As others have noted, the next month promise a barrage of interesting restaurant openings. And hey, a few of them aren't even on Capitol Hill. Down in Mt. Baker, right near the Leschi border, neighborhood bistro A La Bonne Franquette has pushed back its opening, now targeting early August.
Chef Hamed Elnazir was born in Sudan, and owns the restaurant with his French-born wife, Pascale Brochier. Elnazir trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York, and has been doing catering at St. Clouds in Madrona for the past three years. He's planning a market-driven French menu influenced by his African background.
Though low-key in nature, A La Bonne Franquette's arrival is sure to be big news in a neighborhood that is sorely under-restauranted. The couple was originally targeting a Ravenna location, which fell through. They found this space in a most random way: the address is similar to their home address in Madrona, and when Elnazir stopped by the drop off some misdelivered mail, he noticed the space was for rent.
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