By reporter Steven Smalley
Construction continues at the restaurant location previously occupied by Rudy’s Place at 34th Avenue West and West Emerson Street, with workers laboring furiously both inside and outside the structure. Inquiries to the Magnolia Voice tips hotline prompted some questions of our own to the proprietor of the soon-to-be Italian venue with a new moniker, The Villa.
“The restaurant is going to open by the end of March or first of April,” reveals Stefan Petrov, owner, chef, and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Art here in Seattle.
“Final touches take time,” says Petrov, who also operates his other restaurant, Verona Pizza, which will stay open in Burien.
The latest restaurant will hold nearly 40 people, plus more in the bar, and will offer an American-infused Italian menu with entrees averaging $16.
Petrov promises dinners at first, which will include plenty of Northwest seafood. Lunches and breakfast could be introduced later, although still in the planning stages, with tentative notions for a bakery and coffee shop as well. Weekend brunch will be served nearly all day Saturday and Sunday. “We are keeping our options open,” he says.
Bistro-style dining will highlight a casual atmosphere, sans white linen tablecloths, notes Petrov. “Families are welcome,” says the man who has two children of his own. “The bar is separated from the restaurant and will be nothing like the previous (incarnation),” he assures.
Chef Petrov says he will spend most of his time in the kitchen concentrating on food quality during the initial launch, although look for him to run all aspects of the operation.
Originally from Bulgaria, Petrov came here in 1999 and lives with his wife in Queen Anne.