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Saturday, June 04, 2011

#1378 #S836 - Chen's Village, Seattle - 2/20/2011

This is a classic old American Chinese place with a lounge attached.  The lounge portion is integrated into the mirrored wall restaurant slightly more here than the typical darkened room in the back or side of the Chinese place.  This was the Lee Chee Garden earlier (into 2005), it was Hope's Hut in the 70s  The Tiki Hut ("Exotic beverages from the Shell Room") in the 60s, and Blue Hawaii Restaurant (still featuring the Shell Room) in the 80s.

Rick Anderson writes of more recent days, "The bar tends to attract cops, editors, and other riffraff."  But the only riffraff in the whole place on the Sunday afternoon we dropped in were ourselves.  It serves pretty much the type of Chinese food and cocktails that you would expect.
Chen's Village, Seattle, WA

544 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119-3910 - (206) 281-8838               
Est. 2005 - Building constructed: 1936
Previous bars at this location:  The Tiki Hut, Hope's Hut, Blue Hawaii, Lee Chee Garden
newchensvillage.com  - publicola - seattleweekly - rick anderson - yelp  - tikicentral (tiki hut period)

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