Korean favorite Revel appears to be planning a return to its home turf in Fremont next spring, with a new development on Phinney Avenue and N 36th Street featuring a space for the street food restaurant.
Of course, that’s where Revel used to live — so in short, Revel is coming back home. The restaurant shut its doors at the location and moved to South Lake Union last winter in the space that was formerly Vestal, but the plan was always to return to its original home in Fremont after about a year. Now, that return is confirmed and has a relatively clear timeline.
The new home for Revel will be a three-story office and retail development by the name Cedar Speedster. Architects Weber Thompson are plotting a timber-heavy building with touches of cedar and weathering steel, stating that the firm aims for the building to “echo the spirit of Revel’s original restaurant and Fremont’s industrial past”.
The dumpling, pancake, and noodle purveyor will be in the northwest corner of the building, right on Phinney and N 36th, boasting an expanded patio for diners. The building should be finished in late spring, allowing Revel to return in time for summer 2019, a little more than a year after their last move.
It’s not clear what will happen with Revel’s SLU location — closing, moving, and reopening twice in just over a year is obviously a laborious task for owners Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi. They could, of course, leave it open and end up with two Revel locations — or they could just move all the operations back “home”, which seems more likely. A press release for Cedar Speedster suggests the latter, for what it’s worth.
Correction: September 5, 2018, 10:05 a.m.
This article was corrected to include a rendering of Revel’s upcoming home, rather than its previous home.