at home & in the kitchen with
AT HOME AND IN THE KITCHEN WITH JEREMY PRICE
Co-Owner of 'The Walrus & The Carpenter' and 'The Whale Wins,' Seattle
Less than five years ago, Jeremy spent his days working at a biotech company, surrounded mostly by co-workers nearly twice his age. As respite from the stodgy office, he moonlighted a few nights a week as a busser and bartender at Seattle's Boat Street Kitchen. But when Chef Renee Erickson learned of his carpentry and woodworking skills, she put him to work building new banquettes. The two hit it off, and Jeremy humbly (but somewhat jokingly) mentioned that he'd love to work with her on any future projects. A few months later, she unexpectedly called his bluff.
Renee was opening a new restaurant and needed a right hand. To Jeremy's delight and surprise, she enlisted him as her business partner, to design the space and run its operations. With the help of a third partner and property developer Chad Dale, the team drafted plans for remodeling the old marine casting factory, while Jeremy built all of its tables, bookcases and banquettes by hand. Soon after, 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' had become one of Bon Appetit's '10 Best New Restaurants' and Seattle's hands-down favorite place for oysters on the half shell (a claim not taken lightly in the Puget Sound).
When we visited the restaurant this past fall, a line extended down its long hallway well before the start of 4pm Happy Hour. But once the doors open, the energy never dwindles, as restaurant-goers clamor for a seat in the cozy, forty-seat establishment.
The mood deviates from a traditional oyster bar, as patrons enjoy shellfish with a humble bottle of Rainier (Seattle's preferred, but modest ale), while jamming to early 90s R&B tunes. The restaurant's more casual vibe extends to its choice furnishings - undoubtedly tasteful and unique, but "nothing too precious," says Jeremy.
The Walrus' success has allowed the partners to open an adjacent bar called Barnacle, along with a second restaurant, The Whale Wins. Between the two restaurants, the new bar and a food truck, it goes without saying that Jeremy is kept sufficiently busy.
As relief from the the restaurant's bustle, Jeremy retires to a calm and intentionally sparse apartment. "Things at work are so crazy, that it's nice for my home to be a place for my eyes to breathe and relax," he says. But despite its restraint, the home maintains a definite warmth and comfort, thanks largely to the inclusion of dark wood and other natural textures. While Jeremy's home offers refuge from a hectic work life, he still keeps subtle reminders of the job close by, like the sculpture of a whale (an assumed ode to The Whale Wins) centrally placed on his coffee table.
Take a look into Jeremy's exciting, new life as a restauranteur with tours of his two restaurants and of his beautifully restrained home.