Wallingford-born Vietnamese eatery Tigerly Ox has opened up a restaurant on the border between Capitol Hill and the Central District, at 22nd and E Madison. Owners John Tran and his wife Jodie chose a location on the edge of Capitol Hill because they believe there is already an overabundance of restaurants in the center of the neighborhood. The E Madison location may be just the first wave of expansion for the eatery.
Tran said his aim with the E Madison Tigerly Ox is to serve people for whom getting to the Pike/Pine corridor of restaurants might be a hassle. “We feel as though we can better serve those on the outskirts,” said Tran. Tran said he was attracted to a location in between Capitol Hill and the Central District because he felt the area could use more restaurants and he feels there is an “oversaturation of restaurants” in the central Pike/Pine business district of Capitol Hill.
Tigerly Ox was under construction earlier this summer, and opened its doors in early July. The E Madison restaurant seats 16-20 people. It was formerly home to a franchise outlet of the national Subway sandwich chain.
The menu at the E Madison location is the same as the Wallingford Tigerly Ox, serving banh mi sandwiches for around $7 or $8. There is one exception: Tran said the E Madison location will eventually serve beer and wine, which is not offered at Wallingford. Tran is talking with local distributors and plans to roll out the beer and wine selection in the coming weeks.
Tigerly Ox is part of two notable openings along E Madison to end July. We reported on the debut of Manu’s Bodegita up the Hill earlier this week.
The E Madison Tigerly Ox may just be the start of expansion for Tran. He hopes to open Tigerly Ox locations in neighborhoods across Seattle
The E Madison restaurant will have a grand opening in the next few weeks. To learn more, visit tigerlyox.com.