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Bako Comes to Life in Former Jade Pagoda Address

[S. Pratt]

Here's the latest in this epic week of restaurant openings: some photos of the lovely Bako, preparing to open its doors Wednesday on Broadway. Owner Keeman Wong has converted the former Jade Pagoda space into a sleek, spare Hong Kong/Cantonese restaurant with nary a red lantern in sight. Both the food and the cocktails have generated a lot of positive buzz from early friend and family events.

Cinephiles will appreciate the 1960s-era Hong Kong movie stars adorning the bathroom doors, and some references to the 2000 film In the Mood for Love on the cunning drink list developed by Charles Malody. Wong says the movie, set in Hong Kong, inspired much of Bako's food, drinks and decor because it contains so many contrasting elements: east and west; old and new; rough and sleek.

On Wednesday, Bako will open at 3 p.m. with 'foursies,' the restaurant's Brit-monikered take on cocktail hour, then transition into dinner service.

· All Bako Coverage on Eater Seattle [-ESEA-]

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