Intercontinental Bellevue at the Avenue_ Building exterior 1
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Two restaurants have pulled out of Avenue Bellevue, a two-tower destination featuring luxurious condos, retail, and dining. Michelin-starred Chef Masaharu Morimoto and James Beard nominee Robbie Felice, have both dropped out of the project, as confirmed by Montclair Hospitality Group. The news was first reported by Puget Sound Business Journal. The restaurants would have been located within InterContinental Bellevue at The Avenue.

Chef Morimoto had been planning to open a world-class Asian fusion restaurant inspired by the culinary traditions of Morimoto’s native Japan. The space would have been 11,000 square feet, inclusive of a wine tasting room, grand staircase, lounge area with DJ booth, and private dining spaces.

PastaRamen was opening at InterContinental Bellevue at The Avenue by Chef Robbie Felice. The concept was an Italian ramen shop, which would combine Japanese and Italian culture and cuisine. It was to be the first of its kind.

The Avenue Bellevue website only features four food & beverage retailers on their website, Ce La Vi Bellevue, Forté Chocolate, Salt & Straw, and Telefèric Barcelona. The site still features Michelin-starred Chef Joshua Skenes, who is planning to open a sea-life-focused restaurant.

Intercontinental Bellevue recently confirmed that its opening has been delayed once again. Reservations cannot be made until June 15th. This updated news comes two months after it was announced that the luxury hotel was delaying its opening until April 15th.

The hotel is located on the corner of Northeast 8th Street and Bellevue Way. The upcoming opening will be InterContinental’s first domestic opening since 2017. The destination spot is the first of its kind to open in the Pacific Northwest.


  1. Disappointed but not surprised at all. As a Bellevue resident and IHG Elite member, I was excited for this property. Besides this project, the road right outside the hotel building needs to be repaired as well.

  2. The buildings are unattractive. Too expensive in this economy. Saw this coming.

  3. Would be a great spot for Nobu if they could swing it.

  4. Despite the fallout of reputed Culinary individuals
    and the opening pushed back to June,,the Hotel will be well received in Bellevue and will be first class operations .

  5. I don’t see how it’s the same experience without the marquee restaurants. I hope they find some other Michelin chefs to come in.

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