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I can't wait

Hi, all.

I am writing this from an airplane somewhere between Seattle and Newark, en route to my in-law’s house for Thanksgiving. I’m afraid I don’t have a recipe for you today, but the view is very nice, and I can offer you that, at least. If you squint hard enough, the wing of the plane looks a little like a dolphin tail, so it’s really two pictures in one. I hope you will find it a fair exchange.

Or, if not, I can offer a little piece of news instead. Actually, it’s a huge piece of news, but calling it little makes it feel more manageable. Brandon is opening a restaurant.

My heart stopped for a second, just typing that.

When I met him about 3 ½ years ago, Brandon was a graduate student in music composition. Actually, if we’re getting down to the nitty-gritties, he was a graduate student in music composition until last March, when he went on leave to focus on the restaurant full-time. It may seem like a strange transition to make, but he has been working in restaurants since he was a teenager, and cooking isn’t all that different, conceptually, from writing music. The work itself is certainly not the same, but both are creative processes, ways of taking separate elements and arranging them, balancing and tweaking, to make something new. Anyway, those of us who know him – which, in a sense, includes all of you – know that he loves food. The man can run circles around me in the kitchen. I like to cook, yes, but he is a cook.

He is also obsessed with pizza. As a grade-schooler, he used to go to a pizzeria near his parents’ house in New Jersey and pepper the owner with questions about dough and mozzarella. When I met him, he lived on the Upper West Side, but he trekked out to the middle of Brooklyn at least once a week to wait patiently in line at DiFara. Last year, he agreed to drive a car from San Antonio to Los Angeles just so he could try the pizza at Mozza, and he took an overnight trip to Phoenix for the sole purpose of eating at Pizzeria Bianco. So when he told me that he wanted to make pizza, it didn’t exactly surprise me. It may have scared me a little, but it didn’t surprise me.

The wheels have been in motion for quite a while – over a year, I think – but he signed a lease on Friday, so we feel ready now to say something here. We wanted to go ahead and share it with you, because we’re excited. And also, you know, a little scared, which seems only sane. But mainly, we’re excited. I hesitate to say too much today, but I can tell you that the restaurant will be here in Seattle, in our neighborhood. The windows are covered with plastic right now, and the door is kind of garish and wonky, but it’ll be prettier soon, I promise. If you squint hard enough, you might get a sense of it. Or see a dolphin tail. You never know.

I say that the restaurant is Brandon’s, because it is: it’s his baby, his vision, his sweat. But I will be there too, helping where I can, and the menu, which I can’t wait to show you, is a real combination of his style and mine. It is inspired by two of our favorite restaurants: Zuni Café, in San Francisco, and Boat Street Café and Kitchen, where Brandon has worked for the past two and a half years, since he moved to Seattle. It happens, yes, that the emphasis will be on pizza, but there will also be wood-fired vegetables from local farmers, seasonal salads, charcuterie, and rustic desserts, the kind I like to make at home. I can’t wait.

There is a lot of work ahead, no doubt, but he plans to open in the springtime. Hopefully early spring, though we’ll see. My book comes out on March 3, so our heads are sort of exploding at the moment. But don’t worry! We have a lot of help. Susan Kaplan of Boat Street has been a hugely generous mentor, and our friend Carla Leonardi of Café Lago has spent hours with us at the oven and in the kitchen. And my brother David, who owns five(!) restaurants in the DC area, calls to check in and field questions and cheer, which makes me so happy that I feel kind of weepy right now.

I know there are a lot of details missing from this story, but I will tell you more as I can. In the meantime, thank you, always, for being here, and for believing in me, in him, and in us. I’ll see you back here on December 8, once we’ve had time to take some deep breaths, sleep in, cook Thanksgiving dinner, wander around New York and eat pizza, and get ready for what comes next.


Anonymous jenny said...

congratulations molly and brandon! i'm always happy to hear when people successfully navigate the gap between graduate school and the real food world, and pursue what they really love. i (and a few others, i'm sure) look forward to reading more about the new adventure.

jenny from rootingforfruit

11:30 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger nk said...

wow, thats so exciting! congratulations to you both :) Ive always dreamed of owning my own restaurant. and after reading your post, i suddenly feel inspired again. maybe someday my dream will come true!
all the best to both of you.

11:33 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Gemma said...

Wow, that is so exciting. Congratulations on signing the lease and I hope you both have a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. I'll add Brandon's pizza place to my list of must visits when I finally make it to Seattle.

11:35 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger S. said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you both...I've been reading your blog for awhile now, and even though we've never met, I sense a bit of a kindred spirit in you :)

Here's to exciting news and life changes!

11:36 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Dana Treat said...

Is that Wallingford??? It looks like it. Oh I so hope so! We live in Tangletown (near Luau) and I would love to be able to walk to a fabulous restaurant. Good luck and congratulations!

11:37 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Jayne said...

Allow me to cheer as well: Hooray! It sounds wonderful. Good luck, and I can't wait to hear more about it.

11:41 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Stace and Rob said...


I am so happy for you! I live in Portland, discovered your blog in my late nite blog fests (I get led from one to another, we all know how that goes in this blog world) and I have loved reading your posts!
I will come visit you when you open!
I lived in SF years ago and Zuni was my fav, so love seeing that it has been an inspiration!Good luck!


11:42 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Lauren said...

Congratulations to both of you! I can't wait to hear how it all turns out! Good luck!

11:43 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Stace and Rob said...

Congratulations on your restaurant!
I have had several businesses over the years and I love hearing when people follow their dream and start their own thing! I also have loved Zuni cafe for years, so good luck and I will come visit when you are open! I am in Portland...cant wait to hear what neighborhood you will be in!


11:46 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Ginger Snap said...

Congratulations to you both, what a wonderful endeavor! I can't wait, either (to come by and get a slice)!

11:46 PM, November 24, 2008  
Anonymous Jessica B said...

