Owners of 520 Bar & Grill Open Swanky New Bar and Restaurant in the Heart of Bellevue
It’s 5:30 a.m., Joseph and Randi Brazen are headed out the door to take their favorite yoga class to kick start their day. This has been a tradition for them for the past 10 years—it is a place where they find their peace, strength and collect their thoughts. The Brazens were both gifted the entrepreneurial spirit and moved from California to Seattle in the early ’90s to raise their children and soon started Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty. Shortly after, the two decided to open a now Eastside staple, 520 Bar & Grill. These milestones were great practice for yet another calling on the Brazen’s bucket list, Central Bar + Restaurant.
This dynamic duo has been married for 32 years, and they have three businesses and three beautiful daughters to show for it. Their daughters, Cody, Joey and Taylor Brazen, all happen to share their parents’ strong work ethic and unwavering determination. After the Brazen girls graduated from the University of Washington, they all went their separate ways for a couple of years before finding themselves back in Bellevue and ready to help their parents with the family businesses. Cody is the director of operations at Central, Joey helps manage 520 Bar & Grill and Taylor is a vice president and licensed broker at Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty.
“To have all of my girls in the same area and working alongside Joseph and I is truly a dream come true. We are very blessed,” Randi says.
Central received its name simply because of its coveted location in the heart of downtown Bellevue, nestled between two prestigious hotels, The W and The Westin. This soon-to-be crowd pleaser will encompass Bellevue’s effortless glamour and refined style.
Joseph “hopes this will be people’s ‘third spot,’ somewhere they can go after work but before home. A place where locals can unwind and take in all the area has to offer.”
This new bar and restaurant will have a more upscale, moody vibe compared to the Brazen’s family-friendly restaurant, 520 Bar & Grill. Central will be donned with only the finest leather seating, plush booths and decor. You will also be able to lust after a one-of-a-kind piece that the Brazens purchased from the Bellevue Arts Museum specifically for Central.
More important than the ambiance and décor are the food and libations, of course. Central has hired a talented female head chef to cover the kitchen and offers an array of alcoholic and nonalcoholic options. Speaking of beverages, the bar is one of the most beautiful assets to Central and truly completes the entire dining experience, leaving guests dazzled.
Come fall, Central will be at the top of many local’s must-try lists and that is exactly what Randi hopes for.
“I want it to be iconic and legendary—a place where locals want to go” Randi, who is full of passion and anticipation for her project to finally be coming to fruition for all to witness and enjoy, says.
With finishing touches coming together, and tireless hours being spent collaborating with contractors, designers and staff, it’s almost time to introduce the Eastside to Central. The Brazens hosted a VIP opening party in late September with the first few days of October serving as a soft opening before its October 5 opening date. Grab your friends, spouses or co-workers and flee to Sixth Street to see what the hype is all about—you will not be disappointed.
Central Bar + Restaurant is located at 10475 NE Sixth Street, Bellevue. For more information, visit CentralBar.com.