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Four Seasons Announces Executive Chef

May 6, 2008 by  
Filed under 4Seasons, Austin A. Bell

chef kerry spearStarting at $1,000, this chef’s current restaurant offers an opportunity to design a custom menu based on your ideas. Your fee also includes time spent in the kitchen working side-by-side with the kitchen staff in creating your five-course meal. After digging even further, I found another creative and fun way he shares his passion with others by hosting Pike Place Market tours, followed by a three-course cooking demonstration and lunch for only $75. Taking on the position of Executive Chef, Chef Kerry Sear (owner of Cascadia Restaurant in Belltown), will also take on the responsibility of the Four Seasons food and beverage operations. A solid acquisition for the Four Seasons.

The market tours sound fun and offered at a bargain price. Hopefully the new position won’t keep him too busy that he won’t be able to offer them again this summer, or the next.

We would love to hear about any dining experiences from anyone who has visited Cascadia Restaurant. If you’ve dined there, had a private dining party or gone on one of his market tours, please post a comment and share your experience.

Austin A. Bell – 2324 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

November 15, 2007 by  
Filed under 1st, Austin A. Bell, Belltown, Cassimar US

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Address: 2324 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Neighborhood: Belltown


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A Seattle landmark with a touching story of our Seattle history. Originally built by the family for which Belltown was named after, the Austin A. Bell building was originally a hotel constructed in 1889. Although Austin Bell died before he was able to build the hotel, his wife built it afterward using bricks she barged from San Francisco. The building was almost destroyed by a fire in 1981 except for the stone facade that still stood. Developers Wayne Knowles and Bob Baldwin then bought the building and neighboring parking structure from Samis Land Company. Working in association with Cassimar US, Murray Franklyn and Snell Partnership, the award-winning renovated building is now a loft-style community with pieces of it’s original woodwork in the lobby. The 5-story historic condominiums located in the center of Belltown also includes a rooftop terrace, Starbucks outlet and additional retail space.


Retail Terrace Exterior


  • Year Built: 1889
  • Number of Units: 42
  • Number of Stories: 5
  • Exterior: Brick, Metal/Vinyl, Wood
  • Parking: Common Garage
  • Pets: Subj to Restrictions
  • H/O Dues Included: Earthquake Ins., Garbage, Water/Sewer
  • Common Property Features & Amenities: Cable TV, Disabled Access, Elevator, Fire Sprinklers, Lobby Entrance, Rooftop Terrace


  • Belltown Bistro
  • Blu Canary Stationery
  • Carol McClellan
  • Cascadia
  • Catholic Seamen’s Club
  • Del Rey
  • JH Terry Gallery
  • Marjorie
  • Sports Specialties
  • Starbucks
  • Tavolata
  • Wasabi Bistro



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