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Bellevue Beat | W Bellevue teams up with local James Beard-award winning chef for new restaurant

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James Beard Award-winning chef and Eastside resident, Chef Jason Wilson announced an agreement with Kemper Development Company and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. to open a restaurant in the upcoming Lincoln Square expansion and forthcoming W Bellevue hotel.

W Bellevue - rendering by Neoscape courtesy of Kemper Development Company Chef Wilson, who earned national acclaim for his first restaurant, Crush, also owns Seattle's wood-fired steakhouse, Miller's Guild, a consultancy business, and is executive chef of Coffee Flour. Adding to his culinary repertoire, the Bellevue restaurant, yet to be named, is slated to open in summer 2017. This will be his first Eastside restaurant.

The restaurant will evoke a modern take on the spirit of the Pacific Northwest farmhouse, from design to menu. Balanced and refined, the produce-driven menu will be dictated by the seasonal, local bounty of the region, reinterpreted by Chef Jason Wilson in his signature style of simple, clean and fresh cooking.

The overall project's contemporary Northwest concept and design also takes form in a vibrant, destination cocktail bar in W Bellevue. Speakeasy meets sophisticated playhouse, the bar will feature craft cocktails and a cocktail-driven food menu with exclusive lounge areas -- the backdrop for a vibrant music and arts scene.

Creating a concept and menu from a sense of place, Seattle-based design and architecture firm, Graham Baba, will work with Chef Jason Wilson to capture a space reminiscent of a Pacific Northwest farmhouse, with a modern approach and sensibility. The restaurant and bar will complement the hotel's cutting-edge design. Chef Jason Wilson will work with Public Library on the restaurant's branding.

The restaurant will reside on the second floor of W Bellevue and the bar on street level, located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 8th Streets. The restaurant will be open throughout the day and provide food and beverage service for the hotel's 245 modern guestrooms, including 25 suites and an Extreme Wow SuiteĀ® (the W brand's reinterpretation of the traditional Presidential Suite), as well as the 231 luxury rental residences.

In June, the Bellevue Collection management announced that Joseph & Randi Brazen, owners of Bellevue's 520 Bar & Grill, will open a new restaurant in the upcoming Lincoln Square Expansion set to begin opening in 2016.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Donnelly.

Published: November 17, 2015

 

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