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Charles Walpole Plans Blind Pig Bistro in Former Nettletown Space

The small-plates destination will take over 2238 Eastlake Ave within a few months, says the former Anchovies and Olives chef.

By Jessica Voelker August 30, 2011

Charles Walpole takes over 25-seat Nettletown. The beloved Eastlake eatery hosted a farewell feast this Sunday, August 28.

Photo: Nettletown via Facebook

Former Anchovies and Olives Chef Charles Walpole is teaming up with Rene Gutierrez (Tavolata) to take over the former Nettletown space on Eastlake Avenue. Walpole and Gutierrez met when they both worked at the original Mistral in Belltown.

Blind Pig Bistro will begin as a dinner destination only, Walpole told me over the phone today, down the road the restaurant will serve lunch as well. The menu will change daily and one wall will be covered in chalkboard paint and feature the daily choices. The small plates will have a Spanish/Mediterranean flair and Walpole says there will always be a pig dish on the menu, "something fried and crispy."

Sample fare includes squid a la plancha with melon and celery salsa verde, beef tartare with warm bone marrow, and fried pig ears.

Walpole says the project just became official on Monday, so there is no opening date yet.

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