In a Thursday afternoon discovery at 414 Broadway E, it was revealed that things change. CHS visited the former home of the much-loved-but-financially-challenged Bailey Coy Books on Broadway to meet what has opened up in the old bookstore. Welcome Samurai Noodle. Oh, and, also Seattle Cigar & Tobacco.
It’s the third location for the Seattle Asian noodle concept restaurant. When CHS arrived around 3:30 PM, work was still underway to finish the restaurant and load in the ingredients and. By 6:30, diners had already settled in front of bowls of steaming ramen. The menu is here. Service hours are 10a-10:30p Monday-Wednesday, 10a-11:30p Thursday-Friday, 11a-11p Saturday and 11a-10:30p on Sunday.
When we first arrived in the afternoon and Samurai wasn’t quite ready for pictures, manager Nick pulled us inside Seattle Cigar & Tobacco. “We have premium cigars you find nowhere else in the area,” Nick said. But everybody has Swisher Sweets, we said, and Nick directed us to his “cedar-built” humidor walls. “Nobody keeps them in better conditions,” he said. He said the new smoke shop, open for about a month but celebrating a grand opening right now, is also “unmatched” in its hookah selection. Open at 10 every morning, the shop stays open until 9 Monday through Thursday, 10 on Friday and Saturday and 8 on Sundays.
And Bailey Coy stocked no hookahs.