Officially delurking to say holy crap and congratulations, that is crazy exciting. I actually cried a little. I'm sending good, successful restaurant thoughts yours and Brandon's way. I am going to very jealous of Seattlites come this spring. Have a happy thanksgiving and I can't wait to see what comes next.

11:49 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger nicole said...

OH WOW!!! so many congrats to brandon, and to you, and to you both! what an awesome experience this will be and thank you for sharing it with the masses. so much luck, and love, to the both of you. and, happy thanksgiving! :)

(and heck, he's gotta throw you a book-party at the resto, when it's published, right?)

12:03 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Milla said...

Oh, best of luck to you both! I'm one of those long-time reader, first-time commenter-types, so you won't know me from a bar of soap - but I'm so happy for you, I hope all your dreams for the place come true :)

12:05 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Katie in Berkeley said...

I will most definitely make the trek to Seattle to eat at your new place. Eep! Such exciting news! It will be wonderful, I'm sure.

12:05 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger lilalia said...

Fantastic news. This is going to be a fun winter hearing about all the ups and downs of getting the restaurant up and running. Do tell all the details!

12:20 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger anya said...

Hi Molly!

I'm your long-time reader, but this will be my first comment on your fantastic blog. And I'll try to keep it simple. And short. :) As I reached the news bit in this post of yours, my heart skipped, too; and I smiled. I think I even yahoo-ed - so happy I am for both of you.

And with that, happy Thanksgiving to you too!

12:44 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous kate said...

that is amazing, incredible, extremely exciting news. I am so so so so happy for you both
I just moved to seattle for school and am considering leaving but here's one more reason to stay. haha. I am a true lover of pizza, REAL pizza, pizza rustica that does not come from pagliacci's or domino's.
once again, congradulations and good luck. that's so great

12:51 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Congratulations! I am so sad to have left Seattle and not be there to become a patron - but I will be back to visit and I can assure you, I will come eat pizza.

1:03 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Yay Brandon and Molly! And, yay, pizza! If I ever make it to the States and to Seattle, I'll know where to eat :) Congatulations on the lease.

1:22 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Summer said...

Oh my GOSH! Molly, what fantastic news! I've never left you a comment before, (I've lurked here for a few months; I've never really felt compelled to comment before because I'm what my loved ones teasingly call "domestically disabled" and though I've experimented in the kitchen before, I haven't had the nerve to try any of your dreamy recipes - yet!) so what better time to start than now?

Really, that's incredible. I can tell from what you've written about Brendan that he's passionate about food in a way that I can't describe without using the word "talent." I think that fits you both - the two of you have a talent for cooking, creating, and somehow even nurturing ingredients so they become more than mere sustinence or fuel. You manage to concoct something special out of simple, lovely elements in a way that's effortless; its never portentous or alienating to the average cook. Rather, you inspire people with a variety of culinary experience to better their dishes with a few key tricks and lots of respect and appreciation for the sum of their parts. Its no wonder than your husband has taken a page from his wife's book (Haha, soon that will be almost literal! March 3rd is just around the corner!).

I know this must seem scary, but look at it as a new adventure - the two of you are going to have some challenges, obviously, but I have a feeling you're onto something brilliant!

Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving, and make sure to give us all a full update once you've taken a nice rest, okay? <3

1:43 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Julia @ crazyaboutbretzels said...

Congratulations!! It's nice that you put to words that thing about composition and cooking. That's how I also see the relationship between my dance studies and my love for cooking. I just hadn't been able to form it into clear words:) Have a nice Thanksgiving!

1:59 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Congratulations to both of you. You are living your dreams, and I know this must be scary for now, but it is ten times compensated by how happy it must make you. I really envy you for having the courage to do this. I'm wishing you a lot of success (and I don't have any doubt about it!). And, until the opening, all the luck you need for the installation process! It will turn out great!!

2:06 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger flannery_therese said...

How exciting! When I return home to Seattle this spring, I'm going to run right over for a slice of pizza - and some dessert, if you insist :) With this and your book there is so much to look forward to coming home to.

2:16 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Look, find, it, cool. said...

FIRST comment. Jeehaw! Congratulations! This all sounds like a dream. I'm looking foward to the following storys!
Happy pizza eating days!

2:26 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Allison Day said...

Congratulations to you both! How very exciting. I love pizza, though I don't eat it nearly often enough. If ever I have an opportunity to visit Seattle after your new restaurant opens, I shall be sure to stop by for some pizza! :)

2:38 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Caroline said...

Congratulations! How very exciting for your both! I'll look forward to reading about how that all comes together.

P.S. I have been enjoying your blog for a while now, but have only recently eaten an Orangette (as I am now studying abroad in France). WOW. Those things are amazing and I try to not buy them since I can eat an entire box in record time.

3:02 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Ashley said...

Congrats! And best of luck to you both.

3:04 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Diana Clarke said...

Oh, Molly, that's wonderful! I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now and have always been too shy to comment, but I just couldn't pass up this opportunity to be the first to offer my sincerest congratulations and good luck to you both. Seeing... er, reading about two people who are so passionate and who love each other so much makes me very hopeful; there's so much cynicism in the world, but you and Brandon seem to behave as if the best will always come to pass. May it do so for you always!

3:41 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous sue bette said...

So excited to hear about your restaurant endeavor - I am in the process of finding my own space right now so I can understand the size of the undertaking!! The inspiration behind the menu sounds amazing.
Best of luck I hope we get to hear about the updates!!

3:44 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Isabelle said...

Congratulations to you and Brandon. What super news. As a small business owner myself, I can say that it is the best thing to sail your own ship like this. Best of luck!

Oh and that shop front is lovely!

4:07 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Reuben Morningchilde said...

This sounds so very, very exciting. And lovely. And cool. And... well, exciting!
I wish you all of good luck, and inspiration, and lovely customers, and all and everything good and useful that I have forgotten right now.

4:14 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Sarah said...

