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Book Bindery is closing June 28 after chef Shaun McCrain departs to launch a new, TBA project. But not for long: After a short remodel the restaurant will reopen with a new look, new name (also TBA) and a new chef: Nicolas "Nico" Borzee.
Currently on the staff roster at Jason Stratton's Artusi, Borzee created a tasting menu that's so good people starting sticking around for dinner instead of just drinking at the excellent bar before heading next door to Spinasse. Borzee began cooking when he was 15 in a French restaurant in Alsace, where he was born.
His resume keeps getting more impressive: The chef completed a two-year stint at the Michelin-starred L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and La Table du Lancaster in Paris. Next stop: Monaco, where he worked in the kitchen at Bar et Boeuf, also Michelin-starred (sensing a theme?) and then cooked for three years in the triple-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris. He worked as sous chef for San Francisco's double-Michelin-starred Coi before moving to Seattle last summer.
Whatever it's going to be called, the Book Bindery is only getting more exciting. Remodeling begins in July, with a reopening scheduled for late August.
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