Neighborhood Services' chef Nick Badovinus (photography by Kevin Marple)

Nick Badovinus Leases Space Formerly Known as Spoon

Badovinus plans to open Montlake Cut, a love letter to his hometown of Seattle, by late spring.

I just checked in with Nick Badovinus who confirms he has signed a lease on the space in Preston Center which, up until December 31, 2014, was the home of Spoon.

Badovinus plans to open a “love letter to my hometown of Seattle” by late spring. It will be called Montlake Cut, a canal that runs from Lake Washington, where Badovinus spent his childhood, to Puget Sound. “Slipping through The Cut always represented leaving fresh water and heading to the sea,” Badovinus says. “It was the spirit of adventure of my childhood and it reminds me of going to baseball games with my dad and watching crew races.

Montlake Cut will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “This idea has been in the works for a long time,” Badovinus says. “We’ve had some easements setbacks at Town Hearth so we are delayed a few months. Now we have the time to develop Montlake Cut.” This restaurant will join Flavor Hook’s portfolio of restaurants which currently includes three locations of Neighborhood Services, Off-Site Kitchen, and Town Hearth (opening in late summer).

Before Badovinus gets to work on Montlake Cut, he and Dean Fearing are headed back to the Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage for a victory-lap dinner. Earlier this month, Badovinus won the Robb Report’s Culinary Masters Competition. He was nominated by his mentor Dean Fearing. “We just went out there and did our thing,” Badovinus says. “We just cooked food to create a dinner that would hopefully give the judges a good time.” Fearing and Badovinus will do their thing together again on Saturday night.

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Comments

  • Betty Davis

    Good for Nick. He is the best operator in Dallas and continues to create delicious places to eat.

  • SRT

    Nancy – congrats on Nick’s new restaurant.

  • dallasboiler

    After their much ballyhooed dust-up at The Commissary a few years ago, I can’t help but be amused by the kismet that is putting Nick Badovinus in the same space where Tesar just closed up shop. Can’t wait to try Montlake Cut and – whenever it comes to fruition – Town Hearth!

  • Milk&cookies

    Sounds great! Will it be decorated in purple and gold? (UW Husky colors). The cut is next to UW.
    Go Dawgs!

  • Gregory Brown

    I would humbly suggest asking city services in HP to replace the ancient asphalt in the street and add some enhanced lighting to make that stretch of road more inviting. As it is now, you drive up to a glorified ditch with large puddles of water with the slightest rain, dim lighting, and overall milieu that says “go away.” And so they do–or at least never return.

  • Gregory Brown

    I would humbly suggest asking city services in HP to replace the ancient asphalt in the street and add some enhanced lighting to make that stretch of road more inviting. As it is now, you drive up to a glorified ditch with large puddles of water at the slightest rain, dim lighting, and an overall milieu that says “go away.” And so they do–or at least never return.

    • Milk&cookies

      Good idea think it’s in Dallas tho

  • Gregory Brown

    You are correct Sir! Had to go to Google Maps to confirm it. All is now explained.

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