by Reporter Steven Smalley
Eleven months, six offers, and three inspections later, Rudy’s Place at 3656 34th Avenue West has sold. The new business will be an Italian restaurant owned by successful chef and Queen Anne resident, Stefan Petrov. The property, building, business, and contents all went as one package for $425,000. When it reopens, the new restaurant will, “ be friendly, have great prices, and wonderful food,” according to Petrov. He adds there will be a bar, but the emphasis will be on cuisine.
Originally from Bulgaria, Petrov (37), is a graduate of four years of culinary school in his home country, and of Seattle’s Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Art. He owned a Romio’s Pizza and Pasta restaurant in Everett which he sold, and the well-reviewed Vincenso’s Pizza and Pasta on Queen Anne. Currently he owns and operates Verona Pizza and Pasta in Burien which he will keep. Chef Petrov says the menu is still in the planning stages, but will have a nice selection of meat, fish, salads, and appetizers. “We want to do it right,” he said. It seems neighbors are interested in having their own place to dine on the north end of Magnolia. “People came by in their cars shouting, ‘When are you going to open?’” says real estate broker Melanie Smith of John L. Scott. If permits and remodeling go well, look for an opening of the currently unnamed restaurant by the end of the year.