Big names in biz collaborate at Ballard's Bastille Cafe & Bar

For months, people have been talking about the transformation of yet another historic Ballard building (sold last year) and the French restaurant set to open in it -- after a couple of Seattle restaurant entrepreneurs shelled out $3.62 million to seal the deal. Now, with contractors hard at it, a liquor license application in the works and an opening date slated for "early summer," it's high time somebody dished the details. Here goes:

Bastille Cafe & Bar, built in the husk of the old Obermaier Machine Works building at 5307 Ballard Avenue, is set to be this year's Major Restaurant Opening. Owners are Caffe Fiore's Deming Maclise and James Weimann. Weimann started small when he opened Fremont's Triangle Lounge (in 1992), with El Camino quick on its heels. He's since had a hand in bringing us Mexican eats in Queen Anne (Peso's), Thai food in Wallingford (May Restaurant and Lounge) and Italian fare in West Seattle (Talarico's).

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