Madison Park Blogger reveals the new location for the Norton family, longtime owners of Pike Place Market-area restaurant 94 Stewart. It seems they have purchased Madison Park Cafe and will be reopening the space as Cafe Parco.
In an email to patrons, Madison Park Cafe owner Karen Binder said 94 Stewart chef Celinda Norton "has all the qualities of the person I was hoping to leave my legacy to: a smart, quirky, strong, talented, capable woman chef." Binder will continue her catering and wine-selling endeavors. She'll be with the Cafe through brunch on August 29. Rich Coffey, the chef at Madison Park Cafe, says he doesn't have a new gig lined up yet, but is considering a few projects and hoping to land somewhere beer-focused; he's the first certified Cicerone, or beer expert, in the state and writes a beer column at Seattlest.
Specifics on the Cafe Parco concept and menu are forthcoming (the family promises "something new and different"). Meanwhile Kastoori Grill has opened in the former 94 Stewart address, serving Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan cuisine. And the restaurant life cycle continues.