Seattle restaurant unrest: a shutdown, a turnover, a ‘pivot,’ and a chef change

A replacement of a replacement in Pioneer Square can’t make it, while nearby, another restaurant space gets its second try. Also: the downfall of a high concept, and an abrupt chef change-up.

Mike Easton’s Il Corvo Pasta Studio in Pioneer Square has closed after less than a year. His lauded Il Corvo is still serving (fantastic) pasta, but his second Pioneer Square space has proved difficult. He opened Pizzeria Gabbiano in 2014, but despite its excellent pizza, the numbers just weren’t there, and it closed last March. Now the replacement — the Pasta Studio, a retail spot for his handmade pastas and sauces — has followed suit. Easton says that Pioneer Square “is a funny place — you can be one block off the beaten path, and traffic will be zilch.” (On Facebook, his postmortem was “All this talk about people having a ‘shower beer’ — after moving restaurant…

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