Zephyr Paquette’s Skelly and the Bean was the ultimate feel-good restaurant opening. Paquette, long a presence in Seattle’s chef community, built the North Capitol Hill space on the kindness (specifically the donations and labor) of friends and acquaintances, and without any sort of bank loan. It really was more like a really good montage scene from a movie than a typical opening saga. Her incubator dinners have been a surefire place to look for the chefs whose food trucks and restaurant openings we will no doubt be exclaiming over in 2013.
So it doesn’t feel good at all to write that Skelly’s last dinner service will be Thursday, December 20. In a letter going out to the restaurant’s mailing list, Paquette makes veiled references to messiness with the landlord. The chef says she is hoping to find another location, but the specifics are very uncertain, and she's asking for patience while she sorts everything out.
No matter what, Paquette said this afternoon, she thinks the restaurant is going out a success.
But hey, Paquette is also hoping to compete on the Next Food Network Star show. So cross your fingers she will end up seeking televised fame in New York. Stay tuned for more details.