Hearth restaurant, located in Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel, hired Brian McCracken as executive chef and general manager. McCracken has almost 20 years of experience and has founded and worked at some of Seattle’s big-name places, like Spur Gastropub, Tavern Law, The Old Sage, and The Coterie Room. Food & Wine named him a People’s Best New Chef finalist, and StarChefs named him a Rising Star Chef. Under McCracken’s direction, Hearth will offer inspired, seasonal menus with a refreshed approach to casual craft food in Kirkland. Think hearty and savory dishes like beef short ribs, roasted mussels, and house-made pastas. Daily happy hours will continue (hooray!) with cheddar cracklins, big ole slices of pizza with elevated toppings like pepperoni-spiced foie gras. Bar maven Abigail Gullo of Seattle’s Ben Paris will add her twist on Hearth’s cocktail program. Gullo will bring her talents to Kirkland as she develops a robust offering at Hearth. In her role, Gullo will make guest appearances as bartender and lend a hand with future events and programs, including interactive cocktail classes.