Go Eat! A dining destination in the financial district?

Go Eat! A dining destination in the financial district?
Seattle's financial district: a dining destination?

JUNO restaurant at the swanky new Arctic Club Hotel is banking on it.

"I'm excited as a chef because this was a tremendous challenge to come into a neighborhood that people don't walk into and take on a food project of this scale," says Chef Thomas Kollasch.

Kollasch, formerly of the Alderbrook Resort, says JUNO will offer three different meal concepts to reflect the eating habits of the people who live and work in the neighborhood.

"So, I do a very old-school classic Seattle breakfast with organic eggs, we make our own hashbrowns and that's really to appease the financial district people who are here at 5 a.m. and leave at 2 p.m.

"If you walk this area and look at lunch, everyone's eating pho, they're eating light, they're eating clean and they're eating healthy. So, if that's what people want, that's what we're giving them."

What's for dinner?

"First of all, we do a bites menu which has anything from lavender-seared scallops to sliders to risotto croquettes to sashimi. Dinner as a whole -- there's lamb, there's pork; everything in our restaurant is sustainable; everything is naturally pastured. All of our proteins are sustainably farmed."

Kollasch didn't always want to be a chef. In fact, he's a card-carrying member of the PGA. He received a full scholarship to play at the UW, and was enjoying a new career as a golf pro until he was severely injured eight years ago.

"Christmas eve I was hit by a drunk driver and that all ended," he said. "I couldn't work for over a year."

Kollasch said a friend of his gave him a restaurant job to help him get back on his feet.

Now, he wants to return the favor by making his customers feel just as fortunate.

"I really want people to just feel like they've just dined with some of their best friends, they've had a memorable meal, and they feel like they got a great value."

Places Chef Kollasch likes to Go Eat!: Steelhead Diner, Harvest Vine

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