Dovetail is proud to complete Tavolàta Capitol Hill, another restaurant we've built for chef and restaurateur, Ethan Stowell. Designed by Atelier Drome Architecture, the 2,600-square-foot restaurant is housed on the ground-floor of the new Dunn Motors Building, on the corner of East Pike and Summit Ave. The original building was constructed in 1925, and preservationist-minded developer Hunters Capital preserved the historic façade and simultaneously created a new building that references the original 1920’s design with large warehouse-style windows and high quality finish materials.
Atelier Drome principal, Michelle Linden, explains that the team designed Tavolàta as a “modern interpretation of the original Bell Town Tavolàta, with lighter woods, a pallet of gray hues, and exposed mechanical systems,” creating a warm yet urban feel. Linden adds that further influence comes from the food itself, “they cook finely crafted meals with handmade pastas and sauces, and the build-out reflects that tailoring with handmade wood and steel furniture, surfaces, and details. The space is built with the same quality and care as the food.”
The main design vision for the restaurant, however, derives from its name, “tavolàta,” a large Italian communal table that emphasizes conversation and community. When entering the restaurant the first big gesture is the table – a sixteen-foot-long maple slab with live edges. Sourced locally from around Lake Whatcom and designed and built in Dovetail’s wood shop in collaboration with Dovetail’s metal shop, the communal table can be separated into two eight-foot-long tables. Bare bulbs hang above the table, illuminating its entire length.
Tavolàta is a beautiful space with beautiful food. Come for the delicious eats and stay for community and ambiance.