One Ballard business closes, another opens.
Stoneburner, the anticipated Ballard Avenue restaurant housed on the ground floor of the new Hotel Ballard and named after Bastille chef Jason Stoneburner, now has an opening date of June 25. By way of press release this afternoon:
Chef Stoneburner and Bastille general manager and wine director James Lechner will be operating partners at the new restaurant, dividing their time between the two Ballard Avenue locations.
Lechner has put together a program that focuses on wines from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the Pacific Northwest, featuring gems from around the globe. Erik Carlson, bar operations manager of Bastille, Poquitos et al, has created a cocktail program that complements the (Mediterranean-influenced) menu.
Dawn Smith will be the dining room manager and lead sommelier. Smith comes most recently from Cafe Juanita, and she has experience at multiple Seattle restaurants including Canlis and the Heavy Restaurant Group.
The 3,500 square-foot restaurant with approximately 120 seats (and a killer 1,370 square-foot event space atop the hotel) is the brain child of James Weimann and Deming Maclise, the power pair behind Bastille, Poquitos, Macleod's, and Von Trapp's. That means patrons can expect to be visually stunned with furnishings and other architectural details sourced from around the globe, for instance:
The bar has a timeless feel, with warm wood from the decommissioned Italian Embassy in Buenos Aires, a classic turn-of-the-century pressed tin ceiling from an old schoolhouse, and hammered glass factory windows - all products from a by-gone era in which things were built to last.
Now, the menu:
The menu will revolve around stone hearth cooking and handmade pastas, with a dedication to using farm fresh and artisan foods. Chef Stoneburner will be showcasing the best of the Northwest with local fish, shellfish, meats, and seasonal vegetables. The menu will be divided into Snacks, Small Plates, Veggies, Greens, Beans & Grain Salads, Pasta, Pizza Pies, and Plates.
Stoneburner will be strictly "lunch only" during the opening week, 11 am to 2 pm, Tues-Fri, with a Saturday brunch from 10 am to 3 pm. Starting July 1, the restaurant will begin full service with lunch Mon- Fri, 11 am to 2 pm, weekend brunch from 10 am to 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and dinner daily from 5 pm to 10 pm, 11 pm on Friday and Saturday, plus a light fare bar menu daily from 2 to 5 pm.