Ethan Stowell to Open Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Restaurant


Exciting changes include open lobby entrance, centre bar and two private dining rooms

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and EDG Interior Architecture + Design share the latest in the inspiration and creativity behind the new Ethan Stowell restaurant.

The design of the new space takes cues from the Seattle waterfront, the foundation of the city’s maritime history. Ship timbers inspired the main architectural elements and the patterns created throughout the downtown restaurant. Furniture and fabrics are inspired by the reflection of the Seattle skyline on the water. Colour tones of ambers, charcoals and blues blend together like the city’s reflection on Elliott Bay.

“As a Seattle native, I was thrilled to be involved with creating a new space at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. We saw the opportunity to bring an approachable bar-centric experience to the sophisticated design context ofFour Seasons,” says Jeff Burkebile, a Studio Director with EDG.

The lobby is enriched with deep blue and neutral tones, and contemporary dark oak wood screen wall elements animate the entry and restaurant feature walls.

“The custom seating centrepiece, located at the new restaurant entry, integrates the Hotel with the restaurant,” says Ilse Harley, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle General Manager. “A balance of contemporary furnishings and organic materials invites guests to meet, dine and socialise in a relaxed atmosphere – a perfect fit along the waterfront.”

The dramatic interior boasts views of Elliott Bay, the Seattle Great Wheel and the Olympic Mountains from expansive windows, and the whole scene is anchored by a centre bar with textural tile and rich stone surfaces. In the mornings, the bar is energised with a barista station, while evening brings about a transformation with a focus on a raw seafood bar.

The sparkle of a glowing fireplace is captured in the reflection of local, hand-blown fixtures from Illuminata Glass, while warm wood tones and pops of blue and amber colour ground the restaurant interiors. Two private dining rooms near the kitchen feature waterfront views, each providing an intimate setting for 16 people.

With youthful energy and hip Seattle style, the new restaurant provides an approachable showcase for local Chef Joe Ritchie to serve his unique take on Pacific Northwest cuisine. The restaurant will open in late-spring 2015.

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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