5 YEARS and counting!

5 years ago, Pearl Bar & Dining opened its doors to the community of Bellevue.

What a difference 5 years can make:

Bellevue’s population has grown from 118,000 residents to nearly 140,000

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Facebook has increased it’s users from 100 million to 1.19 billion

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and…Miley Cyrus was ONLY famous for being Hannah Montana

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But one thing remains the same – Pearl has consistently delivered the best of what we have to offer. We work with the freshest product in fun and innovative ways. The servers welcome guests with a genuine smile and remember your name and favorite drink. The chefs work hard to execute each dish perfectly.

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We have fun sharing recipes, coordinating exciting events and working hard with our spectacular vendors. The one thing that isn’t highlighted as much as it should be, is the biggest thank you of them all – so thank you to Bradley Dickinson and Mikel Rogers. They took a chance on their own restaurant 5 years ago. Today, Pearl has an incredible reputation and they have a sister restaurant, Koral Bar & Kitchen to be proud of, as well. It’s easy to see Bradley working on the line and say, “Wow, that was an incredible sablefish dish!” or watch Mikel greet every guest and even help bus tables in the restaurant when needed. However, they do so much more than what can be seen everyday. This job for them doesn’t end at the end of the day. There are always creative ideas, special products and new vintages of wine to be discovered. As a team, we cannot thank you enough for all your diligent hard work. Looking forward to many more years!

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The Eleanor Henry Reed Guild benefit La Fête Pearl

On February 28, Bradley & Mikel’s Pearl Bar & Dining hosted The Eleanor Henry Reed Guild benefit La Fête Pearl, which raised $38,000 for Seattle Children’s Uncompensated Care Fund. Photos are courtesy of George Foster © 2010

Caroline Corr, Michele Smith, and Kim Daugs of The Eleanor Henry Reed Guild

The women of The Eleanor Henry Reed Guild at Bradley & Mikel’s Pearl Bar & Dining

Executive Chef and Co-Owner Bradley Dickinson, Kim Daugs, Laurie Blattner, and Marlee Anderson of The Eleanor Henry Reed Guild, and Pearl Co-Owner Mikel Rogers.

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Two wonderful members of the Pearl Bar & Dining team

Get to Know Mikel Rogers

Mikel Rogers, Co-owner

Mikel Rogers is the co-owner of Pearl Bar and Dining. Mikel and Bradley worked together for many years in the restaurant industry before collaborating to open Pearl. Keep reading for the inside story on how Pearl came to be and a little inside peek into the personal life of Mikel:

“My vision for Pearl – urban, contemporary northwest, local, local, local – is pretty bang on and I think the most surprising piece is how the staff has embraced and embodies what Pearl needs to be – an independently owned and operated restaurant amongst a sea of chain restaurants. Bellevue is not what Bellevue was 5 years ago – we get it.  The people get it – those that live and work here.  There used to be a sense that if you wanted to eat you stayed in Bellevue to feed yourself, but if you wanted to dine you HAD to go to Seattle; I was probably the biggest advocate of that mentality seeing how BC (before children) I lived and worked almost exclusively downtown…not true anymore…

 

Finding a place where you can eat out with children can be difficult, even in Bellevue. Eating out is always a challenge.  With families at Pearl we like to say ’we love kids, but we love kids to leave’.  Let me explain.  Based on personal experience, once you sit down at a table in restaurant with young kids, the clock is ticking!  As a parent, I become very aware of what is happening around me and my family and how we are impacting other diners.  The clock is ticking for us, not the kids – so let us slow the restaurant down – nothing worse than kids that are done and we are waiting for entrees or the check or to just get the hell out!  My wife, Kelly, and I do enjoy a nice glass of wine and so we look to restaurants that can take care of our needs and the kids.  That being said, my middle girl loves calamari, my oldest loves the stinky-est cheese that is on the menu, and my youngest is a fresh fruit fan with discerning taste for ‘fresh’ (the berries need to taste like fresh juice!) Since opening Pearl, we are very aware of the small guys and support them when we can.  Restaurants my family likes to dine at include Matt’s Rotisserie in Redmond, Issaquah Brew House and Sip.

 

My free time is committed to spending as much time with my wife and kids as I can, usually Sunday afternoons.  We like to do day trips/hikes to places like Cougar Mountain, Snoqualmie Falls, Snoqualmie Pass, and Marymoor Park and spend time in the neighborhood with friends. We live in South Cove which is a community on the south end of Lake Sammamish, near Lake Sammamish Park in Issaquah.  My kids are relatively young, (eight, seven, and four), so we are always looking for things that are age appropriate.  We also like to cook around the house.  The kids are all developing cooking and knife skills. Again, age appropriate.

 

I think Pearl stands out because of the wine selection and great cocktails. At Pearl, I am a fan of the Crater Lake Vodka Martini and I keep the bartenders guessing (olives or twist, up or rocks…). I also enjoy white wine, O Chardonnay, I love the back story and the fact that it is a Washington wine with a hint of oak.  Red wine favorites include: Kennedy Shah, Temparnillo, Dussek Syrah, Lachini Pinot Noir, and Efteste Final Final… I like red wine…”