Dinette is Relocating


After Eight Great Years, It’s Time to Find a New Space

Chef and owner Melissa Nyffeler has decided that it’s time for Dinette to find a new home. The Capitol Hill restaurant that was borne out of popular supper parties at Nyffeler’s tiny apartment has had a wonderful eight years on East Olive Way, but a new space is in the cards—it’s high time for a larger kitchen and a few more seats at the bar.

The original Dinette suppers began as a way for Nyffeler to delve deeper into cooking and explore whatever piqued her interest—making fresh pasta, baking bread, new cuisines—and the restaurant carried on that tradition of thoughtful, heartfelt food. It also carried on the tradition of working out of a tiny kitchen: Nyffeler and the kitchen staff have been cooking using only a four-burner electric range and a toaster. A new space will mean more room in the kitchen and more burners—Nyffeler couldn’t be more excited!

“It’s bittersweet to leave this space,” says Nyffeler, “it’s served us so well and become such a home, but it’s time to move on. A new space is ripe with possibilities and I am excited to see where we land. Endless possibilities!”

Nyffeler is still on the lookout for the perfect space, but fans can expect Dinette to reopen in 2014. The ambience will remain much the same (the iconic platters will be back on the walls) as will the lovingly prepared food that comes out of the kitchen. And of course: toast.

As a final hurrah on East Olive Way, Nyffeler and the gang will be putting on threeSunday Suppers in December. They’ve long put on monthly suppers that recall Dinette’s apartment days—these last three promise to be especially wonderful. The themes for the suppers are:

December 8: Yucatan
December 15: Southern French Dinner, featuring Cassoulet
December 22: Spanish Tapas

These family-style affairs being at 6pm. Cost is $40/person, with cocktails, wine, beer, and desserts available for purchase. Seating is limited to 36 guests and reservations are required. Please call, 206.328.2282, Monday thru Friday between 10am and 5pmto reserve a seat at the table.

Monday, December 23 will be the last night of service at Dinette. They’ll be open at5pm and dinner will be served until 9pm with glasses of champagne being poured throughout the evening to celebrate this incarnation of Dinette.

Guests, fans, and friends are invited to stop in for a sweet goodbye with toasts of both the wine and bread varieties. And maybe, a few tears.

Dinette is located at 1514 E. Olive Way in Seattle. For reservations, call 206.328.2282 or book online at dinetteseattle.com. Fans can keep up with the progress of the new Dinette on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dinette/107943552624

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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