Jacob Wiegner and his associates at the Blackboard Bistro offer simplicity, technique and fresh ingredients, with a major portion of northwest ingredients. Lto R Will Larin, Donna Currie, Jacob Wiegner, Ginger Wiegner, Nick Terry, Tish Taitano, Chris Stoneback
Blackboard Bistro coming to West Seattle Aug. 13
Will open in former Eness location near Admiral District
Coming to 3247 California Avenue SW. in the former Eness Restaurant location is a new establishment called Blackboard Bistro.
Here's their press release:
Jacob Wiegner, a chef who trained at Le Cordon-Bleu London, worked in top kitchens in London and Florida, and has spent the past two years as sous-chef at Olivar on Capitol Hill, will open his own 40-seat restaurant, Blackboard Bistro, in West Seattle next month. The emphasis, Wiegner says, will be a nostalgic nod to the chef's past, prepared with Northwest ingredients.
Wiegner's philosophy is to focus on simplicity, technique and fresh ingredients. “I have worked in a variety of restaurants from French and English to Mediterranean, and I want to bring all this cuisine together,” he says. “This is where the idea of an American Bistro comes alive, a melting pot in all senses of the word.”
Blackboard Bistro will avoid a formal menu. All dishes will be listed on blackboards throughout the restaurant. The atmosphere will be casual and prices will be moderate so guests can return often. While Blackboard is not setting out to be a "family restaurant," Wiegner does want families with children to feel welcome. "We'll have a three-course children's tasting menu so families can share an entire mealtime,” he says.
Among the menu items Wiegner expects to offer:
· Tomato and horseradish sorbet, warm goat cheese, arugula, confit tomato and garlic ($12)
· Pork chili verde with cast iron corn bread ($12)
· A classic Frogmore stew ($20)
· Cherry upside down cake, cherry, white chocolate and ginger ice cream ($7)
The Frogmore stew (whole prawns, spicy house-made sausage, clams, fingerling potatoes, and corn on the cob), a South Carolina specialty, represents one of the American regional influences on Wiegner's culinary personality. Other influences include his Pennsylvania-Dutch origins, his classical French training, and his formative years in England, New Zealand, Australia and the many parts of the United States.
He found his calling as a chef while working in restaurants in London. He worked his way up to Chef de Partie and Sous Chef at the famous oyster bar Bibendum, Sir Terrance Conran's famous restaurant in Chelsea.
In addition to the blackboard items, Blackboard Bistro will offer a "name your price" tasting menu. Guests will name a per person amount (for example, $30), and Chef Wiegner will send out plates until the budget is reached.
Blackboard Bistro will have a full liquor license and offer a selection of Chef Wiegner's favorite liquors, microbrews and wines. The bar will not offer complex cocktails; rather, a small cocktail list featuring half a dozen house drinks will be available.
Blackboard Bistro 206 257 4832, 3247 California Avenue SW.
Open Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday from 11:30 AM to 10 PM, and until 11 PM on Friday & Saturday. More information at http://blackboardbistroseattle.com/.