Lunak (Image: Kaisho)
Just days after the Broadway location of an international pizza chain announced it would be closing because of the city’s minimum wage rules for franchises, another chain restaurant Capitol Hill restaurant has closed.
But you can’t curse Kshama Sawant for this one, Dori Monson.
The tech money-powered investors behind the Boom Noodle and Blue C chains of Japanese-flavored concept restaurants are once again rebooting the space at 12th and Pike born as one of the many Booms and eventually transformed into the one-off Kaisho late last year.
The experiment lasted a few months.
Here’s how we described it last year as part of a wave of Asian-inspired openings planned for the Hill:
On the other end of the investment spectrum, Kaisho should open later this summer in the former home of Boom Noodle on E Pike. Backed by the same corporate entity behind the Blue C and Boom Noodle ventures, Kaisho is the creation of Madison Holdings Chief Culinary Officer – and “former protégé of “Iron Chef” Morimoto,” apparently — Jeffrey Lunak. Talking to us from Napa, Lunak told CHS the Kaisho concept was shifted from Bellevue to E Pike as the company decided a plan to expand Blue C would better suit its larger Eastside space. Unlike Blue C’s goals of global sushi conquest, Lunak says Kaisho and its base $200,000 upgrade is “our first step into partnering with very talented chefs” to create unique, single-location dinging experiences. At Kaisho, you’ll find “Chef de Cuisine” Kalen Schramke, formerly of Terra Plata, and a “combination of global influences, Asian flare and local ingredients.”
In Kaisho’s place, the company is planning a reboot of the original Boom concept, according to a Twitter message announcing the abrupt closure.
Meanwhile, Capitol Hill is bursting with new noodle joints. Thursday, Japanese import Kukai Ramen opens officially on E Pine after a week of soft service. CHS told you about the new ramen offerings — and Kukai’s special roasted bone broth — here. But, wait, there’s more. Slog says University District favorite U:Don’s new 12th Ave Arts location is also open as of Thursday. We told you here about the incoming “Fresh Japanese Noodle Station” last year as plans for the new development were coming together. The rest of the arts and affordable housing-focused development’s trio of food and drink offerings will be ready in coming weeks including a planned June 1 opening for the new Capitol Hill Rachel’s Ginger Beer location. If you’re still hungry, there’s also a new Japanese offering on E Union as Gokan by Musashi and its focus on the art of sushi has opened in new construction on the rapidly developing blocks south of Pike.
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