If you've been in the area long enough, you remember that before Microsoft reigned in Redmond, agriculture did. Can't picture it? Hang on a few weeks, and you'll be able to with Scott Staples' (Quinn's, Restaurant Zoe, Uneeda Burger) new Feed Co Burger, taking over the old Bill the Butcher space (7990 Leary Way NE) in old town Redmond.
Staples is already celebrated for his (delicious) burgers at Uneeda and Quinn's, but says Feed Co is a completely different brand, meant to evoke Redmond's rural roots and maintain the granary-style charm of the old butchery building.
"All of our restaurants are independent and different," Staples says. "We're not into doing multiples."
At the new burger restaurant, expect quick-service burgers ranging from $5 (a quarter pound classic) to about $14, made of beef, lamb, turkey, elk, Chinese water buffalo, and more. There will also be a few non-burger sandwiches, along with fries (sweet potato and regular), onion rings, and a seasonal tempura program with sauces (green beans, squash, broccolini, and more), like Staples has had at Quinn's and Zoe. For drinks, Feed Co will have 14 beers on tap, as well as wine available by the glass and bottle, and hand-dipped shakes for the sweet set.
The 2000-square-foot space which Staples' wife Heather describes as "rural roadside with urban cool" will seat 50 inside and 30 on the deck out back, with front picnic tables, too. Staples says he'll be promoting from within his restaurant group to head up both the front and back of the house, and he'll also be at the Feed Co regularly in its opening months. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, and the current plan is to open sometime the week of July 13.