Bastille

Ballard, Seattle

Deming Maclise and James Weimann
2009

Bastille is absolutely beautiful, like walking into a sepia-toned Parisian photograph; the interior is big and bustling, but candlelit and romantic…

The Stranger

Bastille Cafe and Bar, James Weimann and Deming Maclise’s inaugural collaboration, is located in Ballard’s Obermaier Machine Works Building.   The space features reclaimed lighting, back bars, and other architectural details – much of it sourced from France on one of James and Deming’s trips.  Mētis worked closely with James and Deming to restore reclaimed items as well as collaborating in the development and design of entirely new elements, such as the bridge girders that span from column to column in the main space.  Banquettes, booths and tables were fabricated on site from a mixture of Brazilian Cherry and Aloe Wood.  On the rooftop, Mētis collaborated with Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farms to design and fabricate a number of planters with shade frames for use in summer and translucent frames for use in winter.  Taken all together, Bastille is the sort of “experience space” that both James and Deming and Mētis have come to be known for.

Team

  • Shane
  • Luther Chatel
  • Jason Harrel
  • Matthias Scheiblehner
  • Pat MacGregor
  • Seth McCoy
  • Tom McKnight
  • Nathan Towl
  • Collaborators

    The Bastille Cafe and Bar build-out was completed in collaboration with Deming Maclise and James Weimann and Mike Skidmore Architects.

    Press & Links

    "Ensconced in an oval booth spooning luscious béarnaise sauce from a silver ewer amid the gleaming white-tiled glamour of Bastille, I couldn’t help recalling the line uttered by a giddy Meryl Streep as Julia Child in the movie “Julie & Julia.” “French people eat French food every day. I just can’t get over it.” . . ." — Seattle Times

    "Bastille is absolutely beautiful, like walking into a sepia-toned Parisian photograph; the interior is big and bustling, but candlelit and romantic..." — The Stranger

    "Bastille has nothing if not charisma." — Seattle Met

    "It’s a gorgeous spot with ample patio seating, and rich interiors adorned with dark wood, white subway tiles, amber-glowing lights, and a quite impressive 45-foot zinc-topped bar." — Seattle Plate