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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

R.I.P. Jade Pagoda, Hello Poppy!

posted by on January 16 at 16:27 PM

Today’s Seattle Times has all the info on Poppy, the restaurant coming soon from the Herbfarm’s Jerry Traunfeld, except the location. A person who always magically knows everything that’s happening in our fair city just told me Poppy will be in the former home of the Jade Pagoda on Broadway.

Everyone was sad to see the Jade go—the bar was divey and excellent, the food was terrible—and yes, Poppy will be an entirely different affair. But! Traunfeld wants to keep prices reasonable—he supposedly parted ways with the South Lake Union forces-that-be when they wanted him to do something ultra-upscale/expensive there. He is a man with a good heart, and Poppy cannot help but be tremendously great. Also: This one tremendously great thing will at last kick-start Broadway’s renaissance. The Taco Bell, recently closed, can rot in hell; as for the Jade, we’ll always have our memories. Now: Poppy!


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Reasonable prices are the reason this news is good. Lets hear it for reasonable prices! And quality! Finally. I can't wait.


Posted by Vermillion | January 16, 2008 4:38 PM

I've noticed that "reasonable prices" have recently come to mean $18 entrees and $5 beers.

Posted by DOUG. | January 16, 2008 4:42 PM

How are they going to get the smell out?

Posted by Hooty Sapperticker | January 16, 2008 4:48 PM

It was Jimmy Woo's, what are you, from Bellevue?

Posted by SC | January 16, 2008 5:11 PM

Nice to see they're keeping the heroin theme alive on Broadway.

Posted by kerri harrop | January 16, 2008 5:21 PM

@2: You're absolutely right - reasonable pricing for casual neighborhood joints starts at $12-$13. But it's not because the restaurant owner is trying to be greedy - it's because he/she is trying to just keep the bills paid (especially the rent).

It's sad.

Posted by igaveup | January 16, 2008 6:14 PM

Can they throw a sop to us and call it Jimmy Woo's Poppy?

Posted by Gitai | January 16, 2008 7:32 PM

i'd prefer taco bell, please

Posted by kinkos | January 16, 2008 7:41 PM

They could throw a sop to us just by preserving the garish pagoda over the front door....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 16, 2008 7:53 PM

what was the surly bartender's name? anybody?

Posted by superyeadon | January 16, 2008 7:57 PM

His name was Burt. Loved him.

Posted by Christina | January 16, 2008 9:47 PM

I love the Herbfarm, I had the best meal of my life there. I'm excited about the idea of Poppy, I really am! But why did you have to go hating on the bell in the end? I was with you until then.

Posted by lilblackcat | January 16, 2008 9:56 PM

@11 ... thank you.

Posted by superyeadon | January 17, 2008 1:20 AM

i heard it was going to be a bit further down than where the jade pagoda is. . .

Posted by jeremy | January 17, 2008 4:25 AM

I'm willing to give Traunfeld the benefit of the doubt, but I'm not sure I can rest easy with someone deciding what a reasonable price is when he owns a restaurant where dinner for two can be $425.

It'd be nice to keep some of The Jade Pagoda around for memory's sake.

Posted by Bauhaus | January 17, 2008 5:33 AM

Keep bashing the Times and PI, then posting links to the stories that the Times and PI are scooping you on. Please.

Posted by Snarky | January 17, 2008 9:52 AM

Uh, I'm no fan of Taco Bell, but comparing a Jerry Traunfeld joint to 99 cent menu items is waaay off. Many people I know wouldn't even be able to afford a "reasonable" dinner at Poppy.

Posted by Ross | January 17, 2008 10:52 AM

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