The Kitsap Sun checks in with former Canlis chef Greg Atkinson and his forthcoming restaurant on Bainbridge Island. Looks like the opening of Restaurant Marché has been pushed back until fall; when Allison Scheff broke the news at Seattle Magazine, the team was hoping for a late summer open. From the looks of the article's photos, construction hasn't technically begun yet.
Atkinson, a Bainbridge resident, tells the paper that he envisions Marché's customers coming mostly from the island and its environs, rather than Seattle. However he may underestimate the resolve of local food nerds. Most of his investors are islanders as well. The article describes the restaurant as "not as formal as Canlis nor as casual as a bistro," and "a place where a couple can lay out less than $100 for a quality three-course meal and bottle of wine."
Atkinson is perhaps best known for his time at Canlis, but he pops up regularly in print, with cookbooks, and on KCTS cooking segments. An early proponent of eating local, Atkinson was previously associated with Kailash, a vegetarian fine dining project that died a quiet death earlier this year.