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Bellevue Beat | Bellevue Brothers To Spice Up Dining Scene in Downtown Bellevue



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Brothers Bret and Marc Chatalas, born and raised in Bellevue, are finally bringing their Cactus Restaurant home to Bellevue. Expected to open in June 2013, this innovative Southwestern style restaurant will take over the space previously occupied by Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill, which announced it will close its doors January 31, 2013.

The 6,400 square foot Bellevue Cactus restaurant is still being designed but is expected to be fashioned after an urban Mexican neighborhood restaurant.

"We love what Bellevue has become and we were excited with the prospect of being part of the ongoing transformation," says Marc Chatalas. "We always had our eye on Bellevue but did not want to take the leap until we found the right location and when we felt that Bellevue was ready for Cactus.  When we learned the Z'Tejas location at The Bellevue Collection was available, we immediately saw the potential."

Since opening their first restaurant in Madison Park in 1990, the Chatalas brothers have grown to serve innovative Southwestern and Mexican cuisines in restaurants in Kirkland, South Lake Union and Alki Beach. Famous for opening Seattle's first tapas bar, Cactus continues to cook up fresh seasonal menus and award winning margaritas nightly.

What do you think of Cactus replacing Z'Tejas at Bellevue Square? Warm cornbread or nachos and salsa? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Published: January 21, 2013
Photo courtesy of Cactus Restaurant


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