• Chef Jason Wilson Opens The Lakehouse Restaurant and Civility & Unrest Lounge on June 15 05.12.17

    Jason Wilson, the James Beard Award-winning chef-owner behind Miller’s Guild and the former, critically acclaimed Crush, announced details about his forthcoming restaurant, The Lakehouse, a vibrant, modern Northwest farmhouse, and Civility & Unrest, a craft cocktail bar with a contemporary speakeasy vibe. Both are slated to open June 15 on two separate floors of the new W Bellevue hotel in the Lincoln Square Expansion, part of The Bellevue Collection. Anticipation is already high as Eater Seattle wrote a piece on the two restaurants this week.


    From The Lakehouse’s seasonal ingredients to its refined, personally inspired décor, the restaurant evokes a welcoming environment that is both familiar and elegant. The inspiration for The Lakehouse name and concept followed Wilson’s reflection on the area’s sense of place and evolution: early settlements, lake homes and small farms; a bedroom community once the first bridge was built; and today, a budding metropolis steeped in arts and technology.


    Each season’s menu puts the spotlight on the produce sourced from Wilson’s ever-evolving grower and farmer relationships. Wilson’s concept of a “Modern Northwest Farmhouse,” reflects simple, clean, and fresh craft cooking. Illustrated through the produce-driven concept at the highest level of detail and imagination, the menu is accented with local seafoods and meats, handmade pasta and a housemade larder.


    The menu displays a philosophy of total usage of the products and unique techniques employed by the kitchen that elevate an authentic approach of quality and flavor, rather than masking or creating something different. Embracing the Northwest through its ingredients, the menu is packed with small plates (“Forest & Garden” and “Sound Sea & Rivers”), large plates and shareable plates, all telling a story of inspiration and purpose:


    Maple & Moroccan Spice Roasted Carrots, goats milk labne, chiles, almonds, mint are inspired by Wilson’s fondness for root vegetables and display an approach that is both simple, yet dynamic in flavor, texture and experience.


    The Curry Roasted Cauliflower achieves depth in flavor and showcases the vegetable at its cleanest when prepared with green apple, herb hummus, preserved lemon, kale pesto and ver jus, the signature acid for the restaurant.


    Drawing the diner into a family-style experience indicative of creating memories in a home, the shareable Grilled Wild Alaska Halibut T-bone, Mustard Green pesto, smoked clam remoulade, sautéed spinach with lemon, saffron potatoes instills a distinctive Northwest spin on a classic American steak preparation.


    Located on the second floor of W Bellevue, The Lakehouse’s layout offers many visual areas of interest. Wilson was heavily involved in the design aspects of both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest. For the restaurant, he intended to elicit the feeling of walking into an entertainer’s lake home with vernacular ideas of a house seen through a refined and primitive interpretation. Below the massive trestles is a thoughtful division of rooms with a “living room” and “garden” entry with a communal table and lounge seating; the bar welcomes with inviting counter height marble while the “butler’s pantry” features visible work tops and shelving. Additional seating of banquettes and booths are seen throughout, as well as counter seating at the chefs counter fronting the exhibition grill and working kitchen.


    The semi-private “wild primitive” room features porcelain antler sconces and another optional private dining space of “wild modern” features mirrors and screens for subtle transparency at two large tables flanked by a wall of thoughtfully procured wine bottles.


    The area’s history is seen in the interior surface of vertical charred wood inspired by shou sugi ban, the wood used for preserving by Japanese migrant workers in the area. Pops of “Lakehouse Blue” are subtly viewed through the sophisticatedly rugged and wild space, accented by soft lighting, polished surfaces and a living column of fresh herbs utilized for food and drink.



    Civility & Unrest, located on the street level below The Lakehouse, is a plush cocktail bar inspired by a modern, underground speakeasy, where adults of all ages can retreat for a quality craft cocktail without the nightclub chaos, day or night. Small bites offered on the menu complement the Northwest-inspired craft cocktails showcasing local distillers, and the flowing Champagne and sparkling selections, which run a close second.


    Framed as a cocktail experience steeped in discovery, the modern speakeasy factor starts with a commissioned, hand-painted mural which guests must walk behind to access a heavily draped entrance. A long bar in the front prominently shows off craft spirits in a lively, communal space; toward the back awaits a provocative and sophisticated space that offers a mix of plush seating, including a large rounded banquette on one wall, tall tables, and bar seating with an opulent chandelier overhead. Although there is a spot for a DJ to play music, expect only ambient lounge music, leaving room for spirited conversation. Other entertainment will range from fashion shows, tattoo artists, unplugged sessions, and trunk shows, all showcasing regional artisans.