Congratulations! That's great news!

4:42 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Sunshinemom said...

I do not really know you, but the write up seemed to speak to me too:) Here's wishing you both lots of luck, and all the very best for the new restaurant, and your book!

4:44 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Dominic said...

Molly and Brandon, best of luck in this endeavor -- what an exciting time for you both! I, too, have made many a pilgrimage for pizza. It'll be fun to include Brandon's place on my "to-do" list.

the zen kitchen

4:45 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous cc said...

Congratualtions to you and Brandon. It sounds like you both have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season!

4:45 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger jama said...

Congratulations to you and Brandon!! Can't wait to hear more about the new restaurant. :)

4:48 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Luisa said...

So freaking excited for the two of you right now I can barely sit still and it's not even 8 am here! Hooray hooray hooray, can't wait to lift a glass and toast and cheer and, most importantly, come to Seattle to eat dinner at the restaurant one day very soon.

4:48 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Sam said...

Congratulations to you both and many best wishes for the next chapter!

4:52 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Corinne said...

And my brother David, who owns five(!) restaurants in the DC area

I had no idea; I've eaten at DC Coast and Ten Penh, and enjoyed them both.

4:59 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Anna Be said...

Congratulations to both of you! Its always exciting and inspiring to read your thoughts, ideas and recipes every week, especially with news like this. How lucky you are to both have fabulous projects that we get to hear about.

5:01 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Trish Sharp said...

good luck and all the best on both ventures.

5:07 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger trupeach said...

oh my, oh my!
my warmest congratulations.
adding one more to the list of reasons i want to visit seattle.

happy thanksgiving!

5:07 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Susannah Williams said...

Hi Molly,
First-time poster here. Just wanted to say a big congratulations. If Brandon's pizza is as good as your biscuits, I think Seattle will have all of its major food groups covered. All the best to you both.

5:21 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Carrie said...

That is such exciting news! Best of luck to both of you! It's such a huge gamble to open a restaurant, so I admire anyone who has the guts and the dedication to do it. If the food is the equivalent of what you've been sharing here, I just know it will be amazing. I'm so looking forward to your cookbook! I love the way you write.

BTW, the hubs has been asking for a special Thanksgiving breakfast while we frump around and watch the parade on TV. He's jonesing for panettone french toast (our holiday staple), but I've got those doughnut nutmeg muffins of yours on the brain! :-)

5:24 AM, November 25, 2008  
OpenID pricklypearbloom said...

I don't often comment, Molly, but I'm a regular reader for sure. Congratulations and good luck! This is so exciting, and yes, scary. It's going to be great, though, I just know it.

5:29 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Victoria said...

You're probably not going to check comments while you're in NY, but if you do, you might want to trek over to a restaurant called Brio on 61st Street right off Lexington. It isn't the best pizza in the world, but it is really, really, really good. They have a wood-burning fireplace, make delicious salads, sauteed artichoke hearts all smokey and delicious, and Italian bistro dishes. It's usually packed - often with Italian tourists since it's obviously in Italian guides to NYC. I think it is a great example of what an Italian pizza/bistro can be rather than just a pizza joint. Two of us usually share the margarita pie and a spinach salad. I drink white wine; Walter drinks red wine. Might be interesting for you to see. It's a consistently good neighborhood place.

Good luck and happy Thanksgiving.

5:32 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Katie said...

Wow, that is wonderful news! Congratulations! :)

I've been reading your site since I found you a few months or so ago, but I think this is the first time I've commented. You write so beautifully. Foods that I have never had a desire to try before, you make me want to run out and try them. :)

Good luck to you two! Happy Thanksgiving!

5:39 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger keely steger said...

Exciting news! And yet another reason my husband and I need to visit Seattle sometime!

5:43 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to NJ, Molly! I am a huge fan and am happy to hear that you are spending Thanksgiving in my home state... I have to pre-order my book now!

5:57 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I can't wait, either, to eat Brandon's pizza. What great news to kick off Thanksgiving!

6:11 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous DC Sarah said...

OHMYGOODNESS Molly SUCH congratulations are in order for you and Brandon!!! What an exciting adventure is in store! I happen to adore pizza and fortunately for me, one of DC's best pizza joints, Comet Ping Pong, is right next door to my office. I hope to visit Seattle for the 1st time next summer (I have a good friend in law school there), and now the trip is even more exciting with the prospect of visiting Brandon's restaurant! Happy, Happy Thanksgiving and congratulations again!!!

6:13 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Shannon said...

How exciting! This may be the excuse I've been looking for to finally visit Seattle.

6:15 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Kimber said...

Oh, how I wish I lived close to you! Congratulations and good luck!

6:18 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Oh what spectacular news! Congratulations.

6:20 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger A Day That Is Dessert said...

Congratulations!!! I can't wait to visit when it's open.

That first image is so, so beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving, and happy travels!

6:21 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger H.Peter said...

I firmly believe that passion is a very very important ingredient to success in anything.

It sounds very much like we will hear a lot about THAT new Pizza place in Seattle in all sorts of trade magazines very soon.

Exciting times. Exciting times.

6:24 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Samantha said...

Wow, congrats! That is very exciting news, and I can't wait to come to the restaurant the next time I am in Seattle.

Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

6:24 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger smörgåsbroad said...

exciting! congrats!

6:38 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Sarah Beam said...

Since I can't help but feel that I know both of you very well (even though, ah, we've never met or anything), I will be rooting for ya'll. And of course waiting for the restaurant to release a cookbook someday...

6:42 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger hannah said...

the name, the name! you forgot to mention the name! that restaurant front is kinda perfect just the way it is, but i know that you and brandon will make it shine pretty and new. congratulations friends. i wish i could come by to get a hug (and a pizza). maybe in the spring time?

6:47 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so exciting!! Congratulations! I can't to see how things progress from here.

6:47 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger kayenne said...

