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Hitchcock: New farm-to-table restaurant opening on Bainbridge

My curiosity was piqued today by a new sign on the papered-over Winslow Way windows of what was Gibilaro's, then isabella's, now closed. Mysteries always intrigue me, so I dashed home to do some sleuthing.

Turns out that Hitchcock is the new venture of chef Brendan McGill, an Alaskan native who got his Seattle start as Sous Chef at Il Bistro in 2003, and since then has added The Apartment, Harvest Vine, Cremant and Via Tribunali to his list of head chef gigs. He recently spent several years honing his skills in France.

So what does McGill have in mind for Bainbridge Island? His help-wanted ad on Craigslist (he's looking for a cook, a bartender, and a server) offers some hints about his farm-to-table concept: "The centerpiece of the kitchen is an applewood-fired oven that we'll use to roast fish, vegetables & meats to order. We'll be making fresh pasta daily, working an in-house charcuterie program, butchering small animals procured from local farms and using them to their fullest extent. All desserts are made in-house." He's also got a website up at http://hitchcockrestaurant.com/

The sample menu posted on his site includes a selection of "Bites", Small Plates and Large Plates. Sea Breeze Lamb with fiddleheads, marrow bones w/ quince paste, grilled sardines, and sablefish with lacinato kale are indications that Islanders are in for a palate-expanding experience. Sounds intriguing! I'll connect with McGill in person in the next few weeks for more details. His website offers a target opening date of May 1.

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