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Tavern and pizzeria announced for Main Street Commons

Restaurateur Ethan Stowell will open his third Victor Tavern


Last updated 11/7/2022 at 11:02am

Two weeks ago, during the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce’s first Connect Edmonds event, participants listened as developer Mike McMurray shared some news, including securing a commitment from Johnny Mo’s Pizzeria, which has one location in Seattle.

Last week, McMurray made another announcement: Seattle chef Ethan Stowell will open the Victor Tavern in the 7,000-square-foot mezzanine game room. That area will feature rollerball bowling.

It will be Stowell’s third Victor Tavern. In 2020, he opened onrd in both downtown Seattle and South Lake Union.

Victor Tavern will be an anchor at Main Street Commons. McMurray said he’s been in negotiations for about six months.

McMurray said the menu will include prime rib and smash burgers – to name a few dishes – along with a possible brunch menu on weekends.

“It’s a very large space,” said McMurray, “and I wanted to have an operator with much experience and with local flare who could deliver the best for Edmonds. Ethan has a great reputation of supporting local communities his restaurants operate in.”

Among other tenants McMurray has announced are Molly Moon's ice cream, Virtue Cellars, and Copperpot Bakery.

As the Beacon has reported, Copperpot Bakery currently delivers in the Seattle area only; Edmonds will be its first retail shop.

"Myself and Dominique Rose are combining forces to open the bakery in Edmonds," said Casey Cooper, who is from Austin, Texas, and said he has been baking for years.

Rose owns 314 Pie, a pie food truck and catering business. The food truck has visited farmers markets in Edmonds, and last week was one of the food trucks at the inaugural Corner Copia festival in the Five Corners neighborhood.

Molly Moon's will be opening its first location in Snohomish County. The company, founded by CEO Molly Moon Nietzel in Seattle in 2008, has six locations in Seattle and the Eastside.

Richmond Beach-based Virtue Cellars will be on site with a tasting room.

A contract with a coffee shop is pending.

“We have such a great downtown,” McMurray said. “I definitely don’t want to replicate what we have.”

During his Waterfront Center presentation, McMurray mentioned that Main Street Commons has five key elements: business synergies, art, civic, open spaces, and architectural value.

Community artist Paige Pettibon has been commissioned to provide a mural, guided by Mural Project Edmonds. Pettibon is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

A glassed-in pavilion will house the 1938 Ford firetruck that is frequently seen at outdoor events and festivals in Edmonds.


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