Allow me to be the first to congratulate (you and) Brandon on this endeavor! Can't be easy, I know. But if it's something that you love doing, it'll be worth it! Maybe you can even incorporate a music night to merge Brandon's music and his love of food.


7:00 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Vincci said...

That's so exciting! Best of luck to the both of you and I definitely would love to visit one day.

7:06 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger wendy said...

oh molly this is fantastic.
so excited for the two of you.
have a wonderful thanksgiving.
2009 is going to be a big year for the two of you.

7:06 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger KatyBelle said...

That's some amazing news, Molly!!

Congratulations to Brandon, and good luck to the two of you!

7:12 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Congratulations to both you and Brandon - the place is sure to be a success! Both of you are rapidly becoming insitutions in the 'foodie world' (if you don't mind my saying that...nothing negative meant).

7:15 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous nene said...

Congratulations! That is super exciting news. What a way to make dreams come true...your story is truly wonderful. I wish you the best and can't wait to read more about this new and exciting project. Perhaps I will even have occasion to visit Seattle and eat there once you are open!

7:22 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Jess said...

Wow! Congratulations on the birth of your new restaurant :) I can't wait to hear more about it. Happy Thanksgiving!

7:22 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Leslie said...

That settles it: I'm moving to Seattle. Any chance there's a little apartment for rent above the restaurant? I'll work for free! ;) Best of luck...so exciting!

7:32 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous victoria said...

oh my... this is dangerous... someone putting in a pizza place that pays homage to NY-style. i'm drooling already thinking about it. now if his (and your) favorite NY pizza was Patsy's, my SO may have been camped out in front until you opened. we'll be watching the building, best of luck to you!

7:39 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous aylin Koker said...

congratulations! can't wait to eat there.

7:42 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger clairehelene7 said...

Oh my goodness!! How exciting! Congrats and good luck!

7:44 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Betsy said...

that is so exciting! Mazel tov to you both. I can't wait to try his place on my next Seattle trip. And while you're in NYC, get yourself to Franny's (Brooklyn) for pizza if you can...

7:46 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger turtle and dragon said...

Wow, congratulations!!! What amazing news. Enjoy the journey!!!

7:47 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Holly Dart said...

Molly! From one who lives vicariously through you, this is SO exciting!

I love the place- it looks like the perfect spot for Brandon's pizzeria. I only wish I could fly across the country to eat there in the spring. If I had a bigger pizza budget,I would. I, too, am a dedicated pizza hunter. The pizza here in NC leaves something to be desired.

Best of luck with the book and the pizza shop!

7:59 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Caroline said...

Congratulations! This sounds like a wonderful plan/concept for a restaurant. If we're ever in the Seattle, we'll make sure to stop by. I wish you two the best of luck with this endeavor.

Happy Thanksgiving!

8:01 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger rachelef said...

Oh my!
That's incredible!
Best of luck to you both. I can't wait for your book, Molly!!!

8:04 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Alice Q. Foodie said...

Wow Molly - this is huge! I am so excited for you guys and wish I could eat there all the time! We've been hoping to get back up to Seattle soon, so I'll make a point of it when this is up and running. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

8:07 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Ann said...

Congratulations to the both of you! Have I deduced correctly, that the storefront is north of BHS? I think it's a great location: far enough away from downtown Ballard to not be in close competition with the three newish pizza places. I, for one, definitely look forward to your grand opening.

8:09 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger jbeach said...

WOW!!!! Very exciting news!
Congratulations to you both -- fun times ahead...
Where in NYC do you plan to eat, aside from Di Fara's??

8:09 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous bonnie said...


How exciting for Brandon, and for the two of you. Over the last two years I marveled at your story, tried your recipes and looked forward to reading every new entry you write. What a grand adventure. When I finally make my first trip to Seattle, your place will definitely be on my 'must-see' list.

8:11 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Amanda Nicole said...

That's fantastic! So excited for you both! And being in Vancouver, Seattle isn't too far away for me to try some of your fabulous dishes once the restaurant's open!

8:11 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous gemma said...

That is so exciting! Congratulations you two! What a year for you both. I look forward to visiting when I am back in Seattle one day.

8:12 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger maggie said...

Wow! This is so exciting. Congratulations and best of luck to you both!

8:14 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Lisa said...

This post makes me so happy.

8:16 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger LakeRuby said...

Wow!! Congratulations. This is fantastic news-- how thrilling for you both. Best of luck! I'll be looking for it if I ever make it to Seattle...

8:19 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous L*Joy said...

this is wonderful. I am so happy for you both, and for seattle's newest best place to eat.

8:19 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger leedav said...

Woohooooooooooo! I've been waiting for this news. Can't wait to visit Seattle after it opens.

Congratulations to you both!

8:23 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger ila said...

Hi Molly and Brandon,

I would like to give you a huge congratulations on your new adventure. Living and working in passion is the best thing anyone can wish for.

Best wishes,


8:31 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Yay!! How exciting, and maybe just the excuse I need to finally visit Seattle ;) I'm sure you will both make a huge success of this new venture, just like you have with everything else you have taken on. All the best and keep us posted!

8:31 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Sizzle said...

As a local, I'm totally excited to come to the new restaurant!

Congratulations on your new adventure. :-)

8:32 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger lillie said...

congratulations! such an exciting endeavor. and another great reason to add "visit seattle" to my new year's resolutions. looking forward to hearing more!

8:34 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger RachelleLouise said...

Wow, Molly! Congratulations!!!!! I honestly can't imagine a more exciting time for you guys! It must feel amazing! Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

8:37 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Katharine said...

Sincere congratulations to both of you - I'm sure you will do wonderfully! I only wish I lived in Seattle to line up for opening night. Molly, will you be heading up the dessert menu?

8:40 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I've read your blog for sometime but never left a comment before; however, now I feel moved to say congratulations - both on your happy life together and a great new adventure.

8:42 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Karen said...

