurping oysters at Melrose Market, and when she invited me to come next-door for a tour, how could I say no? Indeed, contractors were hard at it upstairs and down, finishing the floor, installing the bar and wrangling on the roof.

The view from there: summer in the city. Unfortunately, with the summer we’ve had, and Terra Plata’s latest ETA, we may have to wait till next summer to enjoy the fruits of Murphy’s labor from this vantage point.

Here’s hoping the restaurant will be up and running in time for Ms. Murphy and her local James Beard Award-winning cohort to cook up a feast at Terra Plata on November 11 — closing out their traveling 2011 Seattle Chefs’ Table show and opening yet another chapter in the culinary career of one of our city’s most celebrated chefs.

Star power at the table (from left): John Sundstrom, Maria Hines, Holly Smith, Tamara Murphy, Thierry Rautureau, Jason Wilson.

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