[Photo: Tray Kitchen/Facebook]
Chef Heong Soon Park (Bacco, Chan) is opening the "dim-sum style" Tray Kitchen in Ballard. Note the word style in the above sentence: Small plates, not dumplings, will be wheeled around the dining room—Nosh Pit connected the dots back to San Francisco's cart-centric State Bird Provisions, which served as inspiration for Tray's concept.
Park is bringing on Graham Baba Architects (Melrose Market and The Walrus and The Carpenter) to design the restaurant in a new construction at 4012 Leary Way NW. The space will have an open, central kitchen preparing a seasonally changing menu that contains between 15 to 20 dishes served on a cart and ten a la carte items.
Vegetables will be sourced from Park's organic farm in Woodinville and other area producers; seafood and beef are all coming from the region as well. Ben Reden (ex-Stoneburner) has been brought on as sous chef; Jon Blechman (a former beverage director at Mario Batali's Lupa) is managing the front of the house. Tray Kitchen is scheduled to open this fall.
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