When Sue Ethridge and her book club-buddies showed up for their monthly eat, drink and chat-fest at Seattle’s Typhoon restaurant last night, they were surprised to find the place closed. Along with other confused patrons milling around outside the Western Avenue storefront, the group — who’ve been meeting here for two years — wondered “What gives?” A farewell sign on the door suggested visiting the Typhoon in Redmond’s Bella Bottega Center, says Sue, and though she loves and will miss her favorite Pine Cone Fish (me too!), she doesn’t expect they’ll be rushing off to Redmond any time soon. Regrouping, Sue says she and her friends headed up to First and Union to cadge a table at the nearby Vietnamese-accented restaurant, Thoa’s. Which leaves me to ask: “Yo, Bo! Where’d you go?”
Typhoon founder and executive chef Bo Kline, in 2002 (Seattle Times photo, Barry Wong)
Typhoon, owned and operated by award-winning chef Bo Kline and her husband, Steve, is part of Portland-based Typhoon Restaurant Group. I’ve learned this morning that the Seattle restaurant — recreated in the husk of the original Wild Ginger — quietly closed after service Saturday night, and I’m waiting for a call back from the Klines. According to their corporate office, they’re busy on the Redmond campus at Microsoft today preparing to open yet another Typhoon adjunct. I’ll offer more news as I get it.