(L-R): Ms. Helens daughter Jesdarnel Squirt Henton, Ms. Helen Coleman, and two very happy friends.
(L-R): Ms. Helen's daughter Jesdarnel "Squirt" Henton, Ms. Helen Coleman, and two very happy friends. KR

Seattle soul food legend Ms. Helen Coleman is coming back—at least for a while. The owner of the MidTown Center at 23rd and Union, Tom Bangasser, who owns the property with his family, announced at a community meeting on Saturday that he’s approving a lease with Ms. Helen for 2,100 square feet.

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Ms. Helen, who learned of the news at the same time as a roomful of community members, was elated and replied, “Thank you, Jesus! I love you and your family.”

The restaurateur said she had been looking for a new space for a while. In 2001, her building was damaged in the Nisqually earthquake, and it eventually had to be torn down. A month ago, Seattle Weekly reported that the Rose Petals had reopened in White Center, with Ms. Helen's involvement. But then Ms. Helen said she was not actually part of that endeavor.

Bangasser said there’s still a lot that needs to be worked out, including building a kitchen. One hitch: He and his family are also planning to sell the property, but Bangasser said it’s unclear when that will happen and that Ms. Helen will have 180 days after any sale.