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May 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Why, yes. I do have word re: Perche No Pasta & Vino

Judy Klayman wrote, asking: “Do you have any word on what is happening with Perche No Restaurant post-fire? We love that place, and we are wondering if they are going to reopen. I think many readers other than me would appreciate a word about their plans, since that was such a great restaurant!”

Funny you should ask, Judy, because I just got word from Lily Kong that the Greenlake-area restaurant — which suffered extensive damage in a February fire — reopens Friday, May 15.

Contractors parked out front of Perche No in February, post-fire.

Perche No (translation: “why not?”) has undergone a bit of a cosmetic transformation in the interim, with a new “entertainment balcony” above the kitchen and bar, new counters and display cases, and upgrades to the private dining room, according to the official announcement. Otherwise, we can expect business as usual, with Lily, David and their sons Christopher and Alex welcoming patrons back with open arms from 11:30 a.m. till 11 p.m. on re-opening day.

I’ve already heard from several other longtime customers who said they plan to be there to support the Kongs on Friday, and I’m thinking I just might join them there (call for reservations: 206-547-0222). Regular business hours are Sundays though Thursdays from 4-10 p.m., and Saturdays 4-11 p.m. (closed Mondays). Weekday lunch resumes this summer — once the weather gets consistently warmer, Lily says.

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