Chop Suey upping food game with help from LA sibling The Escondite

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When CHS first learned about the Skid Row club owners and LA musician taking over the Chop Suey, we wondered if they were bringing the food component of their Southern California club business with them to Seattle.

E. Madison at 14th’s Chop Suey re-opened in early 2015 with a new look and new dedication to live music and booze. Plans are to end the year with a new take on the club’s food.

Co-owner Brianna Rettig tells CHS that a food operation from her partners’ Los Angeles club The Escondite is taking over the Chop Suey kitchen.

Rettig said the plan is to do things “food truck” style with ordering at a counter window inside the Chop. Hours are still being worked out but the owners are “shooting to have It open” for happy hours and late night food service by the new year, Rettig said.

“The Escondite means hideout, so the idea of having a hidden gem where you can get good food inside a rock club, only seemed fitting,” Rettig writes.

Rettig, Erin Carnes and Brian Houck took over the Chop Suey as its Tokyo-based ownership bailed on Capitol Hill’s live music scene. The club has continued to feature a robust calendar of live acts and has, so far, kept the focus on music and nightlife over burgers or brunch.

The new restaurant plans don’t appear to indicate a major change of direction for the club. Plans call for a smaller menu than the original Escondite currently offers. According to the club’s website, The Escondite features a menu of burgers that Yelp reviewers appear to think are pretty swell. Rettig said there will be a few “Seattle specific” items also added to the mix. “Brian is serving up free trial items every happy hour right now with every drink purchase,” Rettig said. “So far the favorite is Meatball Mondays. His meatball sandwich is pretty next level.”

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