Well played, Occidental Plaza. You managed to get yourself three pretty fantastic anchors courtesy of one of Seattle's most lauded restaurateurs.
London Plane, the long-awaited sequel to Matt Dillon's (Sitka & Spruce, Corson Building, Bar Sajor) wine bar and retail shop of the same name opened at 8 a.m. this morning, completing his two-tiered collaboration with Katherine Anderson of Marigold & Mint.
Anchored at the other cobblestoned-end of the original, much more petite London Plane (which opened last August), and kitty-corner from Bar Sajor, Dillon tells me this new massive London Plane houses a bakery, deli, full kitchen, retail section, prepared foods and pastry production areas, dining room, mezzanine dining room, and floral department.
Dillon plucked Sarah Ellsworth from Sitka & Spruce to be the pastry chef. She joins Michael Sanders, who will be doing all of the bread for Dillon’s restaurants — a completely separate business. Emily Crawford is the chef de cuisine, the same title she holds at The Corson Building.
The smaller space, says Dillon, was “a preview of the kind of food we were going to be doing” at the larger one, which is about six-times the size (4,500-square-feet).
While the original London Plane will continue to offer wine, snacks, art and other retail-type things, the new London Plane will cater more to the food crowd. Starting today, London Plane will be open for breakfast (coffee, croissants), lunch (soups, salads) and take-away goodies (roast chicken, herbs, fresh baked bread, olive oil) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beginning next weekend, it will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with the addition of weekend brunch.