We shed a tear when Thierry Rautureau put Rover's on the market after what seemed like forever. And now, despite the chef being tight-lipped about his future plans, comes confirmation on exactly where his new project will be.
Since before Rover's even officially closed, The Chef in the Hat has been dropping broad hints about a new project. He's still got Luc, of course, his informal bistro at 2900 E. Madison, but he's also told a lot of folks about his new venture Loulay, in honor of his family birthplace in the Charentes-Maritimes district of western France.
We now know that it will be taking over the old Alvin Goldfarb space at Sixth and Union on the Sheraton Hotel block; a block worthy of a destination restaurant. When the Sheraton opened, it featured a fine-dining spot called Fuller's, named for a patron of Seattle arts, with a series of high-profile female chefs (Emily Moore, Kathy Casey, Danielle Custer). And now, Loulay Kitchen & Bar is aiming to continue that tradition. It's very early in the build-out process. Two levels, from what we could see, not overly large inside, with an opening date still to be announced but surely in time for the holidays.
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