Unique Partnership Forming On The Eastside
There are various partnerships in the restaurant & bar world. Some are often financial, while others are quite familial. In the early 1990s, Marc & Bret Chatalas formed the latter in Madison Park with their first restaurant, Cactus. What began as a humble tapas joint near the park eventually grew into a very successful restaurant group, with locations in Kirkland, Alki Beach, South Lake Union and most recently Bellevue Square. Cactus Restaurants have always delivered on both exceptional service and a truly innovative and inspired menu, featuring cuisine from Mexico and the American Southwest.
So what happens when two of the best restaurant operators team up with two of the best restaurant designers? A brand-new partnership. The brothers Chatalas have teamed up with James & Deming to create something very special on the Eastside.Introducing Tavern Hall.
Tavern Hall will be located just off the sky bridge between Lincoln Square and Bellevue Square surrounded by a sea of free parking. Tavern Hall is going to be casual and fun—a place to hang out with friends, play some shuffleboard, watch the game, and order up the best burger on the Eastside. And yes, you can actually “hang out” there—they want you to.
Tavern Hall will offer 20 beers on tap with plenty of your local favorites, as well as a complete cocktail program. The menu itself will be standard tavern fare—think wings, pretzels, flatbreads, and a custom-grind burger program that will be the showcase of the offering. Add to that beer tastings, weekend brunch, and special dinner gatherings throughout the month—here think Sunday Supper and Spaghetti Night.
—BRENT NOVOTNY, CULINARY DIRECTOR
While Tavern Hall will be a huge draw for singles and couples looking for a way to relax and have fun, the space is also designed to be the premier private dining space on the Eastside. It will offer three separate spaces each suitable for groups of up to 50 and can be combined into one large space perfect for groups of up to 200 people.
Regarding the space, if you’ve seen anything James & Deming have designed in the past you might have an idea of what they can (literally) bring to the table. The two have become quite adept at sourcing arcane material from all over the globe and Tavern Hall will continue this tradition. Collected thus far are some original lanterns from Coney Island, Church windows from Portland, Oregon, a giant clock from Buenos Aires, and an entire facade from a former psychiatric hospital in upstate New York. There will be several fire places, shuffle board tables, televisions for game day, and enough seating for 300 people.
It’s natural to assume that the two groups behind this new endeavor might actually consider themselves rivals—after all, they both run wildly popular Mexican joints with outdoor patios where the margaritas flow freely—but that thought didn’t really occur to any of them at first.
Tavern Hall is going to be an eclectic gathering place with a little something for everybody. And it’s also going to be an exciting partnership between two local restaurant groups hoping to bring something unique and vital to the Eastside. Tavern Hall is opening this summer.
See you in Bellevue!
Opening Date: Summer 2014
Location: Bellevue Square (Formerly Munchbar)
Square Footage: 9500
Food: Tavern Fare, Exceptional Burger, Flatbreads, Sharable Appetizers
Drink: 20 taps, Full Cocktail Program
Activities: 5 Shuffleboard Tables, Darts, Foosball, Live DJ Fridays & Saturdays
Age Restrictions: Minors allowed in dining room until 8PM
Contact: Marc Chatalas
Hearth Baked Pretzel
Smoked white cheddar sauce, peanut butter, bacon dip.
Blistered Shishito Peppers
Charred lemon, sea salt.
Hand-Cut Ahi Nachos
Spicy ahi tuna, avocado, habanero aioli, chimichurri.
Portuguese sausage, cherry peppers.
Tomato & Ricotta
Oven roasted tomatoes, basil.
Tavern Hall Burger
Classic Chuck and Sirloin grind on a potato bun with Iceberg lettuce, tomato, and our own burger sauce.
Braised Brisket Sandwich
Ale braised brisket, red onion jam, roasted onion aioli, poppy seed bun.
Oven Roasted Wild Salmon
Roasted lemon butter, tomato-corn salad.