Ethan Stowell to open Victor Tavern in Edmonds’ Main Street Commons

Ethan Stowell and Mike McMurray

Main Street Commons owner Mike McMurray announced Saturday that after about six months of negotiations, he has signed a lease with Ethan Stowell Restaurants to occupy anchor space at the downtown Edmonds development.

Stowell owns numerous restaurants in the Seattle area, including How to Cook a Wolf in Madison Park and Queen Anne.

According to McMurray, the concept will be The Victor Tavern, which will fully utilize the Commons’ mezzanine game room.

Stowell operates two other Victor Tavern restaurants, in South Lake Union and downtown Seattle.

Menu items will include prime rib and smash burgers, along with a possible brunch menu on weekends.

“It’s a very large space of nearly 7,000 square feet, and I wanted to be certain an operator with as much experience and local flare could deliver the best for Edmonds,” McMurray said. “Ethan has a great reputation of supporting local communities that his restaurants operate in.”

The Main Street Commons is expected to open in mid-2023. You can read more about the building’s development and other tenants in our earlier story here.

  1. Mmm. . . . A Vegan tavern? Since beer is essentially grain, water and hops, I think that works. On the other hand, celery sticks stuffed with Hummus, doesn’t exactly scream – “paired with a nice 6% amber ale.” Pass the chicken livers wrapped in bacon, please.

  2. I work and play in Edmonds and would appreciate great portobello burger and some other creative veggie dishes.

  3. You gonna find me that pin ball machine?? Fun House, remember?? Hope it all goes well and I am happy you were able to recognize those dreams of coming back and doing exactly what you are.

  4. I agree with others about Vegetarian and Vegan options. This town is filled with meat laden restaurants. We need more non-carnivore options, seriously! Maybe instead of opening 2 new pizza joints within a couple of blocks of, guess what, a pizza joint, someone could open a nice place that could cater to those of us, and there are a lot us, that don’t eat meat.

  5. Is that RCA Victor, or pre-RCA just plain Victor? Will there be phonographs?

    (We used to dine at Victor’s in Philadelphia, where in the early days of recording, Victor Talking Machine Company engineers used to pay for dinner with records, and even unreleased “takes.” Victor’s had an enormous opera-centered record collection, Mario Lanza was known to sing there, and there was a chair with a rope around it, reputed to have been Caruso’s. You ordered your dinner, perhaps made a request or two, and ate listening to records of the 78 rpm era, some quite rare.)

  6. I am ashamed by you people in these comments. Why are you attacking this business owner for his menu? Clearly he has found a business model that works, and it does not include a solely plant and vegetable-based menu. Why don’t you attack all of the “home goods” stores because they sell too many pillows and not enough nails? Why don’t you attack the coffee shops for not having lending libraries? Maybe instead of littering this comments thread with your negativity you could open a “Vegan” restaurant of your own. Let me know how that works!

    1. Amen. Not sure a vegan-focused place would work in Edmonds anyway. If it did, why hasn’t someone done it yet?

  7. Totally agree with you on this one Janice. If a couple hundred people go in there and tell the owner they are leaving because he doesn’t serve tofu burgers, you will soon see tofu burgers on the menu; if he thinks he’s losing money. He’s mostly going to serve what the majority of his customers want to eat and what he likes to cook, end of story.

    1. Gotta Love the Bottom Line! I totally agree with Clinton and Janice. Their comments are perfect. I am not Vegan. I enjoy Beef, Seafood and lots of vegetables and fruit and greens. I eat very little sugar. For me food is fuel. When I go out to eat I like to have something more. Tofu would not be it at all. Good Luck with your new business and all of the new businesses going into the Commons.

  8. The Victor Tavern in Seattle has this on their menu:

    Veg Head Burger ($12)
    beyond burger, avocado, lettuce, tomato, mama lil’s peppers, onion, secret sauce, aged cheddar, fries

    And without the cheese, depending upon what’s in the secret sauce, it could be vegan.

    I agree with Nathaniel. Keep your nasty comments about others’ food choices to yourselves.

  9. If there were sufficient demand, there’d be a vegan restaurant. There isn’t yet. Capitalism works.

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