Seattle's Icon Grill to Celebrate with New Exterior and Interior Two Years After Losing Its Facade
Submitted by: Flash Media Services
Seattle, WA (OPENPRESS) March 7, 2012 -- Exactly two years to the day after the facade collapsed, Seattle's venerable icon Grill will hold a relaunch party to celebrate its new exterior, refreshed interior and enlivened menu.
The party, from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 2, 2012, will include an auction of some of the many artworks that have adorned the restaurant, known for its abundant use of blown glass and eclectic art from many local artists including Mark Tobey, Gwen Knight and Martin Blank. By refreshing the artwork, icon Grill will be able to feature new artists' work on a rotating basis throughout the coming months and year. A portion of proceeds from the auction and event will be donated to Art with Heart, a Seattle nonprofit that offers therapeutic art programs to children.
"We've always been known for our bright, fun interior in addition to our aroused Americana food," said Nick Musser, executive chef and general manager. "We offer a unique dining experience along with the updated comfort food our guests love. In the future guests will be greeted with some surprising new visuals and a few exciting new menu items."
The public is invited to attend the "icon redux celebration." Entry fee is $10 and will include drinks, food and a chance to bid on some of icon Grill's artwork. To RSVP, please contact icon Grill at 206-441-6330.
Icon Grill opened in 1998 and quickly became a Seattle icon, known for its beautiful interior, theater marquee outside, and upscale American classics including macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and meatloaf. The restaurant, at 1933 5th Avenue, across from the Seattle Westin Hotel, is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The interior even served as a set for the 2002 film "Life or Something Like it."
Some of the new menu items will include Homemade Smoked Cheddar Bacon Tater Tots with Chipotle Ranch, Andouille Hushpuppy Corn Dog Bites with Honey Mustard Dip, Filet Mignon Beef Stew with Cheddar Scallion Buttermilk Biscuit Crust, Apple Cider Smothered Pork Chops, Hoppin' John Cakes and Greens, and PB&J Cake with Frozen Banana Custard.
New artwork will also be featured at icon Grill. It will include works from Seattle artist Fran Holt, Israeli born painter Yael Zahavy-Mittelman and the late Northwest painter Edna Crews. In addition, guests will be treated to wines from Washington wineries Tefft Cellars and Fivash Cellars.
On April 2, 2010, a portion of the brick façade on the three-story building that houses icon Grill collapsed and fell to the ground. It injured three people and damaged icon's marquee and large sign of a male diver. After two years, the outside has been fully repaired and the marquee, whose messages included "I think, therefore icon," and on its first birthday, "One year old and still kicking glass," has been restored to offer more fun messages. Stay tuned for the big reveal when the restaurant holds its redux celebration.
"We encourage everyone to come out and join us in this celebration," Musser said. "We look forward to serving our upscale comfort food to customers for many years to come."
About icon Grill
Touted for its "aroused Americana cooking," icon Grill provides customers with comfort food in a tasteful flashy interior that features blown glass artwork from Martin Blank and paintings and objects de art from local artists. Icon Grill is owned by Tacoma native Randy Tei and its dining room is led by executive chef and general manager Nick Musser. For more information, visit online at http://www.icongrill.com.