Artisanal in Bellevue Closed

Brasserie Artisanal Bellevue, WAArtisanal Wine Bar & Brasserie, the Bellevue, WA outpost of Terrance Brennan's NYC restaurant empire, has closed according to its website. Artisanal opened with much fanfare but never seemed to gather momentum after receiving mixed reviews for its food. The restaurant may have been doomed, in part, by the tanking condo market which had a huge impact on The Bravern, a mixed use mall/condo complex in which Artisanal is/was located. The whole site seemed eerily empty when I visited recently. While Artisanal did have an ambitious cheese counter and enthusiastic cheesemongers, this closure is ultimately not really about the cheese. update: more details from Nancy Leson of the Seattle Times here.