When you visit the reincarnated Restaurant Zoe in her new Capitol Hill location at 14th and Union, some of the look and feel might be familiar to you. Like a big sister turning to her cool younger brother for inspiration, the new Zoe feels a little like her sibling Quinn’s.
The Belltown-escapee debuted Wednesday night to show off her new look, new menu and new spirit.
When we talked to Scott and Heather Staples about the Zoe move, they told us to expect a refresh. “We changed everything. The look. The logo. Even the music. Everything has loosened up. As well as the price point,” Scott said a few weeks back. Wednesday, the final touches on the new Zoe were being put into place a few hours before the debut. “We’re going down the punch list,” Heather said.
The new space adjacent the Oola Distillery and Lucky 8’s is larger than Quinn’s and will play lighter during the day and into summer as “the coop” all-weather patio area comes into play. A copper-top bar and set of high tables in the middle of the action is very much sibling restaurant Quinn’s-inspired. But the rows of tables cozied into “the snug” area of the dining room is purely a Zoe touch.
UPDATE: We didn’t have time to shoot any dishes coming out of Zoe’s kitchen but we found a friendly face in the crowd who was willing to help out. Thanks to local food and drink entrepreneur Laura Olson for passing along a few images of dessert from her table. We included Olson’s rather breezy descriptions of the plates on the Flickr page. As she told us, check the menu.