The new Money Frog restaurant opens in the former Vios space


The owners behind of them fast-casual Seattle Favorites have joined forces to open a new square on Capitol Hillohwhich could fill the void left by recently closed neighborhood institutions like Vios, Coffee Pressand Coffee Pettirosso. silver frog comes with a menu of memorable washing up to like cacio e pepe with yakisoba and fried frog legs with chicken.

Khampaeng Panyathong is part of the trio (and much of the Lao flavor inspiration) behind Taurus Ox on Capitol Hill. Across town from Greenwood, Joe and Lucy Ye run Hangry Panda, mixing Seattle staples like teriyaki with Taiwanese street snacks, including salt and pepper fried chicken.

The three took over the former Vios spavse at 903 19th Avenue East for open a spot thatis resolutely relaxed, even with table service and a menu full of culinary ambition. Panyathong describes it as a “place you can go for first dates…take your grandparents out for dinner…you want to show your friends when they come from out of town “.

Although donI don’t expect too many grandparents age patrons. Money Frog General manager Jin Salvation Lee says, “We just wanted to create a place where we wanted to hang out when we weren’t working, and a place for our friends who are in the industry.”

Panyathong filled the menu with a large number of his own takeout meals, like the ketchup and curry fried rice he’s been perfecting since middle school. This is sseasoned with yellow curry powder and sprinkled with grated nori, a freewheeling combo like a chef who loves “To showcase many different Asian cultures and how they go well together.”

“We really want to exude pan-Asian,” says Lee. “I’m Korean. Our line cook is Korean. Joe and Lucy are Taiwanese Chinese; Khampaeng Laotian…[Money Frog] was supposed to somehow reflect our identities.

Chicken Fried Frog Legs – a dish you’d be hard pressed to find in other local Asian restaurants –send the same message, dressed as cajun spices and a side of dilly lemongrass ranch.

Brunch is part of the long-term plan, and silver frog shwould have its liquor Licence any day. Once it’s squared, pay attention to cocktails made from Asian grocery store drinks, such as basil seeds or umbel leaf juice. Panyathong hope that “all the Asians when they see it, they’ll be like ‘Oh yeah, I saw that…I can’t believe he’s making a drink with that stuff.’

Panyathong first met Lucy when she was a cooking student at Seattle Central, and him as a substitute teacher. Under Panyathong’s mentorship, Lucy worked in the Taurus Ox kitchen before opening Hangry Panda with Joe in late 2020..

Panyathong knows better than anyone that oopening a new place can be demanding, but it’s not the only thing on your plate right now. His engaged and business partner Taurus Ox, jenessa Sneva, is due to give birth within a fortnight. And meIn a few months it is also opening a new pizzeria, which will occupy the First Hill space where Primo Pizza Parlor once stood.

No word on baby names, but for the pizzeria, Panyathong East consider a name along the lines of Pineapple Pizza Co: “Because I want piss except everyone. And I also want to create a haven of peace for those who love pineapple pizza without being judged.


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