Mollusk’s part-owner and chef Travis Kukull is stepping away from the kitchen at this South Lake Union restaurant after seven and a half months. His departure is a sad one for the chef, as his style of cuisine didn’t really take with local residents. Although Mollusk itself will stay open, Travis is moving on to practice his skills elsewhere.
“The neighborhood has proved difficult for my style of cuisine,” he told the Seattle Times. Although he had a few loyal regulars who loved his unique take on bar food, the people moving to the area were not drawn to the menu. So, Kukull is listening to the neighborhood and applying his style of cuisine to other projects to allow Mollusk’s menu to become more conventionally brew-pub style.
Travis’ last day as chef at Mollusk was Tuesday, June 21st. For the summer, he is cooking at Hotel Hälsingland in Haines, Alaska, but he hopes to return to the Seattle area again in October. “Thanks to all who supported my weird food,” Kukull says, in parting. “I love you all.”
Kukull’s move comes just a few months after Mollusk dropped lunch service. According to Seattle Eater, that change was due to a lake of traffic (the same reason provided when the restaurant reinstated tipping in April of this year).
Featured photo source: SeattleTimes.com, credit to Dean Rutz.