Jason Stoneburner, most widely known for his highly-regarded namesake Ballard restaurant, will lead the kitchen at a new downtown Kenmore restaurant called Seaplane Kitchen and Bar. Also behind the project are James Weimann and Deming Maclise, the restaurateurs who own Poquitos, Rhein Haus, and Bastille. Weimann and Maclise also partnered on Stoneburner, which opened in 2013.
Stoneburner’s menu for Seaplane sounds like it may have some similarities with that of his Ballard restaurant. There are promises of pizzas and roasted vegetables, along with fried chicken, salads, and a burger. Seaplane’s kitchen will draw on locally-sourced ingredients, sustainably-raised meat, organic vegetables, and Washington-grown flour from Shepherd’s Grain for the pizza dough. Pizza will be available to go.
For the “bar” portion, Bastille and Stoneburner bar manager and Seaplane co-owner Erik Carlson has developed a menu of 14 drafts with a healthy representation from local breweries, classic cocktails, and growler fills.
Jason Stoneburner is also working on a fast casual restaurant for the new indoor surf park in Issaquah, which should open this spring.
Seaplane will be the third seaplane-themed establishment to open in the area recently, joining Otter Bar and Burger (named after the Otter seaplane) and Bar Charlie on Stone Way.