Good news for Seattle vegans looking for a good spot downtown. Local 360 — the popular Belltown mainstay that focuses on locally-sourced food — announced that it is opening a new all-vegan offshoot on Friday called, naturally, Local Vegan. The new restaurant is located in the same building as Local 360, but has a separate dining room, kitchen, and entrance (on Bell Street), with seating for 45. Its tasting menu features seven plant-based courses for $68, with an additional $20 for wine pairings. Items include wild mushroom mousse, oven roasted carrots with a vegetable demi glace, and almond cheese macarons with Tonnemaker Family Orchard apricot compote. Hours will be from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
Local 360 is well known for sourcing its ingredients from farms around the area (within a 360 mile radius), and that will continue with its vegan sibling. Not only are the apricots local, but there will also be Newakum Valley Farm kale and an herb and pea soup made with hazelnuts from Holmquist Orchards. Chef Scott Emerick — who has been overseeing the kitchen at Local 360 for the past three years — says that the menu will rotate weekly and perhaps even daily, depending on what farmers have available.
This isn’t the first time Local 360 has attempted to expand its brand. The restaurant opened up a burger spot in Bellevue in 2014 called Local Burger, but it closed last year. Maybe it will find more success with Local Vegan. The neighborhood could use a solid vegan-only option — most of the best ones in the city are either in Capitol Hill or farther north.