Well-received Phorale, the South Park mini-mart food counter specializing in a mash-up of Asian and Tex-Mex flavors, has closed after nearly two years in business. Despite a tiny kitchen, Phorale won hearts with dishes including twists on the banh mi sandwich, pho, spicy pork egg rolls, and curly fries smothered in habañero queso, cilantro aioli, and grilled spicy pork or marinated beef. On social media, owners Jimmy Bui and Young Cho said they hope to reopen elsewhere in the future, citing an issue with their landlord as the reason for closing.
After almost two years of serving in the great neighborhood of South Park, we regret to inform you that we are forced to shut our doors. After an issue with our landlord that we did not see eye to eye with, our lease was not renewed. We at Phorale are thankful for all the support from our family, friends and patrons who have become our friends, for the support of just two guys in the hood trying to make good food. With that being said, they say as one door closes another opens..we will be waiting with our knives sharpened.
To be more specific, there was a plumbing problem that would have involved expensive renovations with no guarantee of a lease renewal, Seattle Magazine reports. Bui and Cho want to relocate, “But with the way Seattle real estate is, I’m afraid that if we do find a new location, we won’t be able to keep our low prices because of rising rent,” Cho told the magazine.