Lark, Bitter/Raw, and Slab Sandwich + Pie Slated for Fall Opening
This fall holds three exciting new projects for chef John Sundstrom and his partners Kelly Ronan and JM Enos: a new iteration of Lark, Bitter/Raw, and Slab Sandwich + Pie, all housed in the Central Agency Building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
The main floor of the building, located at 952 East Seneca Street, will hold the new Lark—once the space is ready, Lark will relocate and the beloved original 12th Avenue location will become a private event space for a period of time (more on that in 2015). The menu will read in a traditional fashion (snacks, cheese, small plates, pasta/grains, large plates, dessert) and feature many Lark favorites, but Sundstrom will take the opportunity to expand the variety of options in each section. The new space will have a similar aesthetic as the old, with wood floors, exposed beams, and dark wood, echoing the original Lark’s design with flowing curtains and soft lighting, plus 25-foot ceilings. There will be 54 seats in the dining room, with an additional 22 in the bar area—yes, an actual bar area with more than four stools! Lark will be open daily in the evenings, and will eventually open for weekday lunch and weekend brunch. Sundstrom is looking forward to expanding Lark—“It’s Lark, grown up,” he says.
Bitter/Raw will take residence upstairs on the mezzanine. The restaurant will center around a long rectangular raw bar serving oysters and other shellfish, crudos, and sashimi, plus jamón, prosciutto, and other charcuterie. They’ll also showcase an extensive selection of amaro and aperitifs, hence the “bitter.” The mezzanine will seat about 48 guests at small tables and a communal table, plus eight seats in the bar area and 16 at the raw bar. Lofted above Lark, Bitter/Raw will be an airy, lively gathering space, open early afternoon to late with a great happy hour daily from 3pm to 6pm.
Slab Sandwich + Pie, located off the main entrance to the building at 1201 10th Avenue, between Seneca and Union, will be open weekdays from morning until early evening. Simple sandwiches and other lunch items will be available for takeout daily, as well as a few grocery items—just a few choice things that might make for a perfect addition to an impromptu after-work gathering like olives, cheese, charcuterie, wine, and flowers. Juices and slices of slab pie will also be available, as well as espresso. You can learn more at www.slabsandwich.com.
In addition to these three concepts, Sundstrom will also have an event space in the basement of the building—name pending. The space will hold 50 guests for seated dinners and 70 for cocktail receptions, and will be used for private events, hosted dinners, and collaborations with wineries.
The Central Agency Building was built in 1917 as a warehouse, and is being overhauled by local developers. Lark will be the anchor tenant, occupying just over 5,000-square-feet; a third of the entire space. Covered parking will be available across the street. The building will retain much of its old feel with repurposed wood and remnants of original painted signs on the exterior.
Opened in 2003, Lark is an artisan-focused restaurant located at 926 12th Avenue in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Chef John Sundstrom, a James Beard Award-winner, is known for his intimate knowledge and deft use of the Northwest’s unique ingredients and has created the perfect place to celebrate the bounty of the region. The variegated menu changes with the seasons, highlighting the best tastes available. Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday, 5pm to 10:30pm. For more information and reservations, please call 206.323.5275 or visit www.larkseattle.com.