Le Grand Bistro Américain launches in late December 2010

Northwest Culinary Pioneer opening restaurant at Carillon Point

Chef and highly respected restaurant concept developer Ted Furst announced this week that renovations to the waterfront location he will open as Le Grand Bistro Américain are progressing and that the restaurant will open later this month. “This project brings me full circle,” Furst explains. “French food has always been my first love, and my career began in earnest when Peter Lewis and I opened Campagne as partners. Later, when I was corporate executive chef for Schwartz Brothers Restaurants we opened a Cucina! Cucina! in this location in the early 90’s. It feels right somehow that I am now opening this French inspired Bistro in the same location15 years later.”

Le Grand is an expression of Ted’s culinary roots and his appreciation of the French way of handling food and eating out. “Food that is locally sourced, classically prepared, executed to a turn, but still moderately priced, never goes out of style” says Le Grand’s owner/operator.

Le Grand Bistro Américain has a standing menu including a broad selection of appetizers, charcuterie, soups, and salads, a full raw bar menu featuring the best local shellfish on the half-shell, and a wide selection of entrees with pricing starting at $12. Steaks are done in both French and American styles, and an interesting and extensive list of side dishes is offered. Desserts will also feature prominently, including ice creams made in-house. Daily specials are listed on blackboard menus carried to each table by the wait staff, and primarily feature fresh fish. Specialty sausages are also made in-house. Bread for the restaurant is baked in the central hearth oven twice a day. The bar is a bustling hub of wine, beer, coffee, and scratch-made cocktails, with full dining service available during any hour of business. Several house wines are available by the pitcher, as they would be in a European tavern. A unique happy hour is featured from 3-6 pm M-F and weekend Brunch is served starting at 10am. Seating is for 140 guests, including a long counter in front of the hearth oven, coffee, raw, and cocktail bars.

Le Grand is situated in a stunning location; two seasonal patios overlook the Carillon Point waterfront in Kirkland, WA with western water views. The décor is classic and the service is professional but approachable: a friendly, urbane feeling prevails. Ted, his management team, and the entire restaurant staff look forward to applying their considerable food, beverage and hospitality experience to the operation of Le Grand and relish the opportunity to bring it patiently to perfection, day by day.

Le Grand Bistro Américain, key personnel:

Scott Emerick Executive Chef Locally and nationally acclaimed culinary professional. Graduate of Ecole Supérieure Cuisine Française and Ferrandi Paris, France. Chef/owner Crémant, Rated "One of the top dozen small restaurants in the country" -Bon Appétit, The Restaurant Issue, September 2007 Jeff Slemaker Sous Chef Formerly of Spitfire, Metropolitan Grill, Daniel’s, Elliot’s Oyster House, Seattle and Bellevue, WA, and the Bellagio, Las Vegas Tom McDermott General Manager Seasoned front of the house manager formerly of The Parlor Billiards & Spirits/The Parlor Collection, Bellevue, WA Ted Furst Owner/Operator Practiced restaurant concept developer, executive chef, winemaker, long time consultant, and a key member of the small group of culinary pioneers who jump-started Seattle’s food and beverage renaissance 25 years ago. His advocacy of local, seasonal products, deep roots as a developer and trainer of influential chefs, and his concept and menu development work on scores of projects in 15 years of consulting have made him a profound influence on what and how people in the Puget Sound area eat and drink.

Le Grand Bistro Américain an urban steakhouse and raw bar with a distinct French accent 2220 Carillon Point Kirkland, WA 98033 425-828-7778 www.bistrolegrand.com

Hours of operation:

Lunch & Dinner: Monday-Thursday 11:30am – 10pm Friday & Saturday 11:30am-11pm Saturday 10am- 11pm Sunday-10am-10pm

Happy Hour: 3-6pm Monday-Friday

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm