SOURCE: Queen City Grill

May 01, 2007 12:00 ET

Seattle's Famed Queen City Grill Celebrates 20-Year Reign

Landmark Restaurant Debuts New Chef, Extensive Remodel and Anniversary Specials

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 --For two decades, Seattle's Queen City Grill has delighted loyal patrons with its classic elegant ambiance, extensive wine list and sophisticated approach to serving fresh Northwest seafood with a minimalist hand. To commemorate a landmark 20 years in business, "The Queen" recently brought on a new executive chef, completed an impressive $150,000 remodel and introduced an exciting new menu format. Starting today, the Queen City Grill will debut a special $20 three-course prix fixe menu available nightly from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and a new "20 under $20" wine list available at all times in celebration of its anniversary year.

Housed in a 1909 brick building in the heart of Seattle's trendy Belltown neighborhood, the Queen City Grill has achieved cult-like status among visiting celebrities and some of Seattle's most recognizable faces. Fans of the restaurant appreciate The Queen's stellar service, simply grilled seafood and meats, locally-grown organic produce, classic cocktails and 500-plus label wine list.

"In a city where new restaurants come and go with startling regularity, few Seattle dining establishments reach the 20-year milestone," said Queen City Grill Co-Founder Robert Eickhof. "We are proud that the Queen City Grill has withstood the test of time, and felt the most appropriate way to celebrate two decades of success was to introduce some exciting new updates to the restaurant while maintaining the classic style and character that have made us a Seattle mainstay."

Recently, Co-Founders Eickhof and Steve and Jennifer Good lured new Executive Chef Shannon Marinos away from an eight-year stint as head chef at Sun Valley, Idaho hotspot Il Naso Ristorante Italiano, where world-famous celebrities dotted the crowd on any given night. A Washington state native, Marinos started his career at one of Seattle's most well-known corporate kitchens, Chandlers Crab House, before joining the original staff of the upscale 350 Main restaurant in Park City, Utah. At Queen City Grill, Marinos follows traditional multi-regional techniques and preparations, using the freshest local seafood, vegetables and cuts of meat available.

Eickhof and Good also hired local design firm Suyama Peterson DeGuchi to modernize the restaurant while retaining its original warmth, charm and character. A new café-style storefront opens up to a sidewalk seating area, providing patrons with an outdoor dining option during warm weather months. Sleek, black awnings adorn the outdoor dining deck and booth windows, giving the Queen a striking new look. A redesigned kitchen, dark mahogany wood bar and fresh colors throughout complete the interior package, keeping the restaurant's exposed brick walls and classic wooden booths intact.

New Fortessa bone china will showcase the Queen City Grill's revamped menu, with classic entrees like Ahi Tuna Carpaccio, Fresh Dungeness Crab Cakes and Grilled New York Steak with a classic peppercorn sauce, and new selections including Queen City Bouillabaisse and a Seasonal Vegetarian Risotto. Additionally, the Queen City Grill's signature "For the Table" offerings are an update on family-style dining, with appetizers, salads, entrées or desserts grouped together on elegant platters designed for sharing.

"In addition to hiring a new executive chef and making capital improvements to make the restaurant shine, we're rolling out a special menu to commemorate our 20th anniversary that we think Seattleites will really enjoy," said Queen City Grill Co-Founder Steve Good. "We hope our anniversary promotion will encourage long time patrons as well as a new generation of diners to come in and experience the newly-revamped Queen City Grill."

Keeping with the 20th anniversary theme, the Queen City Grill will introduce a new three-course prix fixe menu for $20 available nightly from 4:30-6:30 p.m. which includes a choice of soup or salad to start; an entrée selection of Risotto Primavera with fresh local vegetables, Fresh Alaskan Halibut with a citrus puttanesca or a Braised Pork Shoulder with a Montepulciano demiglace and candied lardons; and a dessert choice of Chocolate Mousse or a Seasonal Sorbet Trio. The Queen will also introduce a special wine list with 20 selections priced under $20 available anytime, including reds, whites and sparkling wines from the Northwest, California, Spain, France and Italy.

About the Queen City Grill

Established in 1987, the Queen City Grill specializes in simply grilled, fresh Northwest seafood, locally-grown organic produce, classic cocktails and an extensive, 500-label bottle wine list. The Queen City Grill was the first restaurant in Seattle to receive a four star rating by former Seattle Times food critic John Hinterberger in his "Wow! What a Menu!" review, and is one of only nine restaurants in the state to receive the coveted "Best of" Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator magazine. Located at 2201 1st Ave. in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, the Queen City Grill's dining room is open Sunday-Thursday from 4:30-11 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m. The bar is open until 2 a.m. nightly. For more information, contact Robert Eickhof at 206.443.0975, e-mail info@queencitygrill.com or visit us online at www.queencitygrill.com.

Contact Information

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