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November 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Seastar restaurant closing in Seattle

File photo of Seastar oysters by Ryan Dunn

File photo of Seastar oysters by Ryan Dunn

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, which opened in a marquee spot on South Lake Union five years ago, will close on Jan. 3. Owner John Howie’s flagship Seastar restaurant in Bellevue will remain open.

The John Howie Restaurant Group and landlords Vulcan came to “a mutual decision” to end the lease, Howie said in a press release. He added that the elegant, “globe-trotting” concept was “perhaps better suited in another location.”

Seastar, with its ceviches, salmon, and sirloin, was an early candidate for the space by the Pan Pacific Hotel and Whole Foods, remodeling and taking over after the first restaurant in that spot, Marazul, closed down.

In addition to Seastar, John Howie Steak, Sport, and Tacoma’s Adriatic Grill, Howie is also planning to open a brewpub and distillery in Bothell in January.

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