LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

Matthew Dillon is putting the pioneer back in Pioneer Square. Opening two new places early next year, the local star chef is shoving the neighborhood into contention for the city s new hot spot.

I grew up in Seattle and spent a lot of time in this neighborhood. I want to stop complaining about how it s not what it should be, said this year s winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for the best chef in the Northwest.

He s going to be part of the solution, first by firing up a wood oven and grill at 40-or-so seat Bar Sajor, named for his mother Nina s side of the family. It's currently under construction at Occidental at Jackson, near Caffe Umbria, set to open in January.

Read the full story on Seattle Mag.

Read or Share this story: http://www.king5.com/story/life/food/2014/08/03/13193288/