The 24-hour dining spot has been a fixture in South Lake Union and despite a plan to replace its current building with a high-rise, the restaurant's owner says, "13 Coins isn't going anywhere."
The well-known 13 Coins Restaurant says it expects to stay put in South Lake Union even when a California developer replaces its current building with a high-rise residential tower.
The restaurant has a long-term lease on its Boren Avenue location, said owner Al Moscatel. Moreover, since news broke last week of developer H5 Capital’s plans, the Beverly Hills-based company has contacted him and wants to create “a win-win situation,” Moscatel said.
“13 Coins isn’t going anywhere,” Moscatel said.
The brand is growing elsewhere, though. In April, the company opened a restaurant in downtown Bellevue next to the Hyatt Regency. He said it also plans to launch a 13 Coins and a fast-casual dining option called 13 Coins Express in May 2017 in the Sodo neighborhood, at American Life’s new Stadium Place East development.
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Moscatel and his partners bought the business in 2006. They’ve kept the classics on the menu but are testing new dishes that customers want, such as gluten-free items and daily specials like “Rachel’s fried chicken” on Sundays at the Bellevue location.
“When we bought the restaurant, we didn’t understand how much 13 Coins is really a part of the community,” Moscatel said. “We’ll do everything we can to stay in the location where we are.”