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Trader Vic's ~ Bellevue Washington
dogbytes
  

Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2005-06-15 07:46 am   Permalink

Seattle Times

ohholycow! i had no idea this was in the works!

Taste of the Town
A Bellevue Trader Vic's
By Nancy Leson
Seattle Times restaurant critic


I thought my neighbors Tom and Barb Robinson were the only Trader Vic's-ionados willing to travel the globe for a Tiki Tiki Puka. They've been crying into their pupu platters — eaten elsewhere, unfortunately — since "Trader Vic" Bergeron's Polynesian palace closed in Seattle's Westin hotel back in 1991. So, as it turns out, have Werner and Rosanne Sondheim of Bellevue.

Like the Robinsons, they've traveled to "The Trader's" in Europe and made pilgrimages to Trader Vic's in Emeryville, Calif. — where the company got its start in 1938. And they, too, have fond memories of Trader Vic's original Seattle site (née "The Outrigger" in the Benjamin Franklin Hotel, later razed to make way for the Westin's second tower, where Trader Vic's relocated). It was there that the Sondheims were engaged in 1955. Which helps explain the emotional attachment and why Werner called to say he'd heard Trader Vic's was coming back to town — truth or rumor?

Well, hold on to your mai tais, my friends, because Trader Vic's, now a $50 million empire of company-owned and franchised restaurants, is slated to open late this year in the Lincoln Square complex in Bellevue.

"Many prominent citizens of Seattle and Bellevue who knew Trader Vic's from way, way back are investing in the project," notes Hans Richter, president and CEO of Trader Vic's, who has been with the company since 1969 and still has the blueprint of The Outrigger's kitchen layout ("It cost about 10 percent of what a kitchen costs today!").

"Ours is a little different from the normal franchise," Richter explained. "We stay involved, building the restaurant and assisting the owners in developing the management team and training restaurant personnel."

Among the faces behind this new version of the old favorite are local restaurateur Larry Hamlin (who helped find the $3.5 million to get the job done) and restaurant consultant Arnold Shain. Paul Reder, owner of Bellevue's Tap House Grill (550 106th Ave. N.E., 425-467-1730), is on tap as managing partner, says Richter.

Bellevue's new Trader Vic's will have the distinctive look of Trader Vic's everywhere, Richter says — right down to the "famous" Chinese oven.

And making certain that longtime patrons like the Robinsons and the Sondheims will feel doubly at home, he points out that the Bellevue restaurant will hold a prominent place in Lincoln Square: directly opposite the entrance to a new 337-room Westin hotel.



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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2005-06-15 07:50 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-06-15 07:46, dogbytes wrote:
I thought my neighbors Tom and Barb Robinson were the only Trader Vic's-ionados willing to travel the globe for a Tiki Tiki Puka.



Wrong!


 
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Crowntiki
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Joined: Nov 23, 2004
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From: Crowntown, USA
Posted: 2005-06-15 09:45 am   Permalink

Thank broofness the Trader Vic's expansion continues. Don't know if this has been discussed, but here is a link: http://dallas.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2005/05/30/story6.html ... to the Dallas Business Journal that says Trader Vic's Dallas reopens in June 2006 in the Hotel Palomar and a deal is officially signed to open in Las Vegas...

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Maori_man
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Joined: Nov 23, 2003
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From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2005-06-15 4:47 pm   Permalink

Well Shit on a shingle! Another reason to travel north other then just to visit the IKEA! And a hell of a lot closer then Emeryville to me!!!

 
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Rum Balls
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2005-06-15 7:16 pm   Permalink

Me thinks we should charter a bus from Portland!

 
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Kenike
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From: McKinney, TX
Posted: 2005-06-15 7:29 pm   Permalink

http://dallas.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2005/05/30/story6.html


YYEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Pepe le Tiki
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From: Vancouver, BC
Posted: 2005-06-18 4:17 pm   Permalink

Great news!!! A Trader Vic's so close!!!!
Hopefully they'll keep moving north for a Vancouver reincarnation too!


 
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Pepe le Tiki
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Posted: 2005-08-24 4:51 pm   Permalink

Hey TC Seattlites, any new news on the opening? I've heard November and January as potentials but I'm wondering if you've heard anything definite yet.
(I really want to put a giant 'X' on my calendar!!)


 
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Vic'sChicagoFan
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Posted: 2005-08-24 7:38 pm   Permalink

You should expect late spring 2006 according to my sources. It's going to be great!

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-08-25 05:03 am   Permalink

Wonder when I'll get my kick-back for all this...

 
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dogbytes
  

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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2005-10-27 2:46 pm   Permalink

update from the seattle times

"When last we discussed Lincoln Square, the big news was that downtown Bellevue's happening high-rise development was to include a Trader Vic's, slated to open in December. The Trader's ETA has now been pushed by a coupla-few months (think: late Feb, early March)"


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woofmutt
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Posted: 2005-10-27 7:20 pm   Permalink

It'll be pushed back a few more times then we'll hear how TV's is pulling out then a new press release: Margaritaville To Open In Slated Trader Vic's Location.

 
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Rum Balls
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2006-02-09 4:17 pm   Permalink

TV Bellevue website up-and-running!
http://www.tradervicsbellevue.com/
I've timed my next visit to Seattle for a few weeks after the grand opening (but don't tell my brother that!)


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Tikiwahine
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2006-02-09 6:20 pm   Permalink

ohmygodohmygodohmygod!

sorry, I'm a little excited!!!


 
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dogbytes
  

Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2006-02-20 10:36 am   Permalink

FYI: TV Bellevue is taking reservations!! but they have some limitations.

1) the private dining rooms are not available till after April
2) the biggest table they have is for 8 in the main dining room, i tried for 2 tables of 8 at the same time, but there wasnt availability.

the staff is helpful (so far) they're trying to find space for us on March 25 ~ i get the feeling they dont want to overload the place at the beginning!

i'm so excited!!


 
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