The long-awaited Seaplane Kitchen & Bar is set to open in Kenmore on Nov. 12.
The restaurant is owned and operated via a partnership between James Weimann and Deming Maclise — who also run Bastille Café, Poquitos Bothell, Rhein Haus, and Macleod’s — and Executive Chef Jason Stoneburner, of Stoneburner in Ballard.
“We found many of our regular guests were traveling from north and south of Seattle for a quality meal, and we wanted to bring that experience to areas outside the city, like Kenmore,” Weimann said.
Seaplane’s menu offerings will range from sharable snacks (local cheeses and cured meats, ling cod sliders, and oysters) to veggies and salads (blistered carrots, roasted broccoli, and cauliflower tabbouleh) to big plate items (burgers, short ribs, and meatballs).
“To create the Seaplane menu, I looked to some successes I had at Bastille and Stoneburner while trying out a more playful approach,” said Stoneburner. “Many dishes were inspired by my appreciation for the abundance of ingredients harvested here in the Pacific Northwest, and certain dishes, like the ling cod sliders, came from my childhood fish shop, while others are simply what hungry diners are craving.”
Seaplane’s bar program will be run by another restaurant co-owner, Erik Carlson. Customers can expect to find 12 beers on tap “with a heavy tilt toward regional breweries” and cocktails that highlight agricultural spirits and seasonal ingredients. Master Sommelier James Lechner will be curating “an approachable bottle list” featuring many Washington wines.
And of course, with a name like Seaplane, the atmosphere has an aeronautics vibe. The light-filled space has a rustic feel, similar to that of an Alaskan lodge, with aviation-inspired decor and wood repurposed from Ballard High School’s bleachers and lanes from a Capitol Hill bowling alley.
The space will have the capacity to seat 125 in the dining room, 25 at the bar-top, and 50 on the outdoor patio. In addition, there will be a kid’s dining and activity area that includes a wall-size chalkboard primed for coloring.
If you go:
Seaplane Kitchen & Bar
6704 NE 181st Street
Across from the Hangar at Town Square
Sunday through Thursday: 3-10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 3-11 p.m.
Happy hour: Daily, 3-5 p.m.