West Seattle restaurant followup: Avalon opens, artfully

(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen)
In our previous coverage of the new West Seattle restaurant Avalon, which officially opened this afternoon at 2940 Avalon Way SW in the Luna Park business district, we’ve talked about the food, and the coffee – but the art is part of the story, too. It’s all by Diann Sales:

She’s the sister of co-proprietor and head Chef Deborah Breuler – at right in this next photo with co-proprietor Mary Palmer (Deborah had answered questions about their plans in one of our earliest reports):

Diann’s work incorporated many repurposed materials found at the site (the photo above shows her in front of a collage done on an old door they turned up). More Avalon photos ahead:

WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen stopped by just after Avalon officially opened for happy hour at 3 pm today, before things got really busy, so she was able to show a bit more of the space than we’d seen before, including more of Diann’s work (with yet more to come). Above – that’s collage over a photograph on canvas found at the site, with a Polaroid emulsion added from a shot she had taken in Italy. The back wall, reports Ellen, features two works on other doors Diann found at the site. One more Avalon view:

Heavy curtains lined in red flank the front windows; as Ellen describes it, ” They give the expansive front area a nice warm glow. As for the food and beverages – for starters, Avalon is open for happy hour at 3 pm (continuing till 6), and dinner service starts at 5 pm (there’s a menu link here). After a “couple weeks” on this schedule, Mary had told us earlier, they plan to add brunch.

9 Replies to "West Seattle restaurant followup: Avalon opens, artfully"

  • CurlyQ January 3, 2011 (9:52 pm)

    Wow–thanks for the photos and the menu link (which was inaccessible from their main website for some strange reason). The interior space is lovely and the food sounds fabulous! It will be good to see what their prices are once they figure that out, so I know how often I can go there. I wish them the best of luck!

  • foodisgoodfood January 3, 2011 (9:58 pm)

    Welcome Avalon. You have a beautiful, warm, and inviting space and I wish you the best. Can’t wait to try sample your menu!

  • Michael January 3, 2011 (11:00 pm)

    With Luna Park Cafe usually overflowing with long waits for brunch, I would guess Avalon is ideally situated to take advantage of the overflow.

    Just offer a great brunch menu and the sky’s the limit!

  • B January 4, 2011 (11:34 pm)

    The food is spectacular! Worth every penny!

  • Jill January 5, 2011 (3:59 pm)

    Yay, this looks wonderful, can’t wait to try it. Best to you, ladies!

  • Mary Courtney January 22, 2011 (11:49 pm)

    Have had dinner and brunch. Awesome food and the Sunday beignets are delicious with coffee. Keep up the great cookin’!!

  • Gerard P January 31, 2011 (5:53 pm)

    Was blown away by the food! went a few times the Ribs are a must as well as duck flat bread with persimons

    The wine i loved the local red they offered if only could remember name like forgeron

    the bar was intimate will probably do most my dining in there

  • Pamela A. January 31, 2011 (7:13 pm)

    What a delightful experience! The food is amazing(duck flatbread, crab and cob cakes and ribs with the vegetable gratin.) I LOVE the fact Debra (owner) is patroizing local merchants. While we were there she met the vendor from up the street for a delivery of fluffy, organic greens. We have a treasure in the neighborhood. Let’s keep Avalon going!

  • Robyn February 17, 2011 (8:22 pm)

    The owner/staff were delightful but the food was frightful. All parties at our table would not return. The ribs were super fatty, the duck flatbread was all cheese, little duck and way too salty, the butternut squash ravioli were drowning in a pound of melted butter to the point where you couldn’t taste the ravioli. The arancini, we liked. Hopefully they are still tweaking their menu.

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