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Downtown Kirkland has been enjoying a new restaurant for the past couple of

months: Café

Harlequin , which opened its doors in late October, serves



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New Kirkland Restaurant!

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Downtown Kirkland has been enjoying a new restaurant for the past couple of

months: Café

Harlequin, which opened its doors in late October, serves

Mediterranean-inspired cuisine made with mostly local and organic ingredients.

General manager Larry Stepek says everything is prepared in-house, from the

pastas and breads to the ketchup and mustard. The name "Harlequin" comes not

only from the commedia dell'arte jester but also from the Harlequin duck. "I

have a home in France and it's in the middle of duck country," Stepek says, "so

I'm surrounded by people who raise ducks and produce all kinds of wonderful

products." Your options are not limited to fowl, however. The menu covers a

broad range of countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Lebanon, and Morocco,

so there should be a little something for everyone.

In addition to live

jazz on Friday and Saturday nights, Stepek offers a nontraditional happy hour

from 4 to 6 p.m. nightly. "To encourage people to drink smartly, we give free

food away rather than discounting drinks," he explains. "We'll offer things like

appetizers and pizzas, and we also make our own potato chips, so we make them

readily available for guests while they're enjoying themselves."

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