Now I'm wishing I lived in Seattle...something tells me the restaurant (and the pizza) will be FABULOUS.

8:44 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Kitchen Vixen said...

Congratulations! That's so fantastic! When I make my eventually sojoin to Seattle, I'll have to put it on my list of places to eat at.

9:08 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Nancy said...

Awesome! Who is making your wine list? You'll want chiantis, barberas, malbecs from Argentina ....

9:09 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Rosie said...

Best congratulations. Can't wait to come and enjoy a pie. We know an awful lot of families in that neighborhood, so once the lights are on and the ovens are hot, we'll virally spread the word.

9:13 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fabulous! if you guys are in the tri-state area, a trip to new haven for pizza is an absolute must...hands down better than new york!

9:18 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Jennywenny said...

Wow, how exciting! Good luck guys, if I ever make it up there again, I'll definitely make a visit! Hopefully that will be soon, I love seattle!

9:28 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Bobbie said...

Congratulations! Visiting the restaurant is now my first official New Years Resolution for 2009. (and a great excuse -as if one was needed - to get back to Seattle)
Happy Thanksgiving!

9:32 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger cindy* said...

woo! how exciting...i will be telling my seattle friends to be on the look out. congrats!

9:34 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Rachel B said...

Congratulations Molly and Brandon!!
what an inspiration!
I will be sure to visit on my trip to Seattle.

9:39 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Maryn McKenna said...

Wonderful news. Huge congratulations. And look at the long list of people who want to come eat there (not to mention the longer list of Bon Appetit and book readers). It's all going to go very well.

(And DCCoast is marvelous!)

9:45 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Leah said...

Oh, I am so excited. Not only because I can say with authority that Brandon's pizza is fantastic and delicious and should be eaten by as many people as can fit into that adorable place (it IS adorable Molly, you weren't lying) as possible. Not only because that door isn't wonky (how can an orange door be wonky?). Not only because it brings me hope and joy to see not one but TWO lovely people follow their dreams and work toward them and see them to fruition (and there's that leaving grad school bit). Not only because Brandon is a whiz at finding great stuff and packing it up (and thank you again for that). Not only because I know how hard Brandon has worked on this (and you too, Molly). Not only because it means Jack will get more pizza crust (I had to get Jack in here somehow). But because I love the two of you more than you know, and I am so proud and excited and thrilled about all of this.

(And you know, of course, that help can be imported from time to time. Just say the word.)

Congratulations. I love you guys. xoxo

9:48 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger kickpleat said...

oh wow! that is so very exciting. we will definitely make a trip out to seattle for a visit. mmmm, pizza!

10:02 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger oma said...

this is very fun news. can't wait to enjoy some pizza.

10:03 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Hillary said...

That is SOOO exciting. At first I thought you were going to say you were having a baby :)

I want to know what the restaurant is called, and I DEFINITELY want to got o it when I'm in Seattle (I'll be there sometime to visit my brother).

First food blogger I know to be opening a restaurant (after being a food blogger first) and a favorite one of mine, nontheless! So excited!

10:08 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Lalycairn said...

Oh, that is so cool. Congratulations! I am sure it will be awesome! :) Looking forward to hearing more.

10:15 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Megan said...

I'm so glad to hear! Congratulations.

10:16 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger indigo said...

omg!!! congratulations & i can hardly wait to see the menu... a new reason to visit seattle! best of luck to you both & i look forward to reading about all the adventures.

11:07 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous mindy said...

Congratulations! Although I don't comment too often here, I read each of your delicious posts and this is spectacular news. I can't wait to eat there! Good luck to you both.

11:08 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger B Dunlap said...

Oh, congratulations, you two! We'll have to make a trip to Seattle, just to check it out. So much to be thankful for.

11:09 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Ms Ashley said...

That is great! Congratulations!! It's going to be great reading the stories from the new restaurant and come visit Seattle to give it a try.

The photo you used for this post was beautiful also!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving in Newark!

11:09 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Warda said...

That is so exciting! And I am sure, by the look of it, that Brandon's pizza is delicious.
Best, best, best of luck and Felicitations to both of you!

11:14 AM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Tokyoastrogirl said...

I think you may have just set a record with the number of comments you're getting on this post, ha. Well finally both Juan and I can say it out loud- CONGRATULATIONS!!! It seems as if its been ages since you mentioned it and here it is, way out in the open and ready to shake its thang!!

We'd make the flight to taste it so please keep us in the loop. Actually the next time the band is in Seattle, watch out. You may get a large group of misfits eating your entire stock.

Keep us posted!!

Anne y Juan

11:40 AM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Susan said...

Excellent news! My husband is from NY and misses 'real pizza.' The menu outline sounds fabulous. We can't wait to drive over the bridge to Seattle to try it out!

12:03 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous EB said...

So now I have to agree to drive a car from SF to Seattle to eat Brandon's pizza? oooohhh Craigslist......

12:07 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Emily said...

Has he named his restaurant yet? This is so exciting – I’ve already forwarded this post to my foodie partner in crime and we’ll be waiting with bated breath this spring! Congratulations and Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

1:00 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Brian G. said...

How could it go wrong? I am already planning in my head when I can finagle a trip to Seattle to eat some Pizza! oh and a pear tart maybe?

1:01 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Kate said...

Oh, Molly, I am there, SO SO SO there. I bet you're going to have some good beers on tap, too...

1:26 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous blair said...

I am *so* *so* excited for you guys. And what a coincidence Brandon, I love pizza too! : )

Seriously, I can't wait!

1:29 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger J said...

I'm sooooooooooooo excited for you too. My heart feels so full and my face got all wet reading your post. I'm thinking of all the restaurant piles in your basement...all soon to be a thing of the past. You two have an incredible knack for living. I feel privileged to witness. so much love, hulia

1:30 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Kasey said...

