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November 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Finally, Dinette will be hitting the big-time — at least in size. Chef-owner Melissa Nyffeler plans to close the restaurant’s doors at 1514 E. Olive Way after dinner service on Dec. 23, and to move the restaurant to a yet-to-be-determined larger space.
Dinette has been loved in its 8 years on Capitol Hill, but always seemed under-appreciated, only rarely getting national attention along the lines of this August article in the Boston Globe. (Looking around for recent Dinette mentions, in fact, the most prominent is on a list of the nation’s most underrated restaurants. Hmmm.) From “toasts” to tagines, salads to snacks, it’s been called “ridiculously charming” but with fully thought-out food, and “comfortably at home between homey and haute.” Nyffeler and her crew accomplished all those things working on nothing but a four-burner electric range and a toaster.
Nyffeler expects to re-open Dinette in 2014, looking for a place with a similar ambience, but more space inside the kitchen and out. She’s looking around Capitol Hill, but open to real estate in other walkable neighborhoods.
There will be three more of Nyffeler’s family-style Sunday suppers at the old address – Dec. 8 (Yucatan), Dec. 15 (Southern French, featuring cassoulet) and Dec. 22 (Spanish tapas.) Those dinners, which were inspired by the ones Nyffeler used to throw in her own apartment, are limited to 36 guests apiece, with reservations required. Cost: $40 per person, not including cocktails, wine, beer or dessert. Also, on the final dinner in the old space Dec. 23, look for Champagne and “toasts of both the wine and bread varieties.” Keep track of them in the interim on their Facebook page over here.
April 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Some of the best croissants and pastries in the West are moving just a little bit east. The owner of Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle is about to open a second patisserie on Capitol Hill, complete with his incomparable twice-baked almond croissants and gorgeously crusty baguettes and the rest of what the Times once called a “bewitching array of freshly baked breads, glistening chocolates and pastries, from pretty pastel French macaroons to luscious lemon-filled tarts.”
The new shop in the East John Court development on 15th Avenue East (Capitol Hill Seattle looked into the tough logistics of the space) will have its own full production area, said Christopher Donka, general manager of the West Seattle Bakery Nouveau. Chocolate and candy production will probably move to Capitol Hill. “It’s climate-controlled, and that way we’ll be able to do (chocolates) year-round.” Sandwiches and cold-extraction coffee will be served, too — pizza is about the only West Seattle menu item they can’t offer on Capitol Hill, due to code restrictions.
Why Capitol Hill? (Why do so many cool places open on either Capitol Hill or Ballard? As one Hill business owner told me, show her a neighborhood that supports businesses like Ballard and Capitol Hill, and the businesses will come.)
“The demographics where we opened are pretty much spot on with what we have here. We’re close to a business district, we’re close to residential (areas),” Donka said.
Bakery Nouveau owner William Leaman, former head pastry chef and chocolatier for The Essential Baking Co., was captain of the gold-medal U.S. team in the 2005 World Cup of Baking. He found pretty much instant success when he opened his own storefront in 2006, where lines sometimes stretch far enough out the door that you’d practically expect them to stretch across the West Seattle Bridge. Look for the new location to open its doors in the next week or so after some final trial runs.
September 11, 2008 at 9:50 AM
Turns out that Poppy, former Herbfarm chef Jerry Traunfeld’s much anticipated new restaurant, won’t open Saturday, Sept. 13 due to a ”slight delay in obtaining his certificate of occupancy from the city.” The press release went on to say that Chef Traunfeld hopes to welcome diners to his new spot on Seattle’s Capitol Hill sometime next week. We’ll bring you more details as we have them.
Our own Nancy Leson weighs in on Traunfeld’s new project here. Poppy’s Web site is up and running at www.poppyseattle.com.
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