Local Chinese food specialist Dough Zone Dumpling House opens its new downtown restaurant on Monday, July 8. The restaurant is at 9th and Pine, taking the place of Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, which closed recently.
The restaurant’s announcement on Facebook mentions it will be in “soft opening” mode, though the company didn’t clarify that by press time. Restaurants often use the term to mean that the menu or hours will be limited as it trains staff, so fans might expect that things won’t immediately be in full swing.
Each Dough Zone location serves largely the same menu of specialties like xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, and their cousins, crispy-yet-juicy pan-fried pork buns, plus various noodle dishes, rotating varieties of congee, appetizers like green onion pancakes, and a few desserts like red bean bao.
The company is also working on a Kirkland location, which should be open by year’s end; that restaurant is opening in the new Kirkland Urban development, along with a Shake Shack burger spot.
Dough Zone — which made the Eater list of 38 Essential Seattle Restaurants — has captivated the city since 2014, when it opened its first restaurant on the Eastside. These new locations will mark the company’s sixth and seventh outposts.