As suspected yesterday, Brasa's gone forever.

Chef/owner Tamara Murphy writes, "Yes, these are trying times. Probably some of the most difficult I have been through. But I will get through it." The official announcement (full version after the jump) looks to the future, too:

I look forward to building Terra Plata [the restaurant that was set to open in the Melrose Project, now back to the planning stage], the new Elliott Bay Café opening on Capitol Hill in a couple of weeks, an event space in Pioneer Square adjacent to my cafe ( aka the former Reading Room of the Elliott Bay Book Company), and my first book TENDER to be released this summer.

That's exciting about the new Elliott Bay Cafe—under Murphy's direction, the original in Pioneer Square, which hadn't been even close to good for approximately six years, became pretty damn great. Watch out, Oddfellows Cafe.

(The original Elliott Bay Cafe is staying open, which is a good thing. And hey, lookee—in other Pioneer Square news, the neighborhood has been officially designated Seattle's Sandwich District!)


After more than a decade Brasa restaurant has reached the end of their lease and Bryan and Tamara are closing one chapter of their life together and looking forward to new ventures. “We have loved our time with Brasa, and we have had an awesome run. There are simply too many people to say thank you too, and so many incredible experiences to recount. We are grateful to all our staff, investors, family and friends. You have made the experience, unforgettable.”

For over a decade Brasa has been privelaged to serve our community in unique ways and we have been blessed with the support of our community in return. Brasa’s landlord’s Samis and Land have been supportive every step of the way and we could not have asked for a better partnership. Brasa created a community that brought strangers together, who became long lasting friends. We were the venue for celebrations large and small, contributing in many ways to the greater good of the surrounding community through raising many dollars for charity. Friends were made here and lives were changed. Our lives became richer and fuller. So many good chefs came from Brasa to go on and have their own restaurants.

Although an end of an era, it is also the beginning of a new one, for Tamara and Bryan. There are many exciting opportunities in the works. I look forward to building Terra Plata, the new Elliott Bay Café opening on Capitol Hill in a couple of weeks, an event space in Pioneer Square adjacent to my cafe ( aka the former Reading Room of the Elliott Bay Book Company) and my first book TENDER to be released this summer.

Bryan and I are eternally grateful to those that have graced our tables, supported our causes, and have made Brasa the institution that it has become.

To all of our talented cooks, bartenders, waiters, hosts, bussers and dishwashers that have become a part of our Brasa family, and to our customers, our friends and our supporters…you have enhanced our lives for more than a decade and we want to say Thank You for the journey.

Tamara and Bryan