At Capitol Hill’s new Cove Seattle apartment building, dessert has come before dinner but in a few months, the neighborhood around E Pike will have a new Chinese restaurant.
The concept for Chuan on Capitol Hill is pretty straightforward. Expect Szechuan classics delivered in modern, sometimes non-traditional style.
Yao Huang tells CHS he’s excited to be working with partners on the restaurant — his first — in a neighborhood he knows well. Huang began his education in the United States 20 years ago as in immigrant at Seattle Central. He’s made a career in hospital administration at a community clinic. But Chuan on Capitol Hill will mark the start of a new path.
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“I’ve lived in Seattle for a long time and I tried every Chinese restaurant,” Huang said. “I want people to feel like when they come to my restaurant, it’s not traditional food. This is a modern Chinese food restaurant.”
Chuan’s future space is still mostly empty on the northwest corner of the newly built apartment building at Pike and Belmont. You can view it from neighbor R&M Desserts through the building’s lobby’s aquarium wall. The dessert bar opened in late 2012 to give the neighborhood’s restaurant crowds something else to think about after their meals. An outlet of Portland-based sustainable sushi concern Bamboo had been lined up for the corner but the chain apparently pulled out. The company, by the way, was also planning a location for its new Quickfish poke concept in the nearby Pike Motorworks building. It still lists a Bamboo Seattle location as “coming soon” so it’s possible the sushi concept might still arrive down the street.
Instead, the aquarium of fish get to watch the dessert crowds at R&M and diners at Chuan on Capitol Hill. The plan is for a modern, crisp space that is more fusion than traditional, Huang says. Opening will likely take months — the project is in the middle of early permitting.
Huang is excited for construction at his new restaurant to join the cranes busy at work on Capitol Hill.
“I know the area and I have seen a lot of construction, and a lot of changes. I love the neighborhood. And the diversity. I see lots of residential buildings going up. I love food,” Huang said. “This is a great opportunity.”
Chuan on Capitol Hill is planned to open in 2019 at 601 E Pike.