When Melissa Miranda was announced as a James Beard Award semifinalist this week for her restaurant Musang, it was hardly a surprise. Since its opening in 2020, the Filipino Beacon Hill spot has become of of the city’s most famous restaurants; Miranda was a James Beard semifinalist in ’22 and ’23 as well. But there’s no way to eat at Musang at the moment, and maybe not for a while longer — Miranda has been forced to close for at least a month after the restaurant’s pipes froze and burst, necessitating emergency repairs.
News of this damage first broke a couple weeks ago, when Musang said on Instagram that damage to the pipes would necessitate it closing for a night. It reopened, but on Tuesday posted another, more worrying, note to Instagram. “The damage extends beyond what we originally thought and were informed this morning that we must close ASAP to begin repairs,” the restaurant’s account wrote.
In an email to Eater Seattle, Miranda said, “We are closed for a minimum of a month — most likely two to three months” to deal with damage above the kitchen. The Musang team will open the catering space at 2532 Beacon Avenue (next door to the restaurant) from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays for “an intimate dinner experience, serving Musang-inspired food,” Miranda said. Her other restaurant, Kilig, will be expanding its hours so it’s open from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. (More information can be found here.) Miranda has started a crowdfunding campaign to support her staff during the closure.
Many Seattle restaurants have had to deal with burst pipes after a nasty cold snap hit the region in mid-January — flooding at the Angry Beaver may be the final straw for that bar’s owner, Eater Seattle reported last week.
This setback for Musang, however long it lasts, shouldn’t disqualify it from being nominated as finalist for the James Beard Awards. “Dining establishments must be accessible for members of the voting body to visit for tastings,” the awards committee wrote in response to a question from Eater Seattle. But “the voting body also considers tasting experiences at candidates’ establishments if it occurred within the past 12 months.” So because voters have been able to eat at recently it’s not out of the running,
“We’re on a roller coaster ride of emotions over here,” Miranda wrote on Instagram after she was selected as a semifinalist. “Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, maraming maraming salamat (thank you very much in Tagalog).”
Update, 1/29 8:40 a.m.: This article has been updated to include comment from Melissa Miranda.