Seattle Met: Mamnoon's Rooftop Sibling Mbar Is Open

It’s been nearly a year since Mamnoon owners Wassef and Racha Haroun filled our collective psyche with a particular sort of yearning—for an ambitious bar and restaurant perched on a South Lake Union rooftop, for glass walls that let you take in a nonstop panorama from the Space Needle to Gas Works Park to downtown’s skyscrapers, cocktail in hand and firepit nearby.

On Thursday, they delivered. Mbar is officially open for dinner and bargoing atop the 400 Fairview building (where there’s no shortage of enticing options on the ground floor).

Along the way the Harouns picked up a significant culinary force in the form of Jason Stratton, who has been overseeing Mamnoon’s Middle Eastern menu and general operations since last September; now he’ll settle in as Mbar’s executive chef, where he has license to deep dive on classic European techniques and traditions—Stratton loves himself some Spanish and Italian culinary history—but also ignore geographic boundaries and conventions entirely.

Read the full story on Seattle Met magazine.

Copyright 2016 KING


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