A hundred years ago, a bunch of Seattleites who struck it rich in the Klondike gold rush formed The Arctic Club, a social organization for men with ties to Alaska. A few years later, they commissioned a fancy "clubhouse" down on 3rd Avenue, rimmed the building with walrus head sculptures, and threw in some swanky Alaskan marble and a stained glassed dome on the top floor that’s said to mimic the Northern Lights. Little Alaska, in Seattle.
In May, the building is reopening (with a face lift) as The Arctic Club Hotel, complete with a 134-seat restaurant called Juno, and a bar dubbed The Polar Bar. (The website actually says the bar is “the perfect place to break the ice or just chill.”)
Named for the goddess of health, hearth, and home (and a play on Juneau, Alaska), Juno will serve up eco-friendly ingredients from local purveyors, with a menu that chases the seasons. Executive chef Thomas Kollasch will be whipping up goodies that bridge classic hotel cuisine with Seattle’s love for local, creative fare. For dinner, think chickpea custard with morel cream and tarragon, or espresso- and coriander-crusted filet mignons. For breakfast, there’ll be champagne-apple crepes and the predicted house favorite, Amaretto biscuits doused with a gravy made with Isernio’s chorizo. They’ll also have a full-on tea-tasting menu.
Wait, is that power breakfast I smell?
Juno at The Arctic Club Hotel, 700 3rd Avenue at Cherry Street, 340-0340, DOWNTOWN.
Opening in May