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.