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mwise Dec 10, 2009 03:56 PM

Where has he gone? Has he sold Spinasse? Has staff stayed with restaurant? Does he plan to return? Sorry for all the questions but I'm getting all emotional. I was planning a return trip to Seattle and just saw that he has left.

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    mrnelso Jun 11, 2010 12:04 AM

    There's a screenplay in this....

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    1. re: mrnelso
      bluedog67 Jun 11, 2010 05:18 PM

      Interestingly, I had read that Spinasse was better than ever (have't been back, can't confirm) and that the new chef won a major natioal award.


      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

      1. re: bluedog67
        landguy Jun 13, 2010 11:04 PM

        Will definitely have to check it out now with the new chef given the F&W best chef accolade.

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      tedfood Jun 7, 2010 10:13 PM

      Yes Justin is at the Willows. Spinasse is a disappointment, the pasta is a pale shadow of what Justin was capable of creating. Overly sauced and not at all the Piedmontese cooking that was the original concept. They should have renamed the restaurant.

      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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        equinoise Jun 10, 2010 04:41 PM

        What a shame. Spinasse had lightning in a bottle. What happened? I just remember Neidermeyer looking very bored and almost disgusted when I was in there.

        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

        1. re: equinoise
          Lauren Jun 11, 2010 11:30 AM

          I've had 3 friends go to Spinasse recently and they all raved about it. Said it hadn't lost anything since Justin left. I'd like to go try it again myself. I loved it when Justin was there.

          Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

        2. re: tedfood
          DonJ Jun 14, 2010 01:46 PM

          Don't know what happened for Ted, but I have been to Spinasse numerous times since Justin left, and it is wonderful. Pasta is the same, and the menu changes and expands wonderfully.

          Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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          Olympia Jane Dec 10, 2009 07:54 PM

          Yes, sadly, Justin left Seattle for new adventures. Spinasse is still open, pretty much the same menu. Not sure how many of the same staff are still there, you'd have to call them.


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