Bastille Cafe and Bar gets board approval

Bastille Cafe and Bar, a new French restaurant at 5307 Ballard Ave., is on track for their June 29th opening. This morning, restaurant owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann along with architect Mike Skidmore won approval from the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board for outdoor lighting, signage, rain barrels and a refuse enclosure. The sign out front will be a key, shown to the right, “which represents the key from the Bastille,” Skidmore explained.

There will be outdoor seating for 76 people along the side of the building, although some of the seats will be reserved for those 21 and over. The front will have lights that shine up and down showing off the architecture of the building, giving it a nice glow, the three told the board.

They’ll have four rain barrels that are “old oak barrels that used to hold some other valuable liquid,” Skidmore joked. Maclise and Weimann plan to reclaim the rainwater for the rooftop gardens (shown below.) They plan to grow lettuces, herbs and other foods that grow nicely in Seattle.

Stay tuned for “Free Frites Day” coming on the Sunday before they open. They’re also looking for servers who live in Ballard. If you’re interested and have restaurant experience, send your resume to Peter@BastilleSeattle.com.

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jules
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jules

what a classy job! this looks so thought out and well planned. i am very excited to add this establishment to Ballard. Best of luck to the new owners. It is gorgeous. the gardens on top are so rad.

silence.kit
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silence.kit

Wow, that looks great.

Trix
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Trix

Really well done! Me likey!

facebook-25906957
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Where will this be located?

gimlet
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gimlet

Beautiful! It's great to see these old, beautiful buildings being revitalized. I really like those roof top garden structures! Can we get more photos or a link to the company that designed them? I look forward to the opening (and outdoor seating)!

If you like these roof top gardens, you might also like the vertical rosemary and thyme wall at the Starbuck's on 4th near Division St (they use rainwater to self-water).

Uncle Snuffy
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Uncle Snuffy

Will they serve sushi? If not, it won't last in Ballard.

Miss Wahoo
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Miss Wahoo

It looks beautiful. The rooftop gardens are great!

But isn't their outdoor dining area the exact same spot where the smokers congregate, near the Ballard Farmer's Market tent? Hopefully, that will stop when the restaurant opens.

jules
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jules

the address is in the first line of the article.

cynicalswede
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cynicalswede

Classy. Like opening a burger joint on the south side of Paris, naming it “The Fourth of July”, and hanging a giant replica of the Liberty Bell outside.

Trix
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Trix

Hey, if it's the only place in Paris to get a cheeseburger it'll do very well.
And 'frites' is just a fancy name for french fries. Nothing wrong with a little kitch.

Gurple
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If it can get me the croque monsieur fix that I've been missing ever since Au Bouchon left Wallingford, then I'm all for it.

Persimmon, in Fremont, has a great croque monsieur, but it costs two arms and a leg.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

That sounds really cool! I don't think I've ever had “French food” before so I'm not sure what to expect. I've had lots of Cajun food but that I assume is pretty different – seeing as they were French-Canadians before they were cajuns. So yeah, no idea what French food is like. Still, this restaurant sounds very neat and I'm looking forward to trying it. Fresh herbs grown on the roof – what a cool idea!

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

Ugh. I will never understand people's love for sushi. I welcome new non-sushi restaurants.

SPG
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SPG

You've never been to Paris, have you?
There are McDonalds all over the place.

SPG
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SPG

“For dinner we have French Fries, French Bread, French Toast, and to drink…Peru!”

Name that movie.

Trix
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Trix

Better off Dead. I may not know Paris but I do know cheesy 80's movies. :-)

clearinup
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clearinup

Can someone confirm that those raised beds are not made with non incised treated lumber…. aka… toxic nasty chemical wood that will leach into the soil… its hard to tell from the small picture.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

lol…thank God for cheesy 80's movies ;-) At least you could see them coming, like from a mile away…

chopper_74
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chopper_74

wow, good point, by code it would have to be 'outdoor rated', which yes, would be toxic…hope that they've got that figured out. Perhaps they'll line the exterior of the planters with a membrane that protects the dirt…I'd like to know.

anonymous
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anonymous

The wood is made of cedar and is not coated in any toxic chemicals, the planters are lined in a chemical-free material and the soil is certified organic from Cedar Grove Organics.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

thanks, I figured that there had to be someone paying attention to that.
Best wishes on the success of the place.

SeattleRichardson
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SeattleRichardson

somebody pinch me!

allisonw
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allisonw

If it's James Weimann, it's just another hipster hangout. Think Triangle, El Camino, Peso's, Ballroom. I think in the early days he was focused more on good food, but to my mind, it's just about making money for this cat now.

elle
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elle

um. el camino has delicious food.

pants
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pants

Sorry your mom blew up, Ricky.