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Chatalas brothers partner with restaurant duo for Tavern Hall design
The brothers behind Cactus restaurants have partnered with veteran restauranteurs James Weimann and Deming Maclise to bring Tavern Hall to Bellevue Square, promising a hang out spot complete with 20 beers on tap, dinner gatherings, shuffleboard and private dining space among its offerings.
Filling a void in Bellevue Square left by the shuttered Munchbar, Marc and Bret Chatalas are pairing their expertise with Weimann and Maclise, who together have opened hot spots like Bastille, Poquito's, Macleod's, Stoneburner and Von Trapp's. Marc Chatalas writes on Tavern Hall's forming website "their uncanny ability to source obscure materials and create unique dining environments really sets them apart in the industry." The two were tapped by the Chatalas brothers after they lost their original architect.
"These guys are designers without equal, and should be getting national attention for their process and results," states Marc Chatalas on the website. "And so, despite 'competing' with them in the Mexican arena, we knew bringing them into this project was our best chance at creating something special.”
Among the decor gathered up for the 9,500-square-foot space are original lanterns from Coney Island, church windows from Portland, a facade from a former psychiatric hospital in upstate New York and a giant clock from Buenos Aires. There also will be fireplaces, five shuffleboard tables, multiple televisions and seating for 300. Tavern Hall will include three separate spaces for larger gatherings.
“Creatively, this project is really interesting because there really isn't anything like Tavern Hall on the Eastside," states culinary director Brent Novotny on the site. "It will fill a void with approachable, upscale comfort food; a great burger, lots of delicious shareable appetizers, and a brick oven for flatbreads and pretzels. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited to place this kind of food in the context of such a large, lively environment. This will be a Seattle dining experience tailored for a clientele on the Eastside. And it's going to be fun!”
Tavern Hall is set to open this summer and offer "tavern fare" that includes wings, flatbreads, pretzels and a custom-grind burger program "that will be the showcase of the offering." There will also be beer tastings, weekend brunch and special dinner gatherings. Minors will be allowed in the dining room until 8 p.m.