A tipster passed on word of a restaurant in the works right on the border of Mt. Baker and Leschi that has somehow managed to avoid the throngs of local bloggers, food writers and, ahem, general restaurant stalkers trolling for new openings. A La Bonne Franquette is reportedly opening in late June or early July. As the name suggests, the restaurant will be a French bistro, but heavy on spices and influences from chef-owner Hamed Elnazir's Sudanese background and various travels through Europe and Africa.
The phrase "a la bonne franquette" means food that is "homely and prepared without fuss," according to the restaurant's Facebook page. The location, next to Italian cafe That's Amore and across the street from Repast bakery isn't the busiest, but neighborhood residents have been expressing their excitement about a rare new restaurant popping up in the neighborhood. Eater will report more details as they emerge.