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The Whale Wins: A Seattle Restaurant Inspired by the Sea

January 07, 2014 9:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

A 2013 James Beard finalist for Best New Restaurant, the Whale Wins is the latest venture from chef Renee Erickson of the (similarly) whimsically named Walrus and the Carpenter. Located in a converted warehouse space in Fremont, the restaurant’s interiors were designed by Heliotrope Architects (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory), and feature an airy, casual feel. Oh, and about the name: Erickson was inspired by a painting by American folk artist Mary Maguire depicting a whaling scene.

Photos via The Whale Wins except where noted.

Above: The interiors were designed by local firm Heliotrope Architects.

Above: The marble-clad wood-burning oven is the centerpiece of the restaurant.

Above: Shelves are stocked with artisanal goods and local products.

Above: A vintage kitchen sink anchors a corner of the restaurant; photo by Hilary McMullen.

Above: Lighting with a welcoming message.

Above: A Blue Willow-style plate holds business cards. For reservations, go to The Whale Wins.

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