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Seattle Teriyaki Lasts Only Six Months on Sansom Street

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The fast-casual restaurant serving a Seattle-style chicken dish is shuttered

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Seattle Teriyaki, the fast-casual spot serving Seattle-style glazed, grilled chicken, is already closed after about six months catering to the Center City lunch crowd at 1608 Sansom Street. It opened over the summer in what had briefly been @Ramen. Previously, the address housed Korean restaurant Giwa, which relocated to a bigger space just up the street.

Eater hasn’t gotten word yet on what happened, but the storefront is currently papered over, the phone is disconnected, and delivery services are no longer listing the eatery.

Seattle Teriyaki was from Tammin Kim, a native of Seattle who came to Philly in 2004, according to a Billy Penn report when the restaurant debuted. It served a tight menu of grilled chicken, steak, or tofu combo platters with rice, potato salad, and a teriyaki sauce.

Eater Seattle describes the city’s local teriyaki as an iconic dish — the recipe is said to have been created by chef Toshi Kasahara in the 1970s as a sweeter, thicker, and more heavily spiced version of its Japanese counterpart. It’s not common in Philly.

Kim’s business partner in Seattle Teriyaki was Jason Kim of Jason’s Toridasu and @Ramen (the Center City @Ramen was short-lived but there’s a Manayunk location), Philly.com reported when it opened, so keep an eye on the space.

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