Former Book Bindery chef Shaun McCrain and his partner Jill Kinney, who was Book Bindery’s general manager, have announced plans to open Copine, a 60-seat restaurant with chef’s table and McCrain’s “style of refined cuisine as well as a higher-end daytime take-away concept.”
From Seattle Magazine
Back in June, I met up with Shaun McCrain shortly after he left Book Bindery (which is now Hommage) to talk about his next steps. He kept pretty quiet on details, but I could tell he had a specific vision in mind for his next chapter: a small intimate restaurant that he and his business (and life) partner Jill Kinney could be proud of, along with their regular customers. He mentioned a small 60 seat restaurant in a bustling neighborhood and not quite as remote as Book Bindery. He also talked about keeping his fine-dining wheels in motion, creating a menu perhaps a little more refined but comfortable enough that fellow cooks could come in and grab a meal and not feel underdressed and most importantly, “not feel that they’re getting ripped off.”
From Seattle Met Magazine
Earlier this year, chef Shaun McCrain left Book Bindery to pursue his own project. His former restaurant used the occasion to give itself a francophile makeover, but I've been wondering when we might hear more from the chef whose resume includes Masa, Michael Mina, and being on the opening team at Per Se.