There is still no sign of what comes next for the 113-year-old, two-story mix of restaurant and living space at the corner of 12th Ave and Denny it calls home. But time at the corner for Capitol Hill restaurant Chungee’s is down to only a few more nights
Instead of sad goodbyes, it has been a time for holiday revelry and enjoyment as owners Wen Long and Tom Farrell prepare to take a break after nearly ten years of business.
CHS reported in November on the plans for Long to leave the Chungee’s kitchen behind as she and Farrell couldn’t settle on a longterm lease with the longtime property owners, a trust for the Bischofberger Violins family. Properties held by family trusts are under increased pressure as the lucrative market for development has continued and the generations holding the properties grow and move on from longtime family holdings.
12th Ave continues to be an important area for new growth. At 12th and Olive, the Car Tender property is being lined up for a major mixed-use development that will likely be even further expanded with the developers also snatching up the properties currently home to Bergman Locksmith and the former Scratch Deli. Developer Mack Real Estate Group purchased the auto garage property and its development plans and now also holds the adjacent locksmith and deli parcels but hasn’t revealed details of its plans to bring the holdings together.
At Chungee’s, the plans are smaller issues like how Long plans to take a break after years of cooking on Capitol Hill. There may be eventual plans for a return of Chungee’s. But, for now, you have until December 31st to enjoy it.
Chungee’s is located at 1830 12th Ave. You can learn more at facebook.com/Chungees.
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