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Wishing all our friends in France and of French ancestry here and around the world a happy Fête Nationale. America owes so much of its beginnings to the aid and friendship of the French, an alliance that continues to today. Seattle Center held its own Bastille Day celebration complete with Bal des Pompiers, and many French restaurants and cultural enclaves around town are hosting festivities and special menus. This is the window of Ballard Avenue's newly opened Bastille Cafe & Bar, and judging from the happy faces of diners within, it is being well received. With a staff like the one Bastille has assembled, people who have been with Campagne, How to Cook A Wolf, The French Laundry (Yountville, CA), Union, Stars and more. . .and a rooftop garden where they grow their own greens, a gorgeous, comfortable, welcoming interior (yesterday's photo) and spacious patio dining, it is no wonder it is off to a great start.