Seattle restaurant Tavolàta expands to Spokane with downtown location

click to enlarge Fresh, handmade pasta is the centerpiece of Tavolàta's menu. - TAVOLÀTA FACEBOOK
Tavolàta Facebook
Fresh, handmade pasta is the centerpiece of Tavolàta's menu.
Award-winning Seattle chef Ethan Stowell is making the move across the Cascades to open a Spokane location of his pasta-focused restaurant Tavolàta.

Tavolàta is taking over the 5,000-square-foot former location of an Olive Garden restaurant on the first floor of Old City Hall, at 221 N. Wall St. A targeted opening is slated for winter 2020-21.

"I’ve always been impressed by Spokane’s beauty and vibrant culinary scene,” says Stowell, founder and CEO of his Ethan Stowell Restaurants group, in a press release.

“When the opportunity arose for us to cross the mountains and create a restaurant in such an amazing place, we jumped at it. We could not be more excited to connect with the local community and welcome our new neighbors into the ESR family.”

click to enlarge The dining room of Tavolàta Belltown. - TAVOLÀTA FACEBOOK
Tavolàta Facebook
The dining room of Tavolàta Belltown.
Ethan Stowell Restaurants operate two locations of Tavolàta, in Seattle's Belltown and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Pasta is made fresh daily for its traditional and seasonal Italian menu featuring dishes like fresh gnocchi, linguine with Dungeness crab and shrimp, and pappardelle with beef and pork ragu. The original Tavolàta in Belltown opened in 2007, and the Capitol Hill location followed nearly a decade later in 2016.

Stowell and his restaurants have received numerous accolades, from James Beard Award nominations to dozens of nods from regional food media.

New owners of the historic Old City Hall building are undertaking a complete renovation of the six-story building located near River Park Square and across the street from Riverfront Park. Partners in the project, Wall Street LLC, also note in the press release announcing 
Tavolàta that other tenant leases for the space will be shared in the coming weeks.

A complete list of Ethan Stowell Restaurants' Seattle-area properties is as follows: Tavolàta Belltown, How to Cook a Wolf, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company, Rione XIII, Mkt., Red Cow, Frēlard Pizza Company, Tavolàta Capitol Hill, Cortina, Cortina Cafe, The San Juan Seltzery, How to Cook a Wolf Madison Park, Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and Kigo Kitchen. In 2019, Stowell also opened Wolf in the Nordstrom flagship store in New York City.

Spokane Lilac Festival Brewfest @ Downtown Spokane

Sat., May 21, 1-5 p.m.
  • or

About The Author

Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's Associate Editor, overseeing and contributing to the paper's arts and culture sections, including food and events. Chey (pronounced "Shay") is a lifelong resident of the Spokane area and a graduate of Washington State University. She's been on staff at the Inlander since 2012...