Chef Jimmy Phillips and his wife Seema have finally begun construction on a restaurant of their own in Sylvan Park. After months of staring at the space that formerly housed the landmark Johnson's Meat Market and subsequently the short-lived The Cottage Gate, the couple have started renovating the space to house Miel, a classic-style bistro with indoor and outdoor seating.
For the last four years, while they've searched for the right restaurant spot, Jimmy has worked as a private chef and Seema has sold real estate and worked in the wine industry. When Miel (French for honey) opens this summer, Seattle transplant Seema will oversee the front of the house and the wine list, while Nashville native Jimmy will man the kitchen. With a résumé that includes Charlie Trotter's in Chicago and Wild Boar in Nashville, Phillips will serve a repertoire of bistro classics, with a focus on fresh meats and fish served with traditional sauces and stocks.
Located at 343 53rd Ave., just behind Bobbie's Dairy Dip, Miel will serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday and will introduce brunch in the fall.