Food & Drink

Chow Bio

The Eastern Cafe Is Weathered but Not Distressed

  • comments
  • Print
I-MIUN LIU Owner, Eastern Cafe

Eastern Cafe inhabits a ballroom-like space in the International District that stood vacant for three years before owner I-Miun Liu signed the lease. I-Miun hired a contractor who removed the drywall and carpet to reveal beautifully weathered mint-green and yellow cement walls and the space's original fir floors. With simple lighting and changing local artwork (currently a mixed-media show by Aung Robo), the place is appealingly industrial without any distressed-jeans-esque overkill. The building is more than 100 years old, built as a hotel for railway workers; the rooms upstairs are now rented as apartments.

I-Miun, whose background is in economics and banking, also owns a nearby bubble tea shop, Oasis. He wanted to open a type of business that doesn't exist anywhere else in the neighborhood—Eastern Cafe serves espresso, sandwiches, crepes, and gelato from Gelatiamo. Though intrigued by the "beermosa," I was perfectly happy with Eastern's regular mimosa. I also tried a lusciously avocado-stacked and reasonably priced ($5) veggie sandwich and an exceptionally fresh pear turnover from Le Fournil. The cafe is next door to the Seattle Pinball Museum, which I-Miun finds fun and educational—he likes the Wizard of Oz machine and mentioned that he learned that pinball parlors were historically associated with organized crime. recommended

Agree with this review? Disagree?
Write your own damn review.
 

Comments (0)

Add a comment