A new locally influenced restaurant coming to Green Lake this summer could be one to watch. Chef David Nichols will open Eight Row, an homage to his family’s cherry orchard in Wenatchee, in early August. Nichols certainly has chops: He most recently headed the kitchen at Queen Anne Beer Hall and well-received downtown restaurant Rider, and before that worked extensively with New York restaurateur and television personality Marc Murphy.
Given Nichols’ resume and the restaurant’s farm focus, Eight Row (7102 Woodlawn Ave NE) could be an exciting addition to the relatively sleepy Green Lake restaurant scene. The restaurant’s name is borrowed from a term referring to large cherry size. The menu will take influence from the growing seasons and cultures of Central Washington, where Nichols grew up, as well as his family traditions. The restaurant’s dining room will seat 70, the bar area 40, and a patio 30.
Nichols’ menu promises original cocktails, a long wine list, happy hour, and weekend brunch with dishes like porchetta, hominy, and a fried egg; crispy sweatbreads and waffles with spiced honey; and Dungeness crab and avocado salad with bearnaise. The restaurant plans to be open daily.