La Bête on Capitol Hill Sets Opening Date

The restaurant taking over the Chez Gaudy space sets its sights on August 5.

By Christopher Werner July 28, 2010

Tyler Moritz, one of the chef-owners of the soon-to-open La Bête.

Remember way back in April when the stalwart Jessica Voelker told you about La Bête, the new Capitol Hill restaurant taking over the corner of Bellevue Ave and E Howell ? Well, the venture from Aleks Dimitrijevich and Tyler Moritz is nearing completion and is looking at an August 5 opening.

When it opens, La Bête will have transformed the former home of Chez Guady into a space seating 44 and will feature a 24-foot bar, a central open kitchen, and a dining room partly taken from refurbished church pews (certainly a nice complement to those iron-laden, stain glass–like windows.)

The locally minded menu is divided into snacks (“finger foods”), plates, and platters, the former intended for the “very hungry, or just those who want a dish to pass around the table.” Examples of the offerings include grilled fava beans or chicken wings; pork belly, pastas, or crudos; and leg of lamb, Pollo al Mattone (a roasted chicken cooked under a brick), or whole grilled fish, respectively.

Dan Rodgers, a six-year veteran of Lark , will run the restaurant. Mortiz also honed his culinary craft at Lark, and Earth and Ocean, before moving onto the since-departed Union, where he befriended Dimitrijevic. His resume includes stints at The Harvest Vine and Licorous. Mind you, these are only the most recent gigs for the well-traveled, accomplished toques.

Hours so far are set for Tue-Sat 5pm-11pm, and weekend brunch 10:30am-2:30pm.

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