We're inching closer to the opening of Stoneburner, the forthcoming street level restaurant at the Hotel Ballard set to launch later this spring. It's the newest venture from James Weimann and Deming Maclise, the duo behind Von Trapp's and Poquito's in Capitol Hill and Macleods and Bastille also in Ballard.
Named after Bastille chef Jason Stoneburner (he'll be splitting the workweek between both establishments) the 3,500 square-foot space will feature antiques and salvaged fixtures collected from across the planet, including objects decommissioned from the Italian Embassy in Argentina. Offering house-made pasta and seasonal fare prepared in a stone hearth, the eatery at 5214 Ballard Ave. NW will serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch that's bound to be packed on farmers market Sundays.
In other news, Bastyr University is teaming up with Seattle-based Choice Organic Teas to create a new line of wellness teas. A master herbalist and Bastyr faculty member in botanical medicine formulated the eight blends, each of which obtained USDA Organic certification. The new herbal tea collection is scheduled to appear in stores around the country this autumn.