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Seattle's Swankiest New Steakhouse Opens Its Bar Tonight

Peek at the interior and at the menus for The Butcher's Table

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Today Sugar Mountain rolls out phase two of its latest project, high-end Wagyu beef-only steakhouse The Butcher's Table.

Last week the butcher and sandwich shop launched to sell-out lunch crowds; today, it's the upstairs bar area, an open concept bright with light woods, a massive chandelier, and plenty of huge windows suitable for seeing and being seen by the Amazonia crowds. Above, take a look inside with preview photos taken by Suzi Pratt and provided by The Butcher's Table. Below, see menus for lunch, for the bar, and for the daily happy hour (check the website for additional menus as they become available).

Preview events last week showcased various cuts of Wagyu beef wood-fired to perfection by executive chef Morgan Mueller and sliced by company founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier; a strong line-up of local draft beers, wines, and signature cocktails like the Seattle Sazerac with Rittenhouse rye, espresso liqueur, absinthe, and cardamom bitters; and outrageously compelling pepper doughnuts as part of a dessert program that appears to be making excellent use of the establishment's separate pastry kitchen, led by Mueller's wife and pastry chef Ellie. At this point, the company's goal of being "Seattle's next great luxury restaurant" doesn't seem like a stretch.

The lounge will host live music every night from 8 to 11 a.m., mostly solo acoustic artists whose tunes will be piped through the entire restaurant. The dining room downstairs, slated to open Tuesday, July 26, is a more direct play on the classic steakhouse feel: much darker, with a huge working fireplace (filled with candles for the summer but expected to roar to life in winter) and lots of quiet rooms and nooks separated for private groups.

Sugar Mountain is the parent group for Beecher's Handmade Cheese and many other food businesses, including Mishima Reserve, one of the country's biggest brands of Wagyu cattle, raised in Colorado. Reserving choice cuts for its own restaurant, the company can still sell the rest of the animal to other sources.

2121 Westlake Ave, (206) 971-4123, website. Serving lunch Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; happy hour daily 3 to 6 p.m.; dinner daily 5 to 10 p.m.; late night daily 10 p.m. to midnight; live music is scheduled daily 8 to 11 p.m.

The Butcher's Table Menus: Lunch, Bar, and Happy Hour by Adam on Scribd

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The Butcher's Table

2121 Westlake Avenue, , WA 98121 (206) 209-5990 Visit Website