The famous restaurant from China to open this fall on Renton’s waterfront

When you think of the Eastside’s food culture, there are many trends that make it standout. Two of the best things the Eastside has going for it? A variety of delicious, authentic Chinese restaurants, some of the best in Washington, and a bevy of delightful farm-to-table establishments, many with lakeside views. Put all those things together, and you get Black Rooster, the renowned farm-to-table restaurant from China, coming soon to the Eastside.

What could be better than authentic Chinese cuisine, made with the best fresh, local ingredients served in a gorgeously designed, waterfront location? Not much.

The owner and operator of Black Rooster Lake Washington and Black Rooster China, Yongsheng Guo, spoke about bringing Black Rooster’s winning formula to Washington. “By duplicating the success we’ve seen for Black Rooster China and emphasizing fresh, healthy, and organic ingredients, Black Rooster Lake Washington is poised to become the restaurant of choice for families, working professionals, students, retirees, and tourists,” Guo explained.

Recently, SECO Development announced that Black Rooster signed a lease at Southport. Famous Chinese artist Chonghai Hao has been chosen to design the lakeside space. Hao’s plan will incorporate the natural beauty of Washington while accommodating up to 300 guests. The inspiration for the design will be the bistros of the Chinese Song Dynasty. Wood accents and an open kitchen will allow patrons to watch the world-class chefs prepare food, adding to the traditional feel of the restaurant.

Director of leasing and marketing for SECO Development, Kip Spencer, spoke about the significance of Black Rooster choosing Renton for its first U.S. location.

“An internationally acclaimed establishment like Black Rooster could have selected anywhere in the Seattle area — or even the United States — to open its first North American restaurant,” Spencer stated. “The fact that they specifically chose Southport for its waterfront access, as well as its proximity to the highly anticipated Southport Office Campus and recently opened Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, speaks volumes for the tremendous desirability of this location.”

Perhaps Hao’s decision was impacted by Washington’s rich agricultural and artisan culture as well. Black Rooster is currently deciding which farms will source the restaurant’s menu. Mad Matcher Poultry, in Ephrata, and Wilson Banner Ranch, in Clarkston are just two farms in the running. The by reservation only 20-seat dining area will also feature a rotation of featured Chinese celebrity chefs who will design a special menu and prepare food for select patrons.

As with most farm-to-table restaurants in our region, Black Rooster will take advantage of Washington’s incredible wineries and breweries with a carefully paired and crafted drink menu.

Black Rooster Lake Washington is scheduled to open its doors this September. Once open, the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. They’ve also committed to providing happy hour specials.