Chef John David Crow, the Seattle transplant who helped reinvent the former Grape wine bar into the popular 360 Bistro, is no longer with the restaurant after departing suddenly last week.
Crow teamed up with owners Nick Jacobson and Joe Gordy in late 2007 as the pair were orchestrating a transformation from wine bar to fine dining. Crow, who moved to Nashville to help launch the erstwhile Wildwood Oak-Fired Kitchen in Bellevue, unveiled a menu of Pacific Northwest flavors, which earned 360 the title of Best Reinvention of a Restaurant in the Scene's 2008 Best Of issue. The often-changing roster, top-heavy with appetizers, has become a local culinary darling, beloved as much for its exotic items--think frog legs and pheasant--as for its sturdy Burger Royale.
The 360 team has not named a replacement yet, but Jacobson says they plan to make an announcement later this week.