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Prominent Chinese Restaurant Black Rooster Signs Lease For Waterfront Space At Southport On Lake Washington

Fast-growing, Beijing-based farm-to-table fine dining restaurant will debut its first international location in Renton’s new mixed-use waterfront urban village

RENTON, Wash. – Following the overwhelming success of last summer’s opening of the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, SECO Development today announced the addition of a new restaurant at Southport. Black Rooster, a Chinese fine dining restaurant focused on the use of fresh, local ingredients, has selected the Lake Washington site for its first international location.

Black Rooster is devoted to sharing thousands of years of Chinese cooking culture with individuals seeking an authentic, gourmet experience. The bistro menu will pair traditional cooking methods with the finest ingredients from across Washington state.

“By duplicating the success we’ve seen for Black Rooster China and emphasizing fresh, healthy and organic ingredients, Black Rooster Lake Washington is poised to become the restaurant of choice for families, working professionals, students, retirees and tourists,” said Yongsheng Guo, owner and operator of Black Rooster Lake Washington and Black Rooster China.

Designed by famous Chinese artist Chonghai Hao, Black Rooster will highlight waterfront views with seating for up to 300 guests and provide a unique dining experience. Inspired by the bistros of the Song Dynasty, the restaurant’s space will feature wood décor accents, tables with a ceramic warmer and an open kitchen display for customers to enjoy performances put on by the chefs.

“An internationally acclaimed establishment like Black Rooster could have selected anywhere in the Seattle area – or even the United States – to open its first North American restaurant,” said Kip Spencer, director of leasing and marketing for SECO Development. “The fact that they specifically chose Southport for its waterfront access, as well as its proximity to the highly anticipated Southport Office Campus and recently opened Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, speaks volumes for the tremendous desirability of this location.”

Black Rooster’s menu will highlight Chinese-style baked breads, organic salads, house-made organic tofu, oversized meatballs, dumplings and organic steamed black chicken soup. All dishes are designed to be healthy and freshly prepared, with primary ingredients, such as chicken and fresh vegetables, sourced from local organic farms.

The Lake Washington operation will replicate the traditional Chinese supply chain by utilizing local suppliers from the Northwest region. Black Rooster is currently looking at local farms such as Mad Matcher Poultry, in Ephrata, and Wilson Banner Ranch, in Clarkston, as potential suppliers.

An additional distinguishing factor, Black Rooster plans to invite twelve celebrity chefs from China every year. Each chef will specialize in unique styles of Chinese cuisine, creating their own menu that will run the twenty-seat dining area for two to three weeks at a time. This exclusive area and experience will be by reservation only. The restaurant also plans to partner with local vineyards and breweries to feature a meticulously curated beer, wine and cocktail spread to complement the food.

Black Rooster Lake Washington is slated to open in September. The restaurant will be open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner and providing daily happy hour specials.

About Black Rooster
Since its founding in Beijing, Black Rooster has been devoted to reviving thousands of years of Chinese cooking culture with fresh, local ingredients. As the first international location, Black Rooster Lake Washington at Southport will be a fine dining restaurant with a waterfront view that seats 300 guests. Inspired by the bistro of the Song Dynasty and designed by famous Chinese artist Chonghai Hao, the restaurant will be one of the most exciting dining spots in the Seattle area.

About Southport on Lake Washington
Southport is a mixed-use urban village located on the southern shore of Lake Washington adjacent to Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. With spectacular views of the lake, the Olympics, the Cascades and Mt. Rainier, Southport offers a genuine “live, work, play and stay” lifestyle. Designed to serve as a next generation hub for high tech firms and other innovative companies, the Southport Office Campus will include three distinct nine-story towers with nearly 730,000 square feet of Class “A” waterfront office space. The four-star, 347-room Hyatt Regency Lake Washington features 43,000 square feet of meeting space. The 383-unit Bristol Residences provide resort-style luxury living, unsurpassed views and unprecedented lifestyle options.