Bramling Cross and Marine Hardware to close Jan. 1

Renowned Seattle chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell is shaking things up in 2020, starting with closing his two of his Ballard establishments, Bramling Cross and Marine Hardware.

Eater Seattle reports that both Ballard Ave restaurants will have their closing night on New Year’s Eve, and will become event spaces in the new year.

Bramling Cross opened in 2015 as an upscale gastropub, featuring a tap list highlighting local beers. Marine Hardware opened next to Staple & Fancy the following year, replacing Stowell’s restaurant Chippy’s Fish & Drink.

Stowell will also close his Mexican restaurant Super Bueno on Stone Way, with plans to turn it into another Tavolata location.

Eater reports that Stowell said the three restaurants have been “challenging from an operational perspective and never been as successful as they need to be.”

No word yet on what type of event venues the Ballard spaces will evolve into — we’ll update when we get more information.

Photos from Ethan Stowell Restaurants

2 thoughts to “Bramling Cross and Marine Hardware to close Jan. 1”

  1. Super Bueno just opened earlier this year too. Old Ballard Ave is a competitive restaurant strip, and well, tacos isn’t exactly an original concept. Stowell still has a ton of restaurants, but it’ll be interesting to see what these event venues become.

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