    Both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest are owned by Wilson and are run independently by Wilson along with his El Gaucho Hospitality partners. Wilson will also provide room service for W Bellevue’s 220 rooms and 25 suites. In partnership with Kemper Development, Wilson will soon announce a suite of programming and amenities for Two Lincoln Tower, the luxury apartments atop W Bellevue and Lincoln Square South.


    The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest, opening June 15, are located at Lincoln Square Expansion’s new W Bellevue, off Bellevue Way at 10455 NE 5th Place, Bellevue; enter through the hotel or via the Lincoln Square South main retail corridor. The Lakehouse, open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, is found on the second floor and Civility & Unrest is at the street level. W Bellevue is part of The Bellevue Collection, which includes Lincoln Square, Bellevue Square and Bellevue Place. Stay up to date on developments by visiting, and


    About Chef Jason Wilson

    Chef Jason Wilson is a James Beard Award-winning chef and one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs. Wilson is the chef-owner of the forthcoming Civility & Unrest and The Lakehouse opening in Bellevue on June 15, 2017, chef-owner of Miller’s Guild restaurant, executive chef of Coffee Flour, culinary director of El Gaucho Hospitality and runs his own culinary consultancy business. His first restaurant, critically acclaimed CRUSH, received local and national awards and positioned Wilson as a leader in Northwest cuisine and innovative techniques. Visit and follow @ChefJasonWilson on Instagram.


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  • Pure Barre Opens in Green Lake! July 12 07.08.14

    Seattle’s favorite barre studio is opening a new location in Green Lake! Owners Sami and Brandon Sweeney are thrilled to open their fifth Pure Barre Studio, Saturday, July 12, and share this proven workout regime with a new neighborhood of Seattleites. Conveniently located in the new Green Lake Village, Pure Barre is right at home in this highly active, fitness-minded community.

    Pure Barre Green Lake is offering a special pre-sale offer for new clients! If you have never taken a Pure Barre class before, consider purchasing the new client special from now until doors open, Saturday, July 12. For only $99 you receive 5 weeks of unlimited Pure Barre Green Lake classes. Purchase online today before it’s gone!

    Summer’s here and the sun is out so there’s no better time to kick start a new fitness routine than now! All new students can experience their first 55-minute Pure Barre session FREE starting on opening day, Saturday, July 12. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, new mom, student, nursing an injury, or simply looking to get toned, Pure Barre is the perfect workout because of its safe, low-impact, yet highly effective technique. Classes are suited for all ages and fitness levels.

    Each Pure Barre class incorporates elements of ballet, Pilates, and weights, and is designed to target those hard-to-tone areas: seat, thighs, abs, and arms. Classes are set to upbeat music to keep the energy high. Stop by the new Pure Barre Green Lake studio for a highly effective workout and expect to see results after just 10 classes. Not near Green Lake? Check out Pure Barre’s other locations in: Bellevue, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, and University District.

    What you need to know about Pure Barre Green Lake:
    – First class free for new students starting opening day, Saturday, July 12
    – Purchase new clients pre-sale offer before doors open: $99 for 5 weeks of unlimited Pure Barre Green Lake classes
    – Location: 406 NE 71st Street, Seattle, WA 98115
    – Classes: Pure Barre Green Lake will hold their 55-minute classes seven days a week, morning, noon, evening, to fit all schedules
    – Parking: Available in the Green Lake Village garage

    Learn more about Pure Barre Green Lake and register for classes online. Like Pure Barre Green Lake’s Facebook page to stay up-to-date on class announcements, success stories, studio news, & more!

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  • Pure Barre Queen Anne Now Open! 10.01.12

    Pure Barre’s third area location is now open in Lower Queen Anne at 500 Mercer St.! We’re thrilled Pure Barre has expanded, allowing even more Seattleites experience their exceptional workout!

    If you have yet to take a class, Pure Barre combines elements of ballet, Pilates and weights that work your abs, arms, seat and thigh muscles to fatigue for a full body workout. Each strength series is followed by stretching to ensure long lean muscles. Set to up beat music, the hour-long classes are fast-paced and get your heart rate up so you burn more calories throughout!

    Check out Pure Barre in the news: The Seattle Times, Seattle Met, Daily Candy Seattle, Queen Anne View and Junebug Weddings!

    Your first class is free and new students get their their first month unlimited for $89! Check them out in Queen Anne, University District and in Bellevue. Classes are multiple classes daily offered morning, mid-day and evening. You will feel toned, strong and fit after just a few classes and even bigger results after 10 classes!

