As summer draws near, we anticipate many extreme culinary adventures, like attempting to balance plates of La Bodega’s epic paella in our hands while inhaling Chef Manu Alfau’s glorious empanadas.
One year after its opening in Pioneer Square, the wildly-popular Dominican restaurant has successfully completed a $10,000 Kickstarter campaign to build a festive, wooden patio on its corner of Prefontaine Place.
Make that an outdoor culinary adventure.
In a phone interview, Alfau confirmed that he plans to break ground April 13 and that the patio shoud be completed by May 15. There's more.
"We're super excited because during the summer it shines right on that spot outside," he says. "To celebrate we're going to offer five new tropical cocktails and extend our hours."
The patio, which was backed by major industry players, including Jon Staenberg of The Vude and Hand of God Wines, will double La Bodega's seating capacity. So while you may be accustomed to cramming into the tiny Caribbean food shop with a drippy, slow-roasted puerco asado sandwich in hand, you can now enjoy Seattle's taste of the tropics outside, in the sunshine.
To celebrate, Staenberg and Alfau are throwing a Dominican dinner party with Argentinian wine pairings at The Vude on April 17. There will be beef picadillo and yam and gouda empanadas. There will be beet salad with chayote, queso, guava and cilantro. And with Alfau busting out the giant paella pan, there will be gobs of the glistening, sausage-studded rice for everyone.