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New digs in this former SoDo diner. Photo: Charles Koh

When Ryan Santwire resurrected the beloved Paseo, the city collectively cried joyous tears of Caribbean pork marinade. His crew has rather successfully recreated legit Paseo sandwiches; toasted baguette, garlic mayonnaise, thick-cut caramelized onions, and relentlessly drippy marinade all remain on point. Now, Santwire is opening a second Paseo location in SoDo at 1760 First Avenue South.

On Monday the new sandwich spot did some lunch run throughs, but come Thursday, July 28, Paseo will have a grand opening from 5 to 9. There will be live music. There will be roasted goodness.

The original Fremont menu will be served here as well, so diehard Caribbean roast fans rest easy. What’s new though is the option to “order buckets of roasted corn.” If you’re eating a wonderfully juicy sandwich you might as well go all in with kernel teeth. No shame in it.

Also new here: booze. This Paseo will serve an array of beer, cider, wine, and sangria. Indeed, all beers and sangria will be $1 off during Thursday’s grand opening.

The new Paseo space is certainly bigger than its Fremont counterpart, clocking in at 4,000 square feet, including a private events backroom and an outdoor seating area with picnic tables. Santwire renovated the space formerly occupied by Donna’s Diner and Mac’s Smokehouse, but strong diner vibes still remain throughout the airy, Caribbean-inspired restaurant. And since its in stadium territory there are naturally quite a few TV screens mounted.

Starting Friday, July 29 regular hours here will be 11 to 9, Monday through Friday, 11 to 8 on Saturday, and 11 to 6 on Sunday. On game days Paseo will open early and hours may vary.

For more details or to just get really hungry reading a menu, check the Paseo Facebook page and website.


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