Critic's Notebook

Barrio Folks to Open Mexican Restaurant in Wallingford

Heavy Restaurant Group is growing heavier by the day.

By Kathryn Robinson March 8, 2017

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The NorthEdge Building, across from Gas Works Park. 

And now from the folks who gave us Purple, Barrio, Meet the Moon, and Thackeray: A new Mexican spot to open across from Gas Works Park this summer.

The casual Mexican joint will serve lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch. Chef Jeremy Flores has been with the company since Barrio opened, and bar czar (Heavy Restaurants needs someone in charge of cocktails and spirits) will be longtime Barrio barman Casey Robison.

Heavy founder and CEO Larry Kurofsky reports that the space, in the new NorthEdge Building across Northlake from Gasworks, is 2500 square feet, with seating for 75-plus diners inside, including shared tables and a full bar. Patio tables will add capacity in fair weather.

Precise details on opening date and name remain TBD, but worth noting is that in addition to its grandstand skyline views up the barrel of Lake Union, the NorthEdge Building—the new property stair-stepping down Densmore from N. 34th Street—is now home of Tableau, Seattle’s growing data visualization software company. The building, designed by Perkins + Will, features weathered steel exterior details in keeping with the decommissioned gasworks across the street—a stroke which helped it to win an American Institute of Architects Award in the category of Innovative Workplace Environment Inspired by Context.

As for Heavy, those who count such things will note that—with Meet the Moon's opening last January and Thackeray's this last December—this unnamed newbie will be the company's third new property in about 18 months, with more rumored on the way. Watch this space.


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