Seattle Restaurant Openings

A Chef for Lucky 8

Plus: a peek at the progress of the forthcoming Chinese restaurant on Capitol Hill.

By Christopher Werner October 27, 2011


Bracey Rogers tells Nosh he’s tapped Justin Strand to chef Lucky 8, the joint he’s opening next to Oola Distillery with his wife, Marcy Akiyam.

Strand, a 22-year restaurant vet and “natural in the kitchen,” is currently cooking at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in downtown Seattle. Other local stints include La Spiga and Palace Kitchen. Before that Strand was in Aspen and Chicago, where among other things he served as personal chef to the Wrigley family.

“Strand has been diligently studying Chinese cuisine,” notes Rogers.

He expects the restaurant to open in six weeks or so. Rogers sent over a few pics of the buildout of the 1,400-square-foot space. Curious? Click through the slideshow.

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