Chef Andy Dekle and his wife, Megan Hartz are opening Marée Bistro & Bar later this month in the space just vacated by Cassis. Dekle was the Executive Chef of the Alki iteration of Cassis, while Hartz was part of its management team. Both worked at Cassis for its entire run on Alki.
The new restaurant will retain much of the same staff when it opens later this month. Expect wine from small, quality producers, as well as seasonal, market-inspired French cuisine with Northwest influences Dekle produced at Cassis. Dekle draws heavily on grassfed meat, sustainably-raised and harvested game, and shellfish. The menus will change monthly, but staples such as house-made pâté, steak-frites, salade Lyonnaise, and mussels will be on the menu permanently.
Marée Bistro & Bar will be open for happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. every day except Tuesday. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.
Cassis closed on Alki December 18. It had been there since February 2014; before that, it was located on Capitol Hill for several years. Its owners originally said they were searching for a new home. We'll update if we learn more about that part of the story.