Another Ethan Stowell restaurant is just around the corner. Stowell announced today that he's bringing his smallest restaurant to date to Tangletown. It's called mkt. (pronounced "market"), and at just 600 square-feet will seat about 28 people, including five seats looking into the kitchen — undeniably the star of this new operation.
mkt. will be located in the Keystone Building, which currently houses Elysian Brewing's Tangletown Pub and Mighty-O Donuts. It was formerly the original studio of photographer Chase Jarvis, who lives down the street. Says Stowell:
Chase and (his wife and business partner) Kate had been trying to get a restaurant in there at some point, and it just fell into the realm of what we want to do. Our goal is to take restaurants to neighborhoods and it kind of fit and it seems to make sense. It's a small neighborhood and it's a small space. It's us definitely branching out from doing Italian — something people will see more of from us.
Stowell is shooting for a mid-September opening.
Heading up the kitchen will be Joe Ritchie, who has been spending time recently cooking and working on recipe development inside the growing empire that is Ethan Stowell Restaurants (this will be Stowell's eighth restaurant, including Ballard Pizza Co). He also spent more than six years working with Jerry Traunfeld at both The Herbfarm and Poppy and was recently involved in the re-launch of Ray's.
Many of the dishes will be cooked on a wood-fired grill using apple wood, and the menu will be divided into four categories, and could very well look something like this:
Zucchini fritters with lemon thyme pesto $9
Dinah's cheese with walnuts and tomato-honey preserve $8
Pumpernickel with cured salmon, dill crème fraîche $11
Albacore ceviche with citrus-cucumber ice, coriander, pickled red onions $14
Dungeness crab salad with tart apple, tarragon, endive $13
Seared halibut with braised artichoke hearts, chanterelles, chrysanthemum greens, dried chilies $22
Grilled rabbit, frisee, bacon salad, savory, juniper $12
Fried quail with spicy dates, pickled mustard greens $15
Grilled lamb tongue, baby beets, horseradish, grilled bread $13
Summer vegetable tagine with rosemary, olive oil, preserved lemon $12
Raw porcini mushroom salad with parmigiano-reggiano $11
Smoked wild mushrooms, duck egg, crispy barley $11
mkt. will be open daily from 5 to 10 pm and until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. The place is already taking reservations: (206) 812-1580.
UPDATE: Just kidding! Stowell's camp says the new restaurant is not quite ready to take rezzies. Soon, though.