The Historic Keystone Building to House Smallest Restaurant to Date
mkt., pronounced market, is the newest restaurant from Ethan Stowell, with a projected opening date of mid-September. Located at 2108 N 55th Street, mkt. gets its name from Meridian, the traditional name for the neighborhood; the historic Keystone Building it’s housed in; and Tangletown, as the area is now known. With just 28 seats, mkt. will be an intimate space serving thoughtful, contemporary American fare with a dedication to Northwest products, and Stowell’s smallest restaurant to date at a mere 600 square feet.
The cocktail menu will be limited to a small selection of barrel-aged cocktails, mixed and aged in-house. A full wine menu and a selection of beers will be available as well.
Stowell has brought in Joe Ritchie to run the kitchen at mkt. Ritchie has spent the last few months cooking his way though the Ethan Stowell Restaurants and working with Stowell on menu development. Ritchie spent six plus years working with famed Seattle chef Jerry Traunfeld, first as sous chef of the Herbfarm and later as chef de cuisine at Poppy. He did a three-year stint as executive chef of the highly rated Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek, Colorado and most recently he was involved in the re-launch of Ray’s Boathouse.
“We are very excited to bring a talented and experienced chef like Joe into the fold,” says Stowell. I’m really looking forward to seeing where he goes with the menu.”
Many of the dishes will be cooked on a wood-fired grill using apple wood, and the menu will be divided into four categories: Snacks, Fish, Meat, and Vegetables. An example of a few menu items is below.
Zucchini fritters with lemon thyme pesto $9
Dinah’s cheese with walnuts and tomato-honey preserve $8
Pumpernickel with cured salmon, dill crème fraîche $11
Hamachi tuna ceviche with citrus-cucumber ice, coriander, pickled red onions $15
Dungeness crab salad with tart apple, tarragon, endive $14
Seared halibut with braised artichoke hearts, chanterelles, chrysanthemum greens, dried chilies $23
Grilled rabbit, frisee, bacon salad, savory, juniper $14
Fried quail with marble potato salad, roasted plum sauce, rosemary $16
Grilled lamb tongue, baby beets, horseradish, grilled bread $13
Summer vegetable tagine with rosemary, olive oil, preserved lemon $12
Porcini-ricotta ravioli with mushroom broth, shaved porcini $15
Smoked wild mushrooms, duck egg, crispy barley, thyme $11
mkt. will be open daily from 5pm to 10pm and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. For reservations, call 206.812.1580 or book online at www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com.
mkt. is a furthering of Stowell’s aim to enliven Seattle’s many variegated neighborhoods and create gathering places for residents. Sprinkled across the city, both north and south of the ship canal, Ethan Stowell Restaurants have become an integral part of many Seattle neighborhoods, and the group is excited to get to know the Tangletown area.
Located in the original studio of renowned photographer Chase Jarvis, the Keystone Building has a bright history of housing grocery stores, restaurants, a bakery and other artisanal shops dating back to 1910. Since relocating their studio in 2007, Jarvis and his wife and business partner, Kate, have maintained the lease in hopes of someday bringing in a restaurant that would complement the already vibrant neighborhood.
“We’ve lived down the street for 17 years,” explains Jarvis, “and we couldn’t be more excited about mkt.”