Fans of Dot's Charcuterie and Bistrot, which closed in Fremont in June of 2014, can take some consolation in this news: Owner Miles James is opening Dot's Butcher & Deli in Pike Place Market in just two months.
But here's the catch: The new Dot's is not going to be the same as the Fremont restaurant. And it will be only vaguely reminiscent of the bistro's previous iteration as Dot's Delicatessen, the sandwich shop that existed before a temporary closure and remodel that transformed the space into the more dinner-focused bistro. That version lasted three months before James shut it down completely.
James says he never really had plans to reopen Dot's, which was named after his grandmother. He's been working at Radiator Whiskey and learned that the Corner Market space Sea Breeze Farm moved into this spring—and apparently just as quickly vacated—was up for grabs. James jumped on the opportunity to take over the small space.
Expect a "butcher shop primarily" with just seven stools for diners. James will offer four or five sandwiches along with pâté, cured meat, and sausage.
"There will be nothing off the menu from Dot's," James says. "We'll have a porchetta but it will be different from Dot's. I'm not opening the exact same Dot's as before, but the new space will carry the spirit of it." He's also planning a brisket sandwich and one involving corned beef, though it won't be a Reuben. There will be take-away options and, eventually, maybe lunch delivery for downtown workers.
James is hoping to be open before July 4; such a small space should make the quick turnaround possible.