The Origin Story
There are various partnerships in the restaurant & bar world. Some are often financial, while others are quite familial. In the early 1990s, Marc & Bret Chatalas formed the latter in Madison Park with their first restaurant, Cactus. What began as a humble tapas joint near the park eventually grew into a very successful restaurant group, with locations in Kirkland, Alki Beach, South Lake Union and most recently Bellevue Square. Cactus Restaurants have always delivered on both exceptional service and a truly innovative and inspired menu, featuring cuisine from Mexico and the American Southwest.
James Weimann and Deming Maclise are also no strangers to what a burgeoning partnership can foment. The two (restaurant veterans) met around 2008 and decided to come together on a Parisian café & bar which opened in Ballard in 2009. Bastille was a huge success and led to several other collaborations. Poquito’s, Macleod’s, Von Trapp’s, and Stoneburner will give you and idea of what these two have developed since they made the decision to join forces. While they are very successful owner/operators, their uncanny ability to source obscure materials and create unique dining environments really sets them apart in the industry.
So what happens when two of the best restaurant operators team up with two of the best restaurant designers? A brand-new partnership. The brothers Chatalas have teamed up with James & Deming to create something very special on the Eastside.
Introducing Tavern Hall.
Square Footage: 9500
Food: Tavern Fare, Exceptional Burger, Flatbreads, Sharable Appetizers
Drink: 30 taps, Full Cocktail Program
Activities: 4 Shuffleboard Tables, Darts, Golden Tee, Big Buck Hunter
Gameday: 30 Flatscreens
Age Restrictions: Minors allowed in dining room until 9PM
Pennies Used on Bar Top: 43,000