When you first walk into The Kitchen, it’s like stepping into the future.
It’s the kitchen you’ve always wanted, the kitchen that has never been.
It’s a small place tucked away in the corner of a residential neighborhood that has been around for almost 100 years.
It was originally designed by Charles and Louisa Biondo and is a small, family-run kitchen that features a granite countertop, kitchen decor, and a fireplace.
Owner and chef Matt Schulz has been cooking and serving food since he was in high school, and he says it’s been a constant goal to keep up with the current craze in Seattle.
“I’m not just an engineer, I’m a chef,” Schulz says.
“It’s the way I want to serve food.
We are always looking to innovate and to grow.”
The kitchen’s name comes from the name of the Biondos’ house.
In the beginning, Matt and his brother were in a business partnership, but the business was shut down in 1992 when they both lost their jobs.
After years of searching for a new kitchen to open up, they were able to land a location in the area, and the rest is history.
“There are a lot of places where you can buy a house, but if you can’t get a kitchen, there’s no reason to,” Schul says.
So the Schulz brothers wanted to open a kitchen that could be open to the public.
They’ve always had a garage-style kitchen in the basement that they remodeled to a full-fledged kitchen in 2018.
They’re currently working on their next kitchen renovation, and they hope to open the kitchen to the community in time for Halloween.
It all started with a simple dream.
Matt and his siblings had always wanted to be able to eat their meals in the kitchen, and it was just something that didn’t exist.
Matt had a hard time finding places to serve lunch and dinner and thought he’d be better off starting his own restaurant.
The idea of opening a restaurant on a whim just struck him.
“It was kind of a big deal, but I knew it was something I wanted to do,” he says.
He started working on the kitchen renovation when he was just a kid and had a friend come up to him and say, ‘You can’t be the first person to open this kitchen, you need to do it.’
“The renovation project began with a few simple steps: Matt was given the budget to renovate his kitchen, which he did.
He then built a kitchen counter, a countertop and cabinets to hold the equipment, and installed all of the plumbing.
It wasn’t until he had it finished that Matt realized he could actually turn it into a full kitchen.
He and his family have always had an affinity for food and it always feels right to make something fun and fun to eat.
So, Matt says, “We wanted to bring that into our kitchen and turn it to fun and make it fun to walk in.”
The first night Matt opened the kitchen for the first time, he was so overwhelmed by the reception he got.
He was surprised by how many people came in, but also how excited he was about the reaction.”
A month after opening the kitchen on Halloween, Matt opened his second kitchen. “
But I think it’s good for us to open now because we’ve got a lot to learn.”
A month after opening the kitchen on Halloween, Matt opened his second kitchen.
Now, the Schul family has been working to open more kitchens, including one that will open this year.
The kitchen renovations will be completed over the course of two weeks.
“We wanted the kitchen renovations to be more than just a kitchen,” Matt says.
“The kitchen has always been about bringing our family together.”
For more stories like this, visit the The Seattle Times’ food & wine blog, the Kitchen:A Place for Families.