Downtown’s Library Bistro and Bookstore Bar have a new chef. David Hatfield is now running the show at the restaurant within the Alexis Hotel, and its companion bar, known for a great happy hour and an impressive collection of whiskey.
Hatfield is a Seattle native who previously cooked at the Sorrento’s Hunt Club. He returns to the Emerald City from Bend, Oregon, where he opened locavore restaurant Cafe 3456, raised his own heritage pigs, composted his kitchen waste, and did all manner of sustainability-minded things that suggest he’ll fit right in once again in Seattle. Also: he looks like a model from a snowboarding catalog.
The new chef has already added a few items to the menu, including a monte cristo with housemade brioche, a lamb burger, smoked pork loin, calamari steak fries and a croquet madame with housemade bacon and ham. His predecessor, Tiffany Layco decided to take a break from the corporate restaurant world for a while, according to a rep.