If you want to squeeze in a farewell dinner at Lark's longtime 12th Ave. location, you have two options: tonight and tomorrow. The decade-old restaurant from chef/owner John Sundstrom and business partners GM Kelly Ronan and wife JM Enos officially closes on Wednesday, then makes a grand reentrance next month in its new home in the Central Agency Building. The team's mezzanine level bar Bitter/Raw will debut at the same time as Lark, with ground level sandwich and snack bar Slab Sandwiches + Pie emerging a bit later in December.
Last spring, Sundstrom talked with Eater about the process of finding a new space. He toured locations in Lower Queen Anne and Fremont before settling on a location a stone's throw from Lark's home near at 926 12th Ave. He also checked out "mixed use cookie-cutter places on the Hill," but said, "none were that exciting, because there tends to be less love. They want maximum rent and they're happy with a Subway or a dry cleaner."
"We heard about (the space) and initiated a conversation back in the fall," Sundstrom said. "The more we got to look at, the more excited we became. It's a much more unique approach going into an old building that's been redone." The chef calls Lark's new space, with its tall ceilings and big beams, "part of the Seattle experience." See for yourself when Lark and Bitter/Raw open right around Thursday, December 4.
Also, Sundstrom is signing copies of his Lark cookbook at 11:45 this Saturday at Fremont's Book Larder during an Indies First/Small Business Saturday event.