Where’s the ‘newest hippest spot to be seen’ in Seattle’s club scene? According to Facebook group Party Propaganda, it’s Capitol Hill’s Chao Bistro:
Chao ThursdaysCapitol Hill has been known for it’s eclectic blend of restaurants, clubs, bars, and lounges, which creates an area of nightlife extraordinaire all its own in Seattle. We are happy to announce the addition of CHAO Bistro and Bar to the neighborhood. Brought to you by some of the same owners of Cow Girls Inc., Amber, and Venom. The owners of this newest hippest spot to be seen in have graciously allowed us to bring a musical experience like no other, to an already vibrant atmosphere.The Grand Opening will be kicked off Thursday January 21st at 9pm with Seattle’s Finest DJ’s with the likes of Sean Majors, Marty Mar, Josh Quest, Johnny Fever, Kippy, and Hawk. CHAO has the best Late Happy Hour food and drink specials in the city running from 11pm-1am. This will be an ongoing weekly social activity brought to you by Tommy Jones Entertainment, Premier Media Promotions, Elextrik Playground Crew, Turk Promotions, & National VIP.
Location: CHAO Bistro and BarStreet: 1200 E Pike StHow much: FreeMusic: Electro and HouseCrowd: late 20’s and 30’s
Think CHS might have been off the ball on this one. We just learned more about Chao in that promo ‘graph than we’ve reported in the four months since the place opened for business.
When we first met some of the owners, Chao was still called Chow — and they were squirrely and evasive about who they were and where they had come from. But the promotion above and this liquor license application notice clears up the players — a much more interesting bunch than we originally gave Chao, er, Chow credit for. We’ve listed the names either found on the liquor application or listed on Chao’s and the related businesses’ Washington state corporation filings:
- Tony Kang, YAMASHIRO’S, LLC aka Chao Bistro
- Julie Kang, Chao’s liquor license only
- Brian Ellis, YAMASHIRO’S, LLC aka Chao Bistro
- Shawna Ellis, Chao’s liquor license only
- David Tran, Chao’s liquor license only but see below for connections to the other businesses
- Wade Peterson, Chao’s liquor license, 2214 1ST AVE, LLC aka Amber, 421 1ST AVENUE SOUTH, LLC aka Cowgirls Inc.
Not listed above, but another important person in this circle is Cornelius Radan. He’s partners with Peterson in Amber and Cowgirls, Inc. He’s also listed as one of the ‘governing persons’ for 2218 WESTERN LLC, also known as Venom. While apparently not legally part of the Venom corporation — the Khanh Tran listed for the LLC is a Seattle lawyer but we don’t know if Khanh also goes by ‘David’ — David Tran has been linked to the club, along with Amber and, now, Chao.
It’s an interesting mix from the city’s other party-people neighborhoods of Pioneer Square and Belltown going on at Chao. With this ‘Grand Opening’ event, we’ll see how that mix plays out on Capitol Hill. Think they might want to drop the bistro part, though.