Huge news today first reported by Seattle Magazine that Beard-winning chef Scott Carsberg will close Bisato on October 14. Carsberg has had a twenty-year run at the Belltown spot now occupied by Bisato, formerly home to the more upscale (and more expensive) Lampreia. In 2010, dealing with the aftermath of the recession, Carsberg decided to roll with the times and offer small Ventian-style small bites at lower prices. This closing announcement comes as a surprise, since Bisato has just been recognized as one of the 50 Best Emerging Italian Restaurants in the world by Restaurant Magazine (the same publication that propelled Noma and chef Rene Redzepi to their current renown).
A press release sent out today explains that Carsberg and his wife/business partner Hyun Joo Paek are worn out: "the intensity of this schedule for two decades straight has left them very little time to themselves." Immediately after the shutter, Carsberg and Paek will continue working on a book and will spend times to travel and visit friends and family. After a "brief break," Carsberg will explore "fresh restaurant and food concepts as well as ?elding offers for new opportunities." Meanwhile, fine dining fans, you still have three weeks to get over to Bisato before it closes. They will offer a "greatest hits" menu in the interim.