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  • Milagro Cantina Opens Today! 12.09.10


    New Kirkland restaurant features sophisticated Mexican fare, custom furnishings

    SEATTLE—(Dec. 9, 2010)—The greater Puget Sound area will finally get what it has been eagerly awaiting with today’s opening of Milagro Cantina, a new 300-plus-seat restaurant in downtown Kirkland. Milagro, taken from the Spanish word for “miracle,” is a stunning 8,000 square foot space offering sophisticated Mexican fare, one-of-a-kind art installations and comfortable, hand-selected design elements in an approachable setting.

    The menu at Milagro draws upon foods, cultures and cooking techniques from across Mexico, encompassing the molés of Oaxaca, seafood from Baja, street foods of Mexico City, barbacoa from Central Mexico and the grilled foods found across Sonora. Milagro’s authentic cuisine will incorporate sustainable ingredients from Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. Executive Chef Chris Peterson’s menu is based on his extensive travel and research throughout Mexico, further enhanced by his 15 years of culinary experience as a private chef, sous chef at Café Campagne and most recently as the executive chef at the illustrious Bis on Main.

    The menu includes such dishes as: Sopes de Milagro crisp corn masa cakes filled with tequila, bacon and chipotle black beans, queso fresco, key lime crema ($8); Tamal de Puerco con Chile Guajillo braised pork and guajillo chile sauce steamed in a banana leaf, cilantro, pickled onion salad ($8); Salpicon de Langosta y Pulpo lobster, octopus, serrano chiles, mango and avocado on a tostada ($15); Torta Ahogada braised pork and chorizo in tomato sauce on bolillo bread dipped in red chile sauce with cabbage and cilantro ($12); Mole Rojo con Pollo Oaxacan red mole with braised chicken and white rice ($17); and Lubina a la Veracruzana fresh wild striped bass, tomatoes, serrano chiles, capers and olives with green rice ($21).

    Milagro’s cocktail menu features unique, seasonal ingredients that pair well with Milagro’s Mexican cuisine. Signature cocktails, ranging from $8 to $13, include: White Peach-Serrano Margarita white peach puree, serrano tincture, Espolon Reposado tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, agave; Washington Margarita house-infused Green Apple blanco tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, agave; Malta Punch Malta, Appleton VS rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, cane syrup; and Chino Moreno tradicional 100% Agave Reposado tequila, Benedictine, Liquore Strega, lemon juice, red wine float.

    Milagro’s exceptional offerings go well past its culinary fare. The main feature of Milagro’s 60-plus-seat bar is a 24-foot wide and 7-foot tall forged steel “tequila tree” inspired by windblown Cypress trees and adorned with Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) steel skeletons and platforms for Milagro’s top shelf tequilas. The bar features an indoor fire pit with seating and the expansive dining room is embellished with a petrified wood art-piece that incorporates movement of both fire and water. Other carefully selected details include radiant heated floors, heating elements built into the awnings of the 100-plus-seat patio and many unique recycled elements that the Milagro team meticulously chose, including the black walnut bar top and the rusted steel candle backdrop. Mexican inspired lanterns provide gentle lighting throughout the restaurant and the Chef’s Table features a playful, mirrored glass piñata of a donkey made by an artist in Guadalajara.

    In addition to Peterson, Director of Operations Jason Harris leads the Milagro team. Harris’ former positions include food and beverage director at Hotel 1000 and owner-operator of PF Chang’s in Bellevue. “We’ve created a setting where every detail has been reviewed again and again. We set out to create a comfortable environment that will raise the bar for Mexican restaurants in the Northwest. From the quality of the food to the attentive service, the stylishly appointed dining rooms to the unique art features, we hope that Milagro Cantina will be a destination for Seattle and Eastside diners alike,” said Harris.

    Milagro’s 8,000 square-foot space seats 300-plus, including an opulent dining room, comfortable 60-plus-seat bar, private dining with full audio/visual capabilities for 40 to 50 people, a 10-seat private Chef’s Table and a 100-plus-seat heated patio that begs for long lunches and late night diners seven months out of the year.

    Milagro Cantina is located in downtown Kirkland at 148 Lake Street South. Soon to be considered the “crown jewel” of the Lake Street Place project, its food and drink offerings cover the northern and southern regions of Mexico with approachable sophistication. The 300-plus-seat restaurant includes original art installations and custom furnishings in a uniquely designed setting. Milagro will be open daily from Sun. through Thurs. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight. Milagro offers self-parking at its private, 90-stall monitored lot throughout the day and complimentary valet (with validation) in the evenings. Learn more at, call (425) 952-6270. Facebook: or Twitter: @MilagroKirkland.

    Photo credit: Kathryn Barnard.

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