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The beautiful Book Bindery.

We learned several weeks ago from Allison Austin Scheff that Patric Gabre-Kidan had left his post at the Book Bindery for a design gig at Method Construction. Former New Yorker Jill Kinney has taken over his role as general manager.

Kinney—chef Shaun McCrain’s “other half,” she points out—has worked at the Fremont Canal crowd-pleaser since December as the service director. Gabre-Kidan, who was integral to the buildout of the restaurant and helped to see the Bindery through its opening, told Kinney in May he was leaving. She officially came on as GM June 1.

When asked if she has previous industry experience, Kinney chuckled—“You can say I’m one of those restaurant people.” Growing up she cut her teeth in the restaurant her mother owned, and since then she’s been chalking up an impressive resume at places like Per Se (wonder if that’s where she and McCrain met?) Jean Georges, and Michael Mina. Here in Seattle she oversaw the opening of Thierry Rautureau’s Luc.