The Eastside’s dining future looks low lit, fancy, and freakin’ huge. Fortress Development announced that a 11,000 square foot modern Asian restaurant and bar called Buddhazen will be part of its plans for its upcoming project Avenue Bellevue involving yet more luxury condos and retail space in the heart of Bellevue.
Understated it is not. The spot — from the team behind fellow trendy behemoths Buddakan, Tao, and Asia de Cuba in New York — will feature a pagoda, giant staircase, DJ booth, and wine tasting room, fully embracing the “nightclub from a Steven Seagal movie” aesthetic. Customers can expect a food and drinks menu modeled at least somewhat after the aforementioned NYC places. And there will be plenty of time for hype: The restaurant isn’t supposed to open until late 2021.
But it won’t be only the dining option for the moneyed set strolling around Avenue Bellevue. In January, star San Francisco chef Joshua Skenes, known for the three Michelin-starred restaurant Saison, announced that he would be expanding his seafood restaurant Angler to the new development in 2021 as well.