SOURCE: Trace

February 04, 2008 14:16 ET

Seattle's 12th Avenue Restaurant Row Heats Up With New Trace Resident

Barrio, a New Restaurant Concept From the Purple Café and Wine Bar Owners, Joins the Burgeoning Pike/Pine Triangle Neighborhood in the Nearly Completed Trace North Building

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - February 4, 2008) - Trace, the historic meets modern residential and retail project in the Pike/Pine neighborhood, will soon add another fusion of flavors to Seattle's emerging "restaurant row" as it welcomes Barrio. The Pike/Pine triangle, bordered by Madison, Broadway and 15th, is rapidly becoming the neighborhood of choice for foodies, bar hoppers, arts aficionados, coffee connoisseurs and urbanites seeking to couple in-city amenities with a "my barista knows my name" vibe.

Barrio takes its name from the Spanish word for neighborhood, a term generally used to describe a cohesive place. The food will take an innovative approach to regional Mexican cuisine by bringing a simple and seasonal Northwest style to inspired traditional Mexican dishes. Barrio is slated to open this summer, and will also offer well-crafted cocktails and serve dinner nightly until late. The restaurant is a new concept from Larry and Tabitha Kurofsky, who are also behind the successful Purple Café and Wine Bar restaurants.

"We found the right place," states Kurofsky. "I've spent a lot of time in this neighborhood. It's diverse, urban and established. It just has an ideal demographic and it's also emerging as a restaurant hub."

Barrio is the newest addition to 12th Avenue's "restaurant row," which now boasts such Seattle favorites as La Spiga, Lark, Crave and Boom! Noodle. It will be located on the ground floor of the new Trace North building (currently nearing completion); joining Michael Klebeck's much anticipated Gun Club eatery and bar in the neighboring Trace Lofts building, and several other soon-to-be-announced retailers. Above the restaurants, Trace includes 142 wide open living spaces fashioned from a turn-of-the-century warehouse and former parking lot.

Ted Schroth, the developer of Trace, says, "We are pleased to welcome Larry and his exciting new concept to the neighborhood. I look forward to being a regular at Barrio, as will our residents in Trace Lofts and Trace North."

Trace North is slated for occupancy in spring. Living spaces are now available, offering buyers the valuable opportunity to live in the vibrant and growing Pike/Pine triangle neighborhood. Interested buyers are encouraged to visit the newly expanded Trace Lofts website (www.tracelofts.com) or call 206.404.LOFT (5638) for additional details.

About Trace

Blending modern and historic, Trace offers 142 wide-open living spaces in Seattle's vibrant Pike/Pine triangle neighborhood -- a gateway to downtown. Appealing to creative people, the Built Green™ project takes its architectural cues from a handsome early-Seattle mercantile building adapted into 42 loft spaces known as Trace Lofts, now complete. Trace North is a neighboring modern building featuring 100 living spaces that will also incorporate historical elements throughout, scheduled for completion in spring 2008. Trace living spaces include environmentally-friendly modern finishes artfully mixed up with original features, including artifacts discovered during the renovation that will be placed throughout the buildings as design elements. On the street level Trace will house new "character" retail merchants providing unique goods and services to residents and neighbors. Explore Trace and the vibrant Pike/Pine triangle neighborhood at www.tracelofts.com.

About The Kurofskys

Larry and Tabitha Kurofsky left Las Vegas in 2000 and moved their family to the Northwest to open a food and wine concept that merged an extensive global wine selection with classic American styled food in a casual, sophisticated environment. That year, Purple Café and Wine Bar opened in Woodinville, Wash., followed by a second location in Kirkland, Wash. in 2003. Then in 2006 they opened their flagship location in downtown Seattle, which features a 20-foot wine tower, and a food and wine tasting bar. Summer 2008 will bring Barrio, a new concept that will open in the Pike/Pine triangle of Capitol Hill, Wash., offering Northwest inspired traditional Mexican dishes and well-crafted cocktails. For more information contact Larry Kurofsky at the corporate office, (206) 838-3852; or visit www.thepurplecafe.com.

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