Seattle’s oldest houses become home to San Fermo, an inviting Italian restaurant

Sep 05, 2016 746

By Providence Cicero

Opening a restaurant is never easy, but the owners of San Fermo cleared historic hurdles in renovating The Pioneer Houses to create an inviting, unpretentious neighborhood Italian restaurant.

Erected in the 1850s, the twin, two-story structures are believed to be Seattle's oldest, intact residential properties. Thirty years ago, they were relocated from the Chinatown International District to Ballard. Two years ago, restaurateurs Jeff Ofelt and Wade Weigel purchased the property and developed the concept along with restaurant consultant Tim Baker and Scott Shapiro, a co-developer of Melrose Market.

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