[Photos: S. Pratt]
He created a flurry of anticipation this past May after announcing his plans to open a contemporary Spanish restaurant in downtown Seattle. And today, Spinasse's Jason Stratton welcomes his newest project into the world: Aragona. After a weekend of practice runs on friends and family, the sprawling restaurant — perched high enough above the city bustle to create stellar views of the waterfront — is ready to roll.
Helping him pull this off is a not-too-shabby crew : Current Top Chef contestant Carrie Mashaney is chef de cuisine; Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe is both the service and wine director; David Nelson, formerly of Spur, Tavern Law and Il Bistro, is the bar manager, and Portland transplant Clare Gordon will be doing desserts.