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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Location Is Set for Le Caviste, Which Will Probably Be the Best Wine Bar Ever

Posted by on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM


David Butler—whose background includes Campagne, Cremant, and Le Gourmand, a trifecta of marvelousness—is opening a French wine bar downtown called Le Caviste. From a review I wrote of Le Gourmand:

The sommelier at Le Gourmand, David Butler, regales the curious with thrilling (really) details about soil in France, tells sly little jokes, whispers descriptions like poetry—his expertise might fairly be described as hypnotizing. For added entertainment, you can watch him assess other tables, watch him see how his overtures go, watch him leave the boring people to each boring other. When Le Gourmand closes, he intends to open a wine bar, which will be approximately the best wine bar ever.

Now, finally, the lease has been signed for 1919 Seventh Avenue downtown—it's around the corner from Barolo, facing the new federal courthouse. Butler expects a fall opening for Le Caviste. Now we must just wait.

(Speaking of sommeliers, I watched a new documentary about them, reviewed over here. David Butler is the one mentioned there who likened a wine to "flinty soil... the strike of a match, far away." He looked far into the distance as he said it, catapulting the mind through space and time. The wine was excellent.)


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Fnarf 2
Is this the first place in Seattle to spell "bistrot" in the more common French way? (You will find "bistro" in Paris, but only rarely).
Posted by Fnarf on June 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM · Report this
#2: Nope, there's the terribly named Voila! Bistrot in Madison Valley (that's! their! exclamation! mark!).
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on June 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM · Report this
Fnarf 4
@3, shame they didn't call it "Wallah!". It's much funnier that way. Or "Viola!" would be good too.

I think my blood sugar level is getting low.
Posted by Fnarf on June 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM · Report this
Any news on what is happening with Le Gourmand, stranger folks?
Posted by beef rallard on June 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM · Report this
disintegrator 6
Also Chloe Bistrot in Laurelhurst..
Posted by disintegrator on June 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM · Report this
@5: I believe the building's still for sale... meanwhile, cooking classes there, probably great ones:…

@6: Oh, right. Same owner, I think.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on June 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM · Report this
@5 The Le Gourmand spot is spoken for- a new bar restaurant called Brimmer and Heeltap will open, no idea when though.
Posted by snutt2121 on June 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM · Report this
@5 The Le Gourmand space is spoken for. Brimmer and Heeltap, a new bar and restaurant is going in, though I have no idea when.
Posted by snutt2121 on June 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM · Report this
@8/9: Are you pulling my leg? Name sounds FAKE. But then so does Speckled & Drake.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on June 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM · Report this
@10 Not fake.
Posted by suomynona on June 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM · Report this

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