Herban Feast, the catering venue on First Avenue S. headed by culinary entreprenur BJ Duft and chef Dalis Chea, will take over the essentially defunct operation of its SoDo neighbor, Urban Enoteca, which shut its restaurant doors in January.
The new name for the space is The Foundry. It accommodates 25 to 500 people for weddings, classes, private parties and corporate events.
When it opened, Urban Enoteca was a tasting room for half a dozen small wineries based outside the Seattle area. Owner Terry Thompson had converted an office furniture warehouse into the tasting room and event space. The kitchen was designed by chef Jason Wilson of Crush. But the space never caught on as a freestanding restaurant. When the original wineries stopped participating, Thompson attempted to keep the space open on weekends, saying he wanted to concentrate on private events, but did not succeed.
Herban Feast, meantime, runs a catering business, a design studio and an events space in SoDo as well as a restaurant, Fresh Bistro, in West Seattle.