West Seattle is down a French restaurant after Marée Bistro and Bar closed Saturday, March 31. Marée, which opened in January 2016 as a replacement for another French spot, Cassis, posted a brief farewell on Facebook, saying simply, “Adieu! Thanks for sharing our table,” but without any further explanation for the closure.
Cassis, which had previously been located on Capitol Hill, closed its Alki business in December 2016 after nearly three years with the hint that it might reopen elsewhere. Chef Andy Dekle, former executive chef of Cassis, and his wife, Megan Hartz, who was part of Cassis’ management team, retained much of the Cassis staff when they opened Marée.
Their menu was made up of wine from small, high-quality producers, as well as seasonal French cuisine with Northwest influences, similar to what Dekle produced at Cassis, focusing particularly on grass-fed meat, sustainably raised and harvested game, and shellfish. The menus changed monthly, but soem items, like pâté made by the restaurant, steak-frites, salade Lyonnaise, and mussels, were permanent additions.