It's rotten news: Stumbling Goat Bistro, which has been a fixture on Phinney Ridge for 16 years, is closing its doors. The restaurant sent word last night that the last day will be Saturday, August 27. (Angie Heyer, who's been an owner since 2009, also made an announcement on Facebook).
Craig Serbousek (now owner of Crow and Betty) opened Stumbling Goat in 2000. Matt Dillon spent a few years in the head chef role, as did Seth Caswell of the former Emmer and Rye.
The Stumbling Goat folks haven't responded to my query about details, but the PhinneyWood blog has reported on (what else) a mixed-use development project slated for that location.
The bistro and chef Joshua Theilen have earned much neighborly love over the years. This summer I wrote about the new fish CSA, BestCatch Seattle; Theilen is a partner and handles all the filleting. Founder Alex Spencer, who's been providing Washington-caught fish to high-end restaurants for years, told me he brought in Theilen because he's "the most underrated chef in Seattle." The Stumbling Goat fans mourning on Facebook seem to agree; I'll be very curious to see what he does next.