Restaurant Marché, the Bainbridge Island restaurant from former Canlis chef and longtime locavore Greg Atkinson, just unveiled its official website with more details about the bistro-meets-market menu and the beverage program. The text’s proclamation of opening in late January nearly caused me to squeal in a most undignified manner. Could one of this fledgling year’s most anticipated restaurants really become reality in a few short weeks?
Nope, says Atkinson. Restaurant Marché’s opening will probably happen in March. Construction in the midcentury building has suffered from the sort of delays that plague any restaurant project (or, really, any construction project whatsoever).
Assuage your impatience by reading up on the many fun details included on the website. Shayn Bjornholm, who was wine director at Canlis during Atkinson’s tenure as executive chef (and who recently joined the Court of Master Sommeliers as examination director) is helping develop a wine list that focuses on French and Northwest bottles. Also in store: lots of custom woodwork and a kitchen that includes an immersion circulator for some “modernist touches.”
Lest some confusion still lingers, Restaurant Marche is of no relation to Marché, the former Campagne that chef-owner Daisley Gordon recently revamped and reopened in Pike Place Market.