Last week, word came that the so far quite popular and well-reviewed Entre Amis would be closing at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue N, at least temporarily, after just four months in business. The restaurant told Queen Anne View that "[owner] Benjamin [Bernard-Luneau] needs to return to France for a bit, and until he can find someone to 'keep the concept of Entre Amis alive,' the restaurant will remain closed." There is no further word from Entre Amis about that timeline, but a new tenant has applied for a liquor license for the address—Austin's 26-year-old wunderkid chef Maxmillian Petty—with plans to open Eden Hill restaurant there by the end of August.
Petty is most well known for his work at Austin's Olivia (for which he was recognized in Zagat Austin's 30 Under 30 Innovative Restaurants last year, and in Austin Man Magazine's 40 Under 40 Awards), but he has also cooked under Jose Andres in DC, and at the King Estate Winery restaurant in Eugene, Oregon. Turns out the chef grew up in Seattle, though, and is primed to offer the city what he describes as his "avant-garde New American small plates." These may potentially include Petty's pig head candy bar, as well as a dish he's dubbed Duck, Duck, Goose (confit of duck in orange and wild fennel, duck egg crepe, grilled goose liver, poached pear, cashew, smoky bleu cheese), and his Foie Gras Mousse Cake Batter, or "Lick the bowl," as he calls it (beetroot sugar, salted pound cake, strawberry chips and vanilla sugar). Ice cubes with frozen edible flowers may also be in store; see more of his dishes on his Instagram.
Petty is also planning a tight, creative cocktail program, with an orange-blossom-honey-painted cocktail glass smoked to order on a cedar plank with bourbon, lemon and rosemary, among other concoctions.
Decor-wise, the young chef says to expect a fairly feminine feel in the 30-seat neighborhood restaurant with white, blue, and floral. At present, Petty hopes to open Eden Hill by the end of the month, and anticipates hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. He is also considering a Sunday brunch. Eden Hill is one of the former names of Queen Anne Hill, though the new restaurant has no connection to the apartments of the same name there. Stay tuned for more updates on what just may be quite a significant—and certainly fun—restaurant development for the city.