Chef Ethan Stowell to Create New Restaurant for Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Chef Ethan Stowell to Create New Restaurant for Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

SEATTLE, March 26, 2015 – Ethan Stowell is thrilled to announce his partnership with Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. He’ll be creating a new restaurant concept to replace ART Restaurant & Lounge, set to open in late spring. The restaurant will bring Stowell’s renowned Pacific Northwest cuisine to the heart of Downtown Seattle for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.

“Ever since we closed Union in 2010, I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to come back Downtown,” says Stowell. “This is definitely it.” Stowell and his wife and business partner Angela Stowell are excited to partner with Four Seasons, bringing outstanding local food together with excellent service in a beautiful location.

Stowell will conceptualize the menu and staff the kitchen, as well as help in the design process to develop the atmosphere of the new restaurant. Ethan Stowell Restaurants’ Food & Beverage Director, Sennen David, will create the wine and beer lists, as well as initiate a new cocktail program.

Chef Joe Ritchie, currently of Stowell’s Tangletown restaurant Mkt., will move Downtown to head the kitchen. Ritchie’s thoughtful cooking style—excellent ingredients, showcased in simple preparations—will shine at the new restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant will offer a gorgeous selection of shellfish from the region, a top-notch burger, and a smattering of classic appetizers among modern Pacific Northwest dishes.

“Ethan’s culinary creativity, combined with a Pacific Northwest dining concept and breathtaking setting, will provide a local, authentic dining experience for our guests,” said Ilse Harley, general manager Four Seasons Hotel Seattle.

“What excites us about the partnership is Ethan’s shared vision for a dining experience that brings the vibrancy and warmth of his Seattle neighborhood restaurants back downtown,” said Chairman of Seattle Hotel Group, Bruce McCaw. “We’ve been evaluating ways to refine the restaurant for the last couple years, and are looking forward to making our hotel the premier Downtown dining destination.”

The redesign will be lead by EDG Interior Architecture & Design, a highly regarded design firm that has previously created restaurant spaces for the Four Seasons in Los Angeles and Prague. Stowell will have a hand in the design process, choosing flatware and linens as well as paint colors and light fixtures, bringing his distinct style to the space. The name of the restaurant will be announced soon.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is a luxury hotel situated in the first 10 floors of a 21-story building in the heart of Downtown Seattle, near Pike Place Market. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel offers 147 rooms, including 13 suites, with bright, airy, contemporary design and décor and many with one-of-a-kind views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The outdoor infinity-edged pool deck and the 6,000 square foot Spa at Four Seasons provide a sanctuary within the vibrant city. For more information, visit

About Ethan Stowell
Ethan Stowell is the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. He was named one of the Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2008 then chosen as a Best New Chef All-Star in 2013, and has been honored with multiple James Beard Award nominations for “Best Chef Northwest.” His food philosophy revolves around simplicity and excellent local ingredients—a philosophy exemplified in his book Ethan Stowell’s New Italian Kitchen, released by Ten Speed Press in 2010. That same year, he launched Lagana Foods, an artisan pasta line, and began consulting for the Seattle Mariners. His work with the Mariners helps to bring local foods and products into the stadium for fans to enjoy

A Seattle native, Stowell is devoted to his hometown and is committed to Seattle’s establishment as a national culinary destination. He and his wife, Angela, and their two young sons, live in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood. Stowell has long had a goal of creating community and enlivening Seattle’s many neighborhoods with his restaurants, and has done so successfully, opening restaurants in a variety of areas across the city.

About Ethan Stowell Restaurants
Ethan Stowell Restaurants is a highly acclaimed restaurant group in Seattle owned by chef Ethan Stowell and his wife and business partner, Angela Stowell. The first member of the Ethan Stowell Restaurant group was Tavolàta, opened in January of 2007 in Belltown and named on of the Ten Hottest New Restaurants by Bon Appétit that summer. Next was How to Cook a Wolf, named after MFK Fisher’s seminal work, opened in November of 2007 in Queen Anne and noted by Travel + Leisure as one of the 50 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. In February of 2009 Anchovies & Olives opened on Capitol Hill and was listed in the Top Ten Best New Restaurants by both GQ and Bon Appétit. Staple & Fancy opened on Ballard Ave in 2010, and was awarded three and a half stars by The Seattle Times. Ballard Pizza Company, the first of Stowell’s casual “fast food redefined” restaurants, opened in the spring of 2012, down the street from Staple & Fancy. Rione XIII, named for Rome’s 13th district, opened in August 2012 in Capitol Hill and was listed in the Best of 2012 issue of Seattle Metropolitan. On Valentines Day 2013, Bar Cotto, a Parma-style salumi bar and pizzeria, opened next-door to Anchovies & Olives. In September of 2013, Mkt. (market) opened in the Tangletown neighborhood. This intimate 28-seat space has created much buzz with its contemporary American cuisine and barrel-aged cocktails, and was awarded three stars from The Seattle Times. February of 2014 brought Red Cow, a steak frites-focused spot, to the Madrona neighborhood and in May Chippy’s Fish and Drink opened next door to Staple & Fancy in Ballard. Chippy’s was honored with three stars from The Seattle Times.



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