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New York City is known for its culinary and restaurant culture, but now that Nordstrom is doing business there for the first time, it also is bringing a little Pacific Northwest cooking with it.

The Seattle Times reports that Nordstrom has signed Tom Douglas and Ethan Stowell, two of Seattle’s biggest name chefs, to open restaurants inside its new seven-story Manhattan store scheduled to be unveiled in October.

“We are incredibly excited to collaborate with culinary greats, Chefs Ethan Stowell and Tom Douglas, with the opening of our NYC flagship store,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores at Nordstrom, said in a released statement. “They are well-regarded for creating innovative menus and dining experiences, and we feel they’ll be a great complement to our already strong restaurant portfolio.”

According to the Times, “Douglas will open two restaurants in the lower levels of the department store; Jeannie’s will be a family-friendly concept, featuring pizzas, pastas and salads. The pizzas will be similar to, but not the exact recipes of, the namesake dish at Serious Pie, according to his spokeswoman. He will also open Hani Pacific, a full-service bar restaurant that will focus on ‘Pacific-Rim influenced dishes’ such as caramelized coconut chicken and red chili pork ramen. This marks Douglas’ fourth collaboration with Nordstrom after he opened Department Bento by the men’s department in Bellevue and also Jeannie’s in Las Vegas.

“Stowell will open Wolf, an homage to his wildly successful small-plate restaurant How to Cook a Wolf in Upper Queen Anne. His New York City menu will feature the popular polenta fritters and other shared plates from his Wolf restaurant in Seattle, Stowell said.”
KC's View:
This makes my heart sing. I love both their restaurants in Seattle …and am an especially big fan of Tom Douglas, having written extensively and glowingly here and elsewhere about his Etta’s, Serious Pie, and many of his other restaurants.

What can I say? Anything that brings a little bit of the Pacific Northwest closer to where I live in Connecticut is a good thing, as far as I am concerned.