Many congratulations to you and to Brandon. Life's too short to not go after your dreams and I wish you all the best of luck and look forward to reading about the restaurant's progress :)

2:07 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger delphine said...

That is so exciting! Congratulations! This means that I will definitely have to go out and visit my friend who lives in seattle :)

2:08 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous a said...

That is amazing!
Good luck and since I'm in Vancouver, hopefully I'll get to check it out in the spring :)

2:09 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Kady said...

My goodness, we are NEIGHBORS!!!!!! I recognize the storefront and can't wait to come for pizza! Congratulations you two!

2:16 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Summer said...

Erm, I'm an idiot - BRANDON, not Brendan! Sorry; it was late, I was tired, and my ex's last name is Brendan, so I sort of typed that without thinking. ;)

2:28 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Brooke said...

Molly, Congratulations to you both! I'm so excited for you both. Now you've given me another reason to come to Seattle!

all the best!

2:29 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Joanna said...

Oh WOW! Congratulations and good luck! I can't wait to visit Seattle again and try the East Coast pizza in the Pacific Northwest. Hurray!

2:53 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger shayna said...

oh fantastic! congratulations to both of you. now yet another reason to visit seattle!

3:24 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Frances said...

Delurking here -- Wow, congratulations! I'm a huge fan of rustic neapolitan style pizza (who isn't), and just looking at your photos in this entry got my stomach rumbling.

If you haven't already, I'd highly, highly recommend a visit to Franny's on Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn while you're in New York. Based on what you've said about Brandon's restaurant, I think you'd really like it.

Cheers and happy Thanksgiving!

3:56 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

Hooray! What an amazing and exciting time in your lives.

4:24 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Karen said...

Very exciting... the best of luck to you both!

4:26 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Kate said...

I was JUST wondering what was going into that space! (It's around the corner from a friend's house.) Hooray for more neighborhood eats!

4:44 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats! how absolutely exciting :)! i keep pestering my fiance to take a trip with me up to seattle sometime so if and when that happens, we'll definitely be stopping by.

4:51 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Seattle needs more good pizza. We are lucky to live around the corner from Tutta Bella, but other than that and a few other places, there definitely is a dearth. I'll also look forward to all the vegetables. What a wonderful dream to be able to realize, good luck with all the work and craziness that must be involved in opening a restaurant. Love, sweet lime

4:54 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Karin said...

Wow, congrats! I'm not gonna lie, the first thing I thought was, "Great! When I get back to Seattle on breaks from college, I can eat there!" I'm looking forward to hearing how Brandon's project progresses :)

5:49 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do believe we are looking at 70th St NW - 1400 block? Google Street view shows the orange door. Orange door for Orangette! So, soon a full on food destination street with a few restaurants and a bakery, and almost around the corner from Lunchbox Lab too! Those Ballard High kids are way too lucky. And Columbia City is 30 full minutes away.
Best of luck,

6:12 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Stephanie said...


I'm looking forward to hearing more about this as it grows. So exciting.

6:45 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger LisaK said...

Congratulations, and I love that the timing of this coincides with my move back to Seattle after 6 years on the East Coast. I can't wait to check out the new restaurant!

7:45 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Magpie Ima said...

Congratulations and best of luck to you both. We'll have to look you up on our next Seattle visit!

8:00 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Oliver said...

I have been reading your blog for a couple years now, checking faithfully almost every day for updates, but I've never left a comment until now. Despite the fact that you are pretty much a complete stranger, I know that I will come to your restaurant once it opens and feel some sense of home. I can't wait to see how your collective creativity as husband and wife infuses the neighborhood through your gift of good food. Blessings in the upcoming challenges and triumphs!

8:25 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Molly, found your site by accident 12 months ago and fell in love with you both .. ok Jack stole my heart!!! But the wood burning pizza oven you borrowered from a friend topped the charts! My husband and I have been on a search for awesome pizza. We ate at Pizzeria Bianco in Arizona last May after reading many books on pizza. Our family ordered all 6 pies... we could hardly speak while we tasted the pizza and hope the best for you guys!! Also we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Cafe Lago at your suggestion! Thank you! First thing on my Christmas list is your book due out! Kimberly and John, Edmonds...also you inspired me to make homemade jam from all our blueberry bushes.

8:41 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Hungry Oyster said...

I guess this means my boyfriend and I will be making a roadtrip to Seattle soon? We've been meaning to go up there to go to our friend's new restaurant, too.

By the way, I too went all the way to Los Angeles to try to the pizza at Mozza--well worth the trip, too! II'm still drooling over the fennel-sausage pizza and the bread-crumb crusted brussel sprout gratin...mmmm!

I've never posted before, but I am a big fan of your writing. congratulations on the book and the restaurant, and best of luck to you guys!


8:51 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Pip and Tom said...

A huge congratulations to you both!

9:03 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous madrona said...

congratulations. it sounds like your husband has a superb storefront and a great set of mentors who can advise him for a successful venture.

as a new york transplant who moved to seattle a few years ago - i can definitely say this city needs some quality pizza!

best of luck - i can't wait for opening day next spring!

10:05 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger katy said...

thanks for the dolphin pic and thanks for sharing your exciting news.

Now I'm obsessed with identifying that door. Is is on 24th in Ballard? Next to the Tall Grass Bakery? hmmmm . . .Columbia City?

10:16 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger jodie said...

this is great.
can't wait for the book and for the restaurant to open so i can trek down seattle to check it out. i hope everything will go well!

10:56 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous Amy B. said...

De-lurking to say that I live in Seattle and can't wait to visit the new pizza place! So cool!!! Keep us posted on when and where!

11:18 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger beastmomma said...

Congratulions! That is very wonderful.

11:38 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Samarahuel said...

If ever I'm in Seattle (a road trip is already in the planning stages for a year and a half from now), I'm definitely coming to your place. Those pictures make me miss the stone-oven baked pizzas and calzones we had in Rome.I want to go back just for those!

