who we are

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jason stoneburner

Jason Stoneburner is the chef of Bastille Café & Bar and chef/owner of Stoneburner, both located in Seattle’s historic Ballard neighborhood. He is dedicated to procuring products from small farms and thoughtfully sourcing ingredients. Jason is a proud supporter of the Special Olympics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, FareStart, and charities that encourage sustainable farming and agriculture. In his free time, Jason can be found somewhere along the West Coast surfing or snowboarding.


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Erik Carlson

Originally from Seattle, Erik Carlson spent a decade working at bars in San Francisco including the Clift Hotel and the Slanted Door before moving home in 2008 to open Moshi Moshi in Ballard. In 2011, he was hired as the Bar Manager at Bastille Café & Bar and at Stoneburner when it opened in 2013. Erik led the development of the cocktail and beer program at Stoneburner and currently manages the bars at Bastille, Stoneburner, and the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion event space atop Hotel Ballard. Erik has also consulted on the opening cocktail programs for additional bars in the Weimann Maclise Family of Restaurants including Poquitos, Macleod’s Scottish Pub, and Rhein Haus Seattle. Erik’s focus is on creating food-friendly cocktails with an emphasis on balance, farm-to-bar ingredients, and classic recipes. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and two daughters. 


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jonathan hardy

Jonathan Hardy has been an integral part of the Stoneburner leadership team since the restaurant opened in June 2013. In his current role, Jonathan provides mentorship to Stoneburner team members, creates a memorable and comfortable guest experience, and optimizes business operations. His motivation is to establish a positive culture within the Stoneburner team and Ballard community. Jonathan has been in a leadership role for more than 12 years, previously working for restaurant groups in Seattle and Oregon. He also brings a multicultural perspective to the table, having lived abroad in Manchester, England; Australia; Italy; and Borneo, before moving to Seattle in 2012. Jonathan enjoys a litany of activities including spending time with his love Amber, yoga, tennis, skiing, running, and traveling.


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james lechner, MS

Master Sommelier James Lechner has been involved with restaurants for over 25 years. In 2009, James developed the wine program and helped open Bastille in Ballard with Chef Jason Stoneburner, Deming Maclise, and James Weimann. He did the same in 2013, opening Stoneburner with business partners Maclise, Weimann and Chef Stoneburner. Lechner has traveled across the world to participate in various tastings and wine-related events. He sits on the Board of SommFoundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing educational opportunities to wine professionals.

Before his career in wine, Lechner earned a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Washington and an Economics degree from Villanova University. He is very active on the board the Ballard Alliance, and regularly contributes to various charitable organizations, including Auction of Washington Wines, Auction Napa Valley, JDRF Dream Gala, and others. James lives in Shoreline with his two children, August and Charlotte, and his wife, Rebecca. In between work and home, you can find him pushing the pedals of his road bike or hiking up Washington’s incredible peaks.


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elisabeth spring

Elisabeth Spring has been a part of the Stoneburner team since its inception in 2013. Spending her formative years in Spokane, Elisabeth pursued a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduation Elisabeth worked in Atlantic City, New Jersey to kickstart her career in restaurants & hotels. Elisabeth started her career in Seattle as Assistant Food & Beverage Director at the iconic Hotel Sorrento. From there she moved to the Bellevue Club, Columbia Hospitality, and oversaw the opening of the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, and oversaw event sales at the Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass. 

Elisabeth joined the Stoneburner and Bastille Team full time in October 2013 after serving as a consultant for a year. She built a robust event program for Stoneburner, The Olympic Rooftop Pavilion, and Bastille; planning over 250 events per year. Elisabeth plans all types of events, small intimate dinners or large weddings. 

Elisabeth resides in Kenmore with her husband Mike, and their two children Rudy & Mira. When she is not working she can be found shuttling her children to and from their activities, entertaining guests in her home, moving up the leaderboard on her Peloton, or reading a book with a glass of wine. 


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Deming maclise & james weimann

A Northern California native, Deming Maclise moved to Seattle after graduating from UC Davis to follow his passion for music. While a musician, Maclise became a barista to cover his cost of living, a decision that unlocked a passion for the coffee business. In 2002, he opened Caffè Fiore on Seattle’s Sunset Hill, the first certified organic coffee house in the city, now with four locations. 

James Weimann grew up in Wisconsin and started his career in the restaurant industry at the age of 15, as a dishwasher at the busiest restaurant in his hometown. He continued working in the industry while putting himself through college at the University of Illinois, as well as graduate school at Northwestern University, during which he worked at the Ritz-Carlton on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue. After several years pursuing a career as a professional opera singer, Weimann realized his true passion was becoming a restaurateur, and opened his first restaurant in Seattle in 1992. Weimann opened a number of restaurants in the area over the next decade, including Triangle Tavern, El Camino, Peso’s, the Ballroom, May’s Thai and Talarico’s. 

Deming and James first partnered to open Bastille Café & Bar in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in 2009. The success of that opening solidified their partnership, and the subsequent development of JWD4 Design, a consulting partnership that specializes on the design, layout and atmosphere development for restaurants, cafés, hotels, bars and breweries. Since then they have opened Poquitos, Macleod’s Fish & Chips and Scottish Pub, three Rhein Haus locations in Seattle, Denver and Tacoma as well as Stoneburner, Tavern Hall and Beer Star.  They have been hired to consult on various restaurant and brewery projects in the Seattle area.