Look: Historic Ballard Houses Become Beautiful Italian Restaurant Today

May 21, 2016 688

by Adam H. Callaghan

Named for a monastery near Venice, Italian restaurant San Fermo opens its doors today, about half a year later than expected. The wait has produced a gorgeous blend of rusticity and modernity inside and out of the historic Pioneer Houses, which were moved to Ballard years ago from the International District.

Above, you can see what co-owners Tim Baker (formerly director of operations for Wild Ginger), Wade Weigel and Jeff Ofelt (Bimbo's, Cha Cha, King's, Ace Hotel, Rudy's, Percy's), and Scott Shapiro (Melrose Market) have done with the 50-seat place, which abuts the busy Sunday farmers' market. Instead of sage green, the exterior is now bright white accented with black; the interior is similarly patterned. The inviting patio alone ought to draw many a summer diner.

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Source: http://seattle.eater.com/

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