Asian-inspired ‘Kigo Kitchen’ to Open First Restaurant in South Lake Union


New lunch and dinner spot satisfies craving in the market for fresh, bold Asian-inspired bowls 
No amount of Seattle rain can put out Kigo Kitchen’s fire.

On November 12th, Kigo Kitchen will open the doors to its first restaurant, firing-up the Seattle scene with fresh, fast, and wokked to order rice and noodle bowls. Kigo Kitchen prides itself on a simple Asian-meets-Western menu flavored by bold handmade sauces. Located in South Lake Union at 210 Westlake Avenue N, Kigo Kitchen will serve lunch, dinner and happy hour, including beer and wine, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

“We are proud to introduce the first Kigo Kitchen in Seattle. There’s nothing quite like us in the market,” says Steve Hooper, Co-Founder and CEO. “We can’t wait to fuel-up hungry Seattleites, starting with the busy clientele in South Lake Union who are looking for a fast but inspired meal.”

Founded by two entrepreneurial graduate students from Dartmouth’s MBA program, Kigo Kitchen started as a craving for something new to eat that was fresher, faster and more flavorful than their regular standbys. Inspired by the alchemy of fire and their youthful adventures off-the-beaten path, Kigo Kitchen is their answer, filling a proven void in the market.
It’s a simple concept: Hand-made sauces, thoughtfully prepared proteins, crisp veggies—customers choose their favorite ingredients and the kitchen wok-fires each bowl fast, fresh and, for under $10. “Whether you’re craving Asian or something new, in a hurry, or need a break from normal you’ll love our quick-fire kitchen,” says Hooper.

Kigo has taken aim at creating an all-around dynamic experience. “We appeal to all five senses, which is unique in this category and enhances the entire experience. You see the fresh ingredients, hear the flaming wok fire your food, feel the alleyway attitude, smell the familiar spices, and taste vibrant, new flavors,” says Executive Chef, Heather Nucifora.

With its team in place and first restaurant built out, Kigo Kitchen is now ready to light its first fire this fall. And just in time for the cold weather. It’s time to get fired-up, Seattle!

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Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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