When you've run a restaurant for nearly a decade, it's easy to get complacent. But not for Dustin Ronspies. As chef and owner of Art of the Table his tasting menus change daily and rarely, if ever, repeat. Still, in the pursuit of culinary evolution he and his partner in business and life, Shannon Van Horn, are moving their neighborhood gem to more spacious digs: the Bowman luxury apartments at 3801 Stone Way North.
Yes, that's about one block away from their current location.
Especially as of late, 10 years is quite an accomplishment for a Seattle restaurant, so Ronspies isn't straying too far from his neighbors and loyal regulars. Instead the new and larger space—a breezy 2,700 square feet—will endeavor to serve fans and newcomers alike with room for 60 diners, plus an expanded chef's counter that seats 12. The new restaurant will also have a bar and lounge area with its own bar menu. And it's called Under the Table. Perfect for fellow booze hounds.
Something that certainly won't change: chef Ronspies's hyperlocal Pacific Northwest–focused menus in which "nearly every component stems (or swims) from a local purveyor with whom he’s built a relationship," notes a recent Nosh Pit article. Evading the nationwide fast-casual trend, Ronspies says he wants to showcase these local ingredients "in a more formal, fine dining arena."