Chef-owner Rob Sevcik sent word today that his Madison Valley restaurant, Petite Galerie, has closed. A longtime lieutenant of Thierry Rautureau, Sevcik transformed a former chocolate shop into a plush, lovely dining room and started serving dinner on Valentine's Day this year. He cited a mix of operational challenges and a significant bout of illness this summer.
Admittedly, Petite Galerie deliberately sidestepped a lot of the measures restaurants often take to stay solvent in 2018 Seattle: The restaurant wasn't a bare-bones counter service place dispensing pizza or broad-appeal lunches with disposable napkins. Petite Galerie was table linens and crumbers, and carefully composed plates that often reflected Sevcik's French training, and pristine Northwest seafood.
This news continues a frustrating string of months for Seattle restaurants; another (somewhat) newcomer, Babirusa, will serve its final dinner on Thursday night, September 27.