May 17

Coming Soon: Paju

The modern Korean fave is moving to SLU.

It’s been a busy few weeks for openings and announcements in South Lake Union, but perhaps none more exciting than the news that popular modern Korean restaurant Paju is coming to the neighborhood. Chef/owner Bill Jeong is moving Paju to an expanded space in SLU after building much acclaim in his former spot in Lower Queen Anne. The last service in Queen Anne was on May 11, and Jeong hopes to open his doors to SLU diners in June.

paju owner & chef bill jeong

“We are excited about moving Paju to a slightly bigger space in such a vibrant neighborhood. The larger kitchen will allow us to expand our menu and push our creativity to new dishes that continue to reflect our influence of Korean ingredients on more well-known dishes. While only a mile from our old Uptown location, we will be able to welcome established guests and new guests that work, live and play in the thriving SLU neighborhood. Pushing into the cocktail game will also bring our guests a new layer of experience at Paju! We look forward to being part of our new neighborhood next month,” Jeong said.

In a letter to his guests, Jeong shared that, while bittersweet, the move is going to allow Paju to evolve. He and his team will be able to offer new menu items while continuing to embrace what has made Paju so special since it opened in 2019. Expect elevated versions of tteok-bokki (spicy, simmered rice cakes), fried rice (made here with squid ink, kimchi, bacon, and a smoked quail egg), and more.

close up of food

Another positive for Paju in SLU? More space means more room for reservations. Plus, the restaurant’s new home at 513 Westlake Avenue North will offer ample parking.

Follow Paju via Instagram (@paju_seattle) and Facebook (@paju.seattle) for progress updates and menu previews.

Story by Ethan Chung. Photos courtesy Paju.

At The Center

SLU is the geographical center of Seattle