A Dream Realized: Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest

It’s hard to believe that Miller’s Guild will be turning four later this year! The Seattle downtown core keeps our extremely talented team busy and I remain present there and enjoy seeing familiar faces thanks to your return visits. Outside of the restaurant, I wanted to share two projects I’ve been stealthily working on for nearly two years, both of which opened their doors last week in downtown Bellevue: The Lakehouse restaurant, and Civility & Unrest cocktail lounge.

The Lakehouse, found on the second floor of W Hotel in the Lincoln Square expansion, is my interpretation of a Northwest farmhouse through and through. I intended to build a place that is comfortable, yet elegant; familiar, yet sophisticated. Ultimately, The Lakehouse is a respite, a home for our guests, with the menu created around local produce reflecting vibrant, farm-inspired craft cooking.  The Lakehouse is centered upon the artisan experience, from the ceramics that the food is served on, to the art on the walls, and the people creating the food and drinks in the kitchen and bar. It is my latest dream accomplished, with hard work still paving the way.

A spirit all its own just downstairs from The Lakehouse, Civility & Unrest is the place for serious cocktails and unbridled fun, inspired by the cocktail culture and underground speakeasies of a bygone era. As the name might suggest, the evening can start with a level of civility, and flourish as the night goes on when inhibitions are relaxed. There are craft cocktails, vintage liquors, Champagne and sparkling wines. It is also a place for entertainment with future fashion shows, tattoo artists, unplugged sessions, DJ sets, trunk shows, and more. This is a steal-away spot for friends, or dates, or to embrace strangers!

Just like with the inception of Miller’s Guild (which is going strong and I’m so grateful to you for that!), creating a restaurant or bar has always been intensely personal to me. It’s never an afterthought or an accident, but something that receives thought and reflection, and always inspired by a sense of place. I strive to get that purposeful connection where the authenticity is felt by every guest that walks in the door. These two new additions are my latest labors of love, and if you’re on the Eastside, come by! I’d love to hear about your experience.

All my best,