Last week, new owners Matt Walsh and C.J. Saretto took possession of The Broadway Grill from Debbie Augustavo, who has run the restaurant for 20 years. CHS spoke with Walsh regarding the new ownership’s plans for this Broadway institution.
When asked about his reasons for wanting to buy the restaurant, Walsh told us that he had met his husband and business partner Saretto at the Broadway Grill. Walsh said that having arrived in Seattle from a small town at the age of 16 ten years ago, the Broadway Grill was the first place that he “felt at home” as a gay teen. He ended up getting a job there and working his way up to manager.
Walsh said that Augustavo approached him about buying the restaurant late last year. She wanted to keep the restaurant in good hands and since Walsh had previously been a server and manager at the Broadway Grill, Augustavo felt that he understood why the eatery was special.
While Walsh said he plans to keep some popular items (e.g. yam fries), he plans a major revamp of the menu. In the next few months, the bulk of the Broadway Grill’s menu will focus on local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. In addition to editing the menu, he plans on cooking at the Grill himself. Walsh told us that they have no plans to tinker with the popular all day, every day happy hour.
Augustavo (See Mary’s comment below) opened the Grill at 314 Broadway E in spring 1991.