My entrepreneurial spirit was sparked by a new restaurant discovery over here this weekend. It's called Lasoupe. They are open just for lunch and serve only soup. Yummy, delicious soup, with a little bread on the side and a cappuccino or tea if you want it. 10 choices, 2 sizes. The wheels are turning; I wonder if such a concept would fly in my hometown?

11:54 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Purple Flowers said...

Hi Molly: Congratultions to you and Brandon on your upcoming new adventure. When you look back from where you started, then met him, and now look where you both landed; it's a fate made in heaven. I'm very happy for you. I have cousin-in-laws who live in Seattle, and will tell them about the restuarant when it opens. Thinking about names would be fun!

12:14 AM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger lynette said...

How exciting! Have been lurking a long time but must come out of the woodwork to wish you both well! I will, most definitely, travel from Hood Rive to Seattle for this (and perhaps a chance to meet you!)

Hood River, OR

2:21 AM, November 26, 2008  
Anonymous Mel said...

Holy canoli! Belissima! Molly- That's great news. Congratulations to you and Brandon. I've always wanted to visit Seattle and now I'll have a must stop at restaurant on my list. My boyfriend and I absolutely love Italian food and always dreamed of opening a place of our own.

We've enjoyed some of the best pizza in Italy together, and will look forward to trying out Brandon's one day. All the best to you both over the next few months.

8:00 AM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Nurit from "1 Family. Friendly. Food." said...

Wow. How exciting. I can’t wait either – to see the before and after photos of the front of the restaurant, and to go and eat there!

8:07 AM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Cal said...

Wowee - congratulations. And good luck. Sounds like you're both planning to have fun with anyway.

8:11 AM, November 26, 2008  
Anonymous DC Julia said...

Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for years and this is my first comment. I am so excited for you and I will travel to Seattle as soon as you open to try it.

On another note: your brother ownes CEIBA???? Thats one of favorite places to eat in DC where I currently live. Can I meet him? Get a tour of the kitchen? You are so lucky! Drool drool...


8:55 AM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Mary Casper said...

By now I'm just one in the chorus, but man! Such apt timing for such a secret to be divulged. Best of luck and since people are all telling you where you Have To Eat your pizza in New York, I have one to add to the pile. My boyfriend eats pizza here, at Una Pizza Napoletana every year after the Five Boroughs bike tour of NYC with a crowd of healthy eaters (some with big bellies) from Philadelphia, one pie to a person...you get the idea. I've spent the bulk of our relationship just hearing about this place. I have a feeling it might prove an asset to your research.

happy thanksgiving,

9:11 AM, November 26, 2008  
Anonymous Alison said...

wow that is amazing! I am so excited for you two. Having read Orangette for hmmm, years now, I can say without actually knowing you guys at all that a restaurant sounds like a perfect undertaking, something you and Brandon will be great at. I wish I lived on your coast and could come for a meal when it opens. sigh. maybe someday.

9:58 AM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger alexandra's kitchen said...

that is so freakin awesome! i cannot wait to visit. thin-crust pizza is one of my favorite foods in the world. I grew up just outside of New Haven, CT. My husband and I now live in socal and made a roadtrip this summer that began in LA just so we could eat at Mozza. Then we drove up to San Fran where we ate more delicious food including a fabulous dinner at Zuni. If you and your husband ever find yourself on the East Coast in New Haven, CT, you must try out a pizza/brewery called Bar. My favorite pizza is the the white clam, but their specialty is mashed potato and bacon. Sounds odd, I know, but it is delicious. The pizzas come out of the oven in about five minutes. So good!

10:04 AM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Katie said...

Congratulations!! I adore your blog - I'm a regular reader on the east coast. So, even though I don't actually know you or Brandon, I feel so inspired by, and happy for, both of you! And, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, thank YOU for sharing so much with us. Looking forward to lots more Orangette, to your book and to the pizzeria!

10:35 AM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Lisa M. said...

This post made me weepy. What a wonderful world - I'm so very happy for one of the cutest couples I can read about.

10:53 AM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Margaux said...

Congratulations! That's incredibly exciting. I wish you all the luck in the world, and if I ever make it out to Seattle, I will definitely drop in.

11:30 AM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Jenna said...

Wow! Congrats, good luck. It's always exciting when people really decide to go for it and do what they love.

1:02 PM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger marie said...

wow!! this is really inspirational! im very excited for you both, and i cant wait to hear more :)

1:45 PM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Fil said...

Hey Molly,
You made my eyes leak. Again.
Félicitations mes chers.
Hugs from a trans-Atlantic stranger (it's your own fault for making us feel as though we know you)


1:56 PM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Erika said...

So brave! So inspiring! So happy for you both! Thanks for sharing your news.

3:35 PM, November 26, 2008  
Anonymous Keaton said...

Congrats Molly & Brandon! So happy for you two... and so eager to try Brandon's pizza!!

5:49 PM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Alina said...

Big congrats to you both! Your story is really inspiring...encourages me in my own pursuits!

7:36 PM, November 26, 2008  
Anonymous emily said...

happy thanksgiving molly! such exciting news. makes me wish i lived in your neighborhood.

7:56 PM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Lina said...

wow! How exciting! I wish If I ever visit Seattle, I will be visiting this restaurant for sure! Happy Thanksgiving!

9:03 PM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Lydia said...

Ooh exciting! I'm totally coming down from Vancouver (B.C.) to eat when you open!

10:43 PM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger theWeaselGenius said...

Hi Molly,
It's so cool that you are living your dreams,

I feel like quitting my job tomorrow and pursuing my art shop/paper dream!
Congratulations Jen

10:50 PM, November 26, 2008  
Anonymous Eric said...

