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Eric and Sophie Banh are turning a former architect's office around the corner from their Vietnamese spot Ba Bar into a steakhouse called 7 Beef. The concept from the sibling chefs has been on Eater's rumored restaurant list for the past several months, and this morning comes confirmation and details about the project at 1305 E. Jefferson St.
The 4,000-square-foot Central District space will seat 90 diners, including a bar and a communal table. The dinner-only menu features classic cuts and Bò 7 Món, the traditional, seven-course Vietnamese beef dinner the restaurant was named after.
The interior is getting a full makeover from The Architecture Department, with warm wood, copper, and exposed beams, plus a kitchen tricked out with a 48-inch wood fired grill that will also smoke and broil meat. Back to the menu: Because this is Seattle, beef will always come from grass-fed, local cows that will be broken down in the restaurant's own butchery room. Plus, some less common cuts, like coulotte and oyster steaks, will be served with French and Vietnamese-inspired side dishes.
Ba Bar pastry chef Roger Martinho will contribute baked goods, with Scott Emerick (the former owner of Cremant, now the Ethan Stowell steakhouse Red Cow) leading the kitchen crew.
The Banhs have had their hands full lately, opening a new project every three years since starting Monsoon East in Bellevue in 2008, followed by Ba Bar in 2011. They launched Monsoon in Capitol Hill in 1999, reopening earlier this month with a gorgeous new bar.
And again, since this is Seattle, a small on-site parking lot will include electric car charging stations. Expect it to be full when 7 Beef's doors open by late fall.
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