Eva, one of the longest-running restaurants in Seattle’s Tangletown neighborhood, will close after 14 years. The surprising news from co-owners James Hondros and chef Amy McCray came less than a month after a three-star review in The Seattle Times. A Nepalese restaurant and bar will open in its place, possibly as early as November.
What led to Eva’s demise? “Our lease is up in a year, and we decided that we did not want to exercise our option for another five years,“ said Hondros. “We still own the name, and while there are no specific plans yet, we are keeping our options open. For now we are going to take a little break and enjoy not having to worry about what breaks down in the middle of a Saturday dinner service!”
In my review I noted that “refreshingly un-hip Eva” had maintained high standards over the years, outlasting almost every other eatery in the neighborhood. “It predates Kisaku and paved the way for Ethan Stowell’s minuscule mkt.” The review was part of the Second Helpings series, where I revisit restaurants that haven’t been reviewed in 10 years or more. Looks like I got back there just in time. Eva’s last night of service will be Thursday, October 30, in case you want to score one last bite of long-running favorites like cabrales flan and Aunt Voula’s taramasalata, or perhaps the gorgeous lamb dish pictured below.
Taking over the Eva space is Ang Sherpa, who hails from the Everest region of Nepal. The new restaurant, aptly named the Himalayan Sherpa House, will be a family-run operation. After a little redecorating, Ang expects to open as soon as November 10. Jangbu Sherpa will do most of the cooking. “He has climbed Everest ten times with no oxygen,” says Ang. With that kind of stamina, cooking in a restaurant kitchen should be no sweat.