Seattle foodies are pretty darned hyped up about changes coming to 15th Ave. The Wandering Goose and Rione XIII should be exciting additions. But not all of the businesses and merchants in this part of Capitol Hill get as much of the limelight as some of the more media savvy players. CHS doesn’t need a press release to come knocking. Here are details on two closures and two openings that have also brought change to Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave food and drink landscape.
Teapot Vegetarian House closed its doors to focus on its Redmond location, which was doing considerably more business than the Seattle location, CHS was told. Moving into the vacated space is Bamboo, the new restaurant from Thanh Le, who brought Pho 900 to Capitol Hill before it closed its doors to make way for the 230 Broadway development last year.
According to Le, the menu at Bamboo will be very similar to Pho 900.
“We will specialize in vegetarian Pho, veggie pho, just a lot more vegetarian dishes,” he said. “The people of Capitol Hill have shown over the years how much they love vegetables, and really fresh ingredients, so we will be focusing more on that.”
Le said that one of his goals is to make Bamboo overall a better dining experience than Pho 900.
“After 2 years at Pho 900, we learned a lot more stuff. We learned how to make better food, we learned how to make more food, and we are going to show that at Bamboo,” he said. “People can expect to see more dishes offered here than at Pho 900.”
Le is currently renovating the former Teapot Vegetarian House space — exposed drywall and upturned floor tiles currently dot the area. Le expects Bamboo to open sometime in the middle of July.
Samui Thai also closed its doors earlier this month. In its place, Ian Visedsuk opened newcomer The Patio, also a Thai restaurant. Visedsuk owns Sea Thai in Wallingford and saw the space opening up on Capitol Hill as a chance to expand.
According to Visedsuk, the owners of Samui Thai had told him that working hours upon hours, seven days a week in the kitchen had driven them to close their doors out of exhaustion. “They really wanted to just take a break, take a vacation,” Visedsuk said, “it just got too hard to keep things going. So I decided to open The Patio in the space.”
The Patio specializes in noodle dishes, specifically their take on Phad Kee Mao, made with chili, bell peppers, onion, tomato, Chinese broccoli, and sweet basil.
According to Visedsuk, regulars from Samui Thai have come to The Patio and had positive reactions thus far. “We hope things spread by word of mouth,” Visedsuk said, “next month we will be expanding our menu and we hope people will come in for that.”
The Patio’s expanded menu will include more specialty dishes, a variety of new duck dishes, seafood curry, and a unique thai take on “New York Beef,” that Visedsuk is currently working on.