Seattle Restaurant Openings

First Look: Collections Cafe

The restaurant at Chihuly Garden and Glass opens today with notable culinary talent in tow.

By Christopher Werner May 21, 2012


We’ve got a few days until that Pie spinoff opens at the Armory, so in the meantime here’s something to chew on: Collections Cafe begins service today.

Designers have chosen an exceedingly cheerful palette for the lofty space—frankly, a welcome contrast to this city’s many subdued rooms—while the kitchen is backed by some equally colorful talent. Jason Wilson of Crush helped hone the Northwest-leaning menu that Jeff Maxfield and Ivan Szilak are executing. Szilak’s resume includes a stint as executive chef at The Hunt Club, and Maxfield’s sous cheffing at Canlis.

The restaurant is housed within the mammoth Chihuly exhibition at Seattle Center, and is informed by the glass guy’s rigorous collecting hobby (who knew?). Prominent throughout are vintage radios, accordions of yesteryear, bottle openers, and other tchotchkes reminiscent of those I Spy books, which you can peep in the slideshow.

All photos by photographer Lucas Anderson.

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