Ethan Stowell used to be known for downtown dining. Remember upscale Union, his first “outstanding” urban restaurant? Tavolata, his second, still drawing customers nightly to Belltown?
In the years since he grew from chef to major restaurateur, he’s branched up and down the scale from date-night spots to ballpark franks and pizza parlors, opening ever-smaller outposts in nearby Queen Anne and hip Capitol Hill and booming Ballard.
Next up, though, is a different kind of neighborhood: “mkt,” a downright tiny 600-square-foot contemporary American restaurant, is scheduled to open mid-month in Tangletown. It’ll be in the Keystone Building at 2108 N. 55th St., the same building where the cult-following Honey Bear Bakery used to be.
Tangletown is hardly an obscure area (though the Huffington Post did call it Seattle’s ‘hidden neighborhood,’ but it’s also hardly known for its nightlife. Stowell’s folks said in a press release that he’s “long had a goal of creating community and enlivening Seattle’s neighborhoods with his restaurants, and has endeavored to open restaurants in varied areas of the city.” (He said as far back as 2008 that he wouldn’t be looking at more 85-seat or 3,400-square-foot spots.)
Joe Ritchie, formerly of Poppy and Ray’s Boathouse, will head the kitchen at the new restaurant (it’s pronounced “market.”) Many dishes will be cooked on a wood-fired grill, and the sample opening menu includes dishes from raw porcini salad to grilled lamb tongue with baby beets. Sound like anything you’d like for your own neighborhood hangout?