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Popular Fried Chicken Chain Bok a Bok Opens New Spot on the Eastside

Plus, Ethan Stowell is about to debut a new pub near the Amazon Spheres, and White Center’s Taradise Cafe looks like it will close permanently

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A top-down view of a Bok a Bok platter, with fried chicken, coleslaw, and an array of other sides.
Bok a Bok now has five locations around the Seattle area.
Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle

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Bok a Bok Opens New Spot on the Eastside

Kirkland just landed some seriously coveted fried birds. Popular local chain Bok a Bok has opened its fifth location and first on the Eastside at the Village at Totem Lake for walk-up orders only at the moment, with plans on full service, including delivery, soon. As longtime fans know, Bok A Bok specializes in Korean and Southern styles of fried chicken served as strips, drumsticks, wings, and sandwiches, along with sides such as buttermilk biscuits, tater tots, and kimchi mac and cheese. The franchise got its start in White Center five years ago, and has steadily expanded since with locations in Burien, the U District, and Capitol Hill. In Kirkland’s shopping center, it’s joined by Don’t Yell at Me, a Taiwanese boba tea shop, ice cream purveyor Salt & Straw, and the California-based franchise Silverlake Ramen.

Ethan Stowell About to Debut Pub Near Amazon Spheres

There will be a new addition around the Amazon offices soon. Restaurant Ethan Stowell recently announced that he’s planning to open a bar called Victor Tavern sometime in early September at the Via6 building across from the Spheres. The menu posted online appears to skew heavily on bar snacks, with items such as crab cakes, burgers, and smoked wings, while the drinks side features a lineup of beer, wine, and a whole bunch of fizzes, sours, and punches. Victor Tavern will take over the space formerly occupied by Tom Douglas’s Tanakasan, which closed in early 2020, and includes an open-air patio, as well as a mezzanine filled with TVs, pool, and shuffleboard. Happy hour fans should also expect some specials to roll out regularly.

White Center Favorite Taradise Cafe Doesn’t Plan to Reopen

According to Westside Seattle, White Center’s Taradise Cafe has decided to close for good nearly two months after the death of owner Tara Eckman Scott, which drew an outpouring of grief and support from the community. Per the blog, Scott’s sister made the announcement on Facebook noting that “with so many factors at play and such uncertainty during this pandemic, it is the best decision to keep Taradise closed.” Scott had opened the restaurant in the old Marv’s Broiler space in 2016, developing it into a casual and reliable all-ages hangout with a bar, TVs for sports watching, pool tables, and darts.