(Trumpeter David George and jazz pianist Tony Mamón perform at tonight’s soft open of Table 35)
Story, video and photos by Mary Sheely
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
The frenzied last week of preparation has ended, and it’s the friends and family of Table 35, the Junction restaurant that officially opens tomorrow morning, who are reaping the benefits tonight.
They attended the “soft open,” a private party that brought out extended family plus friends who used to frequent the Faour brothers’ previous restaurant, Salute of Bellevue. Patrons are enjoying live music from trumpeter David George and jazz pianist Tony Mamón as well as drinks and food from Table 35’s menu.
“We’re back for our second helping,” says Yasmin Ahmed, who with Spencer Smith has a plate loaded with pasta, greens, and prime rib. “That tells you it’s awesome,” she says. Ahmed and Smith traveled to West Seattle for the party from Bellevue, where they used to be regulars at Salute.
At a corner table, a spirited group of friends of the family share drinks and jokes. L to R: Mike Moon, James Walsh, Mary Walsh, John Boerner, Carol Moon, Barbara Didis.
At another table, Madalina Andrei and her mother celebrate both the restaurant opening and the engagement of a friend.
Owner Yaz Faour and his wife, Rebecca Evans, are in obvious good spirits, welcoming guests with hugs and smiles. At the front of the house, marketing manager Sara Stewart is also relaxed and smiling, in part due to nearby Liberty Bell Printing.
“Look at how fantastic this menu looks,” she says. “They really came through for us in a hurry.”
Stewart will have plenty of menus on hand tomorrow (Saturday), when Table 35 opens officially at 10 a.m.