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Northwest's Le Vieux Set to Open December 29

The menu is up, the staff is hired, and the date is set for Le Vieux's opening — December 29.

Transplant chefs Annette Yang and Brian Leitner have transformed the old Noisette space from formal dining room to cozy dinner house. There's even a big wood oven on the deck outside. And they're just about ready to open their doors.

The seasonal, rotating menus are semi-themed, ambling through various Old World Mediterranean cuisines. Their opening menu has a Moroccan bent, with lamb tagine, grilled hangar steak with harissa, and roasted beet salad with cinnamon and yogurt. After a while, they'll switch to the next winter menu, which right now features a French focus, with dishes like pot au feu, cassoulet, and braised leeks.

The first dinner service kicks off on Monday Dec. 29. They'll be closed Tuesday Dec. 30, since that's usually their day off. Then they'll be back open on Wednesday, even though it's New Year's Eve. "There won't be live music or anything like that," says Yang. "Just being open for business is exciting enough for us right now!"

If you want to book a table, you'll have to cool your heels a bit. They're hoping to be ready to take reservations online or by phone on December 23.

Le Vieux (opening December 29): 1937 NW 23rd Pl.

Hours: Dinner Monday-Thursday 5 p.m. to close, and Friday-Sunday 4 p.m. to close; Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Tuesdays