[Photo: S. Pratt]
Eric Sakai and Zarina Sakai are launching their first project, Restaurant Marron, this week in the former Olivar space in the Loveless Building on Capitol Hill. The location appears on any list of Seattle's jinxed spaces—it's hosted a string of restaurants that should have worked, or worked for a while, then fell flat. But Marron is poised to break the curse, with its mission to serve "inventive cuisine" that's high-end and inclusive at the same time.
The couple has added their own aesthetic to one of Seattle's most distinctive dining rooms, with those gorgeous murals painted by Vladimir Shkurkin front and center. Fancy stemware and china are on display, but there's no dress code. Diners can drop $98 per person on a carte blanche menu with between 8 and 10 bites, or $39 on an appetizer and entree.
Restaurant Marron's soft opening was last night. Starting this week, it will be open from 5-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 5-9 p.m. on Sundays.