The coming of Kailash, touted as a temple of high-end vegetarian cuisine, was enthusiastically noted by food writers across the region. But the planned restaurant's demise went largely unremarked.
According to publicist Tamara Wilson, the project was shelved back in January--a full month before the Puget Sound Business Journal named Kailash's opening as a "trend to watch in 2011."
"Unfortunately, it's a sad project that went awry," Wilson says. "All these money people got intimidated by all the costs."
Wilson says project backers had the money, but didn't want to invest it in a downtown restaurant devoted to elevating vegetarian food and leading the "Meatless Monday" charge.
A November 2010 press release announcing Kailash positioned the all-veg restaurant as a stylish, certain hotspot with an "exhibition kitchen" and "cozy, lounge-like touches." The menu was designed by former Canlis executive chef and author Greg Atkinson, who was to have served as executive chef, and the cocktails were contributed by Kathy Casey. (Atkinson is a member of Seattle Weekly's Pellegrini Award Committee.)
The project's partners retain rights to the food and drink the culinary team developed, but Wilson hasn't heard of any plans to resurrect the restaurant plan.
"There was a huge team of us," Wilson recalls. "It's shameful."