Seattle restaurants finding success in tiny spaces

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When Vinnie’s Raw Bar opened this week in the hallway-like space between Chris and Anu Elford’s spacious, much-acclaimed two-year-old sibling bars Navy Strength and No Anchor, it followed a trend among recent restaurant openings in Seattle: smaller spaces activated by passionate restaurateurs with super personal concepts, thriving on face-to-face interaction.

“We want to meet our neighbors,” says Chris Elford. The bar has about 10 seats, and there are another 20 at the tables—including some all-ages seating, the first time they have had that in any of their establishments. Previously, they’d tried to use the space as a coffee and juice bar, but it has been empty since that closed late last year.

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