Cofounder Marc Chatalas says the new location will "continue the design discussion" of the stunning South Lake Union outpost.

 The quartet of popular Cactus restaurants around the Seattle area is adding a fifth location in Bellevue this year. The restaurant chainlet announced yesterday that it is taking over the recently shuttered Z’Tejas location in Bellevue Square, aiming for a June open.

Marc Chatalas, who co-owns all things Cactus with brother Bret, says the new location will be the largest yet, and about twice the size of the Kirkland location. 

The high-traffic mall setting is a new step for the locally owned restaurant company, but Chatalas says the popularity of the most recent Cactus location in South Lake Union showed that good things can come of straying from a template. “There was a time when if there wasn’t a freestanding neighborhood building by the water, we wouldn’t have considered it.” 

The new space will be similar in spirit to South Lake Union (cinder blocks, rough-hewn wood, a display of tequila), but with its own design identity. Chatalas says his team does plan to increase the bar-to-dining-room ratio, so expect a stellar happy hour scene up in here.


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