Seattle will lose one of its best restaurants in mid-October, when Fremont’s Le Petit Cochon shutters. Chef Derek Ronspies has served seriously underrated farm-to-table fare since opening the restaurant in 2013.
From the start, Ronspies dedicated himself fully to nose-to-tail, farm-to-table cooking, walking the walk in a way that many other chefs claim to. His food is bold and unapologetic, showing a rebellious edge but also his deep respect for local farmers, fishers, and ranchers. His menu often includes items like blood sausage and charcuterie made on-site, foraged truffles, pork tartare, and fried pig tail or chicken liver.
The restaurant announced the news on Facebook, saying, “This decision does not come easily and without sadness. We have enjoyed bringing to our table an expression of the very unique and exciting food that is produced by some of the best farmers in the PNW.” The post didn’t give the reason for the closure, but did promise more information — and presumably an exact closure date — as mid-October draws nearer. Eater hasn’t yet received a response to a request for comment from Ronspies.