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apartments are going up all along 12th. Yesler is well along in its redevelopment. the population is burgeoning there. now is as good a time as any to break some eggs and make an omelet in Little Saigon. Tamarind and Sichuanese are popular enough to find another space. Especially Sichuanese, since they don't appear to have ever spent a dime on décor, unlike the Tamarind.
that's a crazy high percentage of workforce units. hope they pull it off.
@1 for three to four times the rent they are currently paying and for a huge outlay in up-front costs to build out for a restaurant for which they would likely have to take out big, big loans and all the same time risking a new location. "They're successful!" Remember that's what people said about Bauhaus.
These are not Tom Douglas joints. The vast majority of small independent restaurants - even the very successful ones - don't survive moving locations in this rental climate.
What's missing from this story is how much square footage of retail they're removing, and how much they're adding.
Regarding the building not representing the Little Saigon area well enough, have they seen the building they're currently in?!
So if you eat there often, make sure to leave your tips in cash, your waitstaff and kitchen staff won't see any of the bankcards/electronic tips.
The sad thing is the construction will take at least a year, they say, so the older people who live in the neighborhood and don't have cars won't have that big grocery store. There are smaller grocers, but it's more walking while carrying heavy bags.
Vancouver didn't mess with their ID, but that one is more famous and gets lots of tourists who came to see Chinatown, Japanese town and Little Saigon, and not BC's version of gentrified Anywheretown.
Tear it down. Build something new that fits the current tenants and a bunch of new ones.