Just after eight yrs, downtown French cafe Loulay Kitchen area and Bar from famed chef Thierry Rautureau has officially shut completely. “Covid has been tough on a whole lot of us, and Loulay is no distinct,” Rautureau wrote in an August 9 announcement. “After been shut for in excess of a 12 months, we have decided to allow it go. We are extremely unfortunate to have appear to this final decision and really want to thank all of you for your guidance in excess of the many years. Many friendships and recollections have been made and will not be forgotten.”
Named for his hometown of Saint Hilaire de Loulay in France, Loulay was Rautureau’s 1st job right after he shut his Madison Valley fine dining mainstay Rover’s in 2013 immediately after much more than 25 a long time, and it was a sibling to the more relaxed Luc. The menu included tributes to the chef’s childhood reminiscences, these types of as a incredibly hot chocolate with brioche and salted butter dependent on his grandparents’ recipe, as very well as other well-liked products these kinds of as duck confit sliders. Within, there was a minor more flash than Rover’s and Luc in Madison Valley, with three stages and all-working day accommodations meant to appeal to workplace employees, tourists, and the theater group.
Loulay also appeared to be a mainstream essential darling. Not long just after it opened, the Seattle Moments heaped praise on some of the French standards on offer you, like a “definitive French onion soup” that “distills veal bones and onions into a dim, insanely delicious liquid,” and its “robustly flavored” burger topped with seared foie gras and bacon-shallot jam. In 2013, it landed a spot on Zagat’s 25 most important restaurants of the yr, and Seattle Achieved declared it the ideal cafe of 2014.
But Loulay ended up closing when the pandemic first impacted the Seattle region in 2020 and was in no way in a position to open back again up, even when COVID-related capacity restrictions have been eventually lifted. Rautureau’s announcement also will come not very long after the chef told buyers by means of electronic mail in early July that Luc would completely shut at the end of summer time following 10 yrs. The bistro is presently serving some farewell foods, with options to shut the doors for great on August 28.
In the meantime, Rautureau explained he and his wife Kathy would shortly be using time to “reflect on our life earlier, present, and foreseeable future,” and seemed to indicate he wouldn’t pursue any new Seattle cafe assignments. When requested if he was retiring, the chef tells Eater Seattle “semi retirement is more what I would contact it … I will be undertaking some consulting in the potential. But, sure, it’s time for the youngs to shift ahead and have the torch.”