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Seattle chef Ethan Stowell opening Tavolàta restaurant in downtown Spokane

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 23, 2020

Customers are served at a Tavolata restaurant in Seattle.  (Courtesy Ethan Stowell Restaurants)
Customers are served at a Tavolata restaurant in Seattle. (Courtesy Ethan Stowell Restaurants)

Seattle-based Ethan Stowell Restaurants is opening its first Tavolàta restaurant in Spokane.

Tavolàta will be the new anchor tenant in the Old City Hall Building at 221 N. Wall St., occupying more than 5,000 square feet on the first floor that formerly housed an Olive Garden restaurant, according to a news release.

“I’ve always been impressed by Spokane’s beauty and vibrant culinary scene,” Ethan Stowell, founder and CEO of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, said in a statement. “When the opportunity arose for us to cross the mountains and create a restaurant in such an amazing place, we jumped at it. ”

Stowell operates two Tavolàta restaurants in the Belltown and Capitol Hill sections of Seattle. Tavolàta has gained a following for its Italian-inspired dishes and fresh pasta.

Wall Street LLC is embarking on a multiyear overhaul of the Old City Hall. The six-story, 110,220-square-foot building consists of ground floor retail, office space and skywalk access.

“Leasing to ESR’s Tavolàta is like hand-picking from every restaurant tour out there. Tavolàta will anchor and activate OCH for decades and is hands-down the best amenity we can provide our clients,” Jason Kettrick, managing member of Wall Street LLC, said in a statement.

Wall Street LLC did not specify if additional tenants have leased space in the building, but indicated it has multiple deals in the works that will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chris Bell and Jon Jeffreys of NAI Black represented the landlord in the transaction.

“This deal is proof that even in the toughest times, when building owners invest in their buildings to provide amazing tenant amenities such as a rooftop patio, well-appointed lobbies and common areas, and brand new tenant exercise facilities and locker rooms, good space will lease,” Bell said in a statement. “The owners have spent the time to think of all the details to make this a first-class building.”

Tavolàta is slated to open in the winter or early 2021.

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