A Violet man: After years in Amazon-town, Seattle chef William Belickis arrives on Capitol Hill
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A Violet man: After years in Amazon-town, Seattle chef William Belickis arrives on Capitol Hill

(Image: Karel Tomanek) The blue street sign, propped up against an exposed-concrete pillar in the middle of the new Capitol Hill restaurant Violet , is easy to miss at first. Somewhat hiding behind a large table lamp, it reads “Place du Mistral.” A dedicated fan of William Belickis’ Belltown and Denny Triangle restaurants Mistral and Mistral Kitchen once stole it from a village in the Provence and brought it back as a tribute. It is the sole memento the veteran Seattle chef brought from his previous restaurants to his new endeavor Violet. Belickis’ new American-Mediterranean restaurant took over from the Durango-flavored restaurant Chavez , which closed after four years on 12th Ave. For about 16 years, Belickis ran two restaurants with Mistral — which is the name of a strong Mediterranean wind— in the name. His intimate, 40-seat Belltown restaurant Mistral closed after eight and a half years, as did the highly-regarded and high-end 5,000-square-foot Mistral Kitchen early last year . Karel Tomanek_IMG_0238 Dan Crespin Photography_IMG_0879 Karel Tomanek_IMG_0260 Karel Tomanek_IMG_0486 Karel Tomanek_IMG_0116 Dan Crespin Photography_IMG_0881 Karel Tomanek_IMG_0102 Karel Tomanek_IMG_0307 Dan Crespin Photography_IMG_0884 Now, after a year-long hiatus running a wine importing business and culinary pop-ups, Belickis is ready for […]

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