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July 15, 2008 5:25 PM

Olivar: Third time's the charm for Capitol Hill bistro

Posted by Nancy Leson

Hey, what do you know! After more than a year of sitting vacant and forlorn, the charming little restaurant space in the Loveless Building has gotten a new tenant. With a Spanish accent, no less. Olivar is set to open for dinner July 22nd. You know the space -- the one famously vacated by the much anticipated and extremely short-lived dessert house Coco La Ti Da, and its much-anticipated and almost-as-short-lived predecessor, Fork:

Olivar's owner is chef Philippe Thomelin:

Whose Spanish menu -- built with fine fresh Northwest ingredients and offering both "small" and "large" plates -- was posted outside the restaurant when I dropped by this morning for a look-see.

Chef Philippe's impressive work history includes stops at Il Terrazzo Carmine, Cascadia, Rover's, Harvest Vine, Madison Park Cafe and Voila Bistro. Before coming to Seattle, the French chef spent 10 years in Andalucia, Spain, where he owned and operated a tapas bar.

By the way: Olivar is right across the street from the Harvard Exit, and a stone's throw from this place (you can see the Loveless Building's facade in the window):

Whaddaya mean, "What place is that?" It's another much-anticipated restaurant, Jerry Traunfeld's Poppy. Its website is up and running, and helps you stay tuned to construction progress.

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