Congratulations, and best of luck with the restaurant... and while I realize that financially, this is probably a poor time to add to the list of locations to try the pizza in... after a trip this summer I feel I need to let the pair of you know that you really must try the pizza in Slovenia... both Dvor in Ljubljana and "the pizza place around the lake, all the locals go there" in the small town of Bohinj make exquisite pies, and have utterly ruined Canadian pizza for me. As a bonus, if you do eventually, make the trip, the scenery and people are lovely, and between Slovenia and Croatia, there's more than enough material for a few weeks of eating very well.

11:23 PM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

Well, if his pizza is anything like Carla's, I hope your neighborhood is near mine. Will he do some cheeseless varieties? Congratulations.

1:19 AM, November 27, 2008  
Blogger Ai Lu said...

Great news! How exciting to be starting a restaurant together on top of all other things. And in case I forget, congratulations on seeing your book through to completion. I can't wait to buy it come March.

~Ai Lu

5:52 AM, November 27, 2008  
Blogger Astrid said...

oh wow! such exciting news! i'm really, truely very happy for you. and i really should come to seattle on day :-)

7:28 AM, November 27, 2008  
Blogger PheMom said...

Wow! That is so awesome! Congrats to you both!

7:50 AM, November 27, 2008  
Anonymous Annie said...

Congrats! That's so wonderful for you both! Can't wait for your cookbook!

8:41 AM, November 27, 2008  
Blogger Karen said...

I've never commented before, but I have been following your blog and making almost every recipe you suggest--and all have been wonderful. I feel, like so many other readers, I imagine, that I know you a little, and I am happy about Brandon's restaurant in a way that took me by surprise. Thanks for being a part of my week for the last year, and I look forward to your inspiration in the kitchen for weeks--maybe years--to come. If my husband and I are ever in Seattle, we'll look for the charming, inviting little pizza place I know is underneath that grubby storefront in the photo.

10:01 AM, November 27, 2008  
Anonymous Jamica said...

how exciting and much congratulations to the both of you...now i have more excuses to come visit Seattle!! hope your thanksgiving is/was full of celebration, relaxation, and good times with family and friends! can't wait to hear more about your adventures:)!!

8:33 AM, November 28, 2008  
Blogger Cheryl A said...

Here I thought you were going to tell us that you were pregnant. The restaurant will be a more demanding baby! I wish I lived in Seattle so I could go there at least once a week. A hearty congratulations and all the best as you get it going.

1:59 PM, November 28, 2008  
Anonymous noir artist said...

Perhaps a dolphin, but I only as see a shark. Imagination is a killer...

5:43 PM, November 28, 2008  
Anonymous gina said...

What a lovely blog you have. Happy Holidays!

8:10 PM, November 28, 2008  
Blogger Italian Country Cooking said...

Congratulations. Sounds exciting. I have exactly the same dream as Brandon and hope some day for it to happen. I go to Italy all the time and my friend Anna from La Vecchia Quercia uses her wood burning oven to make everything from roasted vegetables to cakes.
They do a vegetarin antipasta of roasted vegetables that is amazing.
Good luck to you both. You'll work hard, but you'll love it.



7:06 AM, November 29, 2008  
Blogger patchwork mommy said...

Good news! Although I think that your storefront is not in west seattle... we desperately need some wood-fired pizza here. I'll happily trek to another neighborhood for good pizza, though. Good luck to you both!

9:25 AM, November 29, 2008  
Blogger jen said...

congratulations! i'm sure it will be amazing.

10:44 AM, November 29, 2008  
Blogger UmberDove said...

Molly, Brandon, Congratulations!!!

That is SUCH fabulous (terrifying and exhilarating) news and such the perfect progression in your foodie lives.

AS SOON as you're ready, and all lights are a-go, let us Seattlites in on the address - we will form a LINE OUT THE DOOR and then go fill up Yelp and all the other with stunning reviews about your baby.

I can't wait!

11:07 AM, November 29, 2008  
Anonymous Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Congratulations! Many people stop at only dreaming, but you and Brandon make your dreams happen. Very admirable! :D I look forward to eating at Brandon's restaurant when we move to Seattle. (He will be willing to work with people who have food allergies, I hope?)

1:18 PM, November 29, 2008  
Anonymous Alexis said...

Congratulations! Pizza is my all-time favorite food. I can't wait to hear more about the restaurant and maybe come have a pie if I'm ever in Seattle!

1:41 PM, November 29, 2008  
Blogger Epicurean said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for both of you! I myself have a dream of opening my own place and hopefully someday I'd be brave enough to go through it!

5:07 PM, November 29, 2008  
Blogger Rita said...

Hi Molly
Love your blog, I am a silent reader... congrats on the restaurant, I moved to Seattle a year ago (and live very close tothe Boat Street Cafe), so when your restaurant is open I will be happy to visit!

5:59 PM, November 29, 2008  
Blogger Rachel Crouse said...

Congrats to both of you on the restaurant! I have a question for you if you have a second to answer. Would you be willing to share a few of your favorite restaurants in San Francisco? My fiance and I are honeymooning in San Francisco and I thought I might hit you up for a few suggestions. Thanks!

6:23 PM, November 29, 2008  
Blogger Katelyn said...

This is GREAT news, can't wait to bring all my friends. Everyone loves a pizza! Please keep us posted and Seattlest.com will make sure our readers know about the opening.

(PS any plans for a gluten-free crust option?)

6:32 PM, November 29, 2008  
Anonymous Informixx said...

Let me also greet you a warm Congratulations!!
Me too is excited for this one.. More power!

12:10 AM, November 30, 2008  
Blogger Midnight Muse said...

That sounds very exciting about the restaurant! I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog! I look forward to reading more

12:56 AM, November 30, 2008  
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7:41 AM, November 30, 2008  
Blogger Miss Kate said...

Congratulations! I hope his shop takes off! I miss Seattle and the good pizza I used to get at Hot Mama's in Capitol Hill on my way to a movie at the Egyptian.

I'm in Kansas now, so the next best thing will have to be eating Knolla's pizza in Wichita and keeping up on Brandon's new shop via your blog!

8:08 AM, November 30, 2008  

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