06/13/2014 at 6:30 pm #68525
•Louie’s Cuisine of China closing Sunday, June 29.
•Restaurant has been in Ballard for 37 years.
•Property sold for $2.49 million.
•A letter to customers said another restaurant may open06/13/2014 at 6:54 pm #68526
It never appealed enough for me to try it, after knowing of its existence for about 22 years. Never saw an ad, either. Was it popular?06/13/2014 at 7:23 pm #68527
I think initially it was. Lately I wouldn’t know because I found the food not to my taste.06/13/2014 at 8:28 pm #68528
Old-style American-Chinese fare. Not my fave, but they were nice.06/13/2014 at 8:56 pm #68531
Another restaurant – or a condo/retail development? That’s a big chunk of property for just a restaurant and a parking lot.
I’ve never eaten there. Heard it was mediocre, so I never bothered. Ballard could use a good, authentic Chinese restaurant.06/14/2014 at 9:36 am #68559
06/14/2014 at 10:14 am #68564
I ate there once years ago, wasn’t to my taste so never went back. I had friends who were huge fans of the place though, be curious to see what goes in next.06/14/2014 at 12:32 pm #68578
CR – I totally agree with you that Ballard needs a good authentic Chinese restaurant.
I sure hope it’s not another #$%#^ condo complex, mini housing, ginormous office complex. Enough on that alreay in Ballard. There’s space available all around Ballard on places that have been put up in last few years.06/14/2014 at 4:00 pm #68595
Sad! The food was only so-so, but the staff (especially the bar staff) were really sweet and they had a good happy hour menu. Giant hum bow! I will miss it. And dread what may replace it.06/14/2014 at 4:34 pm #68597
I’ve always wondered why there’s a lack of good Chinese restaurants outside of Chinatown in most cities, including Seattle. You can get good sushi, Thai, etc. outside of the ID, so why not Chinese? I don’t get it.06/16/2014 at 2:33 pm #68659
Sad. We used to go and sit in the bar and have a few drinks. Very nice people, lots of Ballard originals, and the 80’s decor was awesome. The spot was just too big and central to not fall into the hands of condo developers. I knew it was coming, I just didn’t want to believe it.06/16/2014 at 3:22 pm #68661
It is sad because it has been there so long but i never did stop and eat at Louie’s.
Golden City is my favorite Chinese place outside of Chinatown. The Mongolian Beef and Sizzling Rice Soup are the best.06/16/2014 at 3:25 pm #68662
Ballard Mandarin is my favorite. The have great bbq pork.06/16/2014 at 3:42 pm #68664
We were there last night – my stepdaughter has a long and very happy childhood connection with the place and wanted “one last dinner” – turns out, rather than disappearing into the ethers, they are looking for a new location with better parking so Louie’s will exist “somewhere” – it was jammed packed for Father’s Day, that’s for sure.06/30/2014 at 9:15 pm #69321
Louies was originally located on 85th and Mary by the Crown Hill Safeway. The best way to describe their food is consistently plain American Chinese. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t good but, the bar was solid.07/01/2014 at 9:59 am #69344
floyd – you sure you aren’t thinking of Louie’s Barbershop which is still on Mary off 85th behind Safeway?
I know Louie is passed away but I believe his daughter still runs the barbershop07/01/2014 at 2:04 pm #69363
I recall years ago it was George Louie’s restaurant and there is a different restaurant at that location now near 14th on 85th. That would be across 85th from Walgreens. Crown Hill Stationery was on the corner of 15th and 85th.07/02/2014 at 8:52 am #69402
There is a Moroccan restaurant where George Louies restaurant used to be. We used to get take out there when I was a kid. They changed their name when they opened their new place on 15th.
Louies the barber shop is just down the street. Louie, and then Carol cut my hair for years. Old school barber, no women or kids were allowed in Saturday morning, only working men. He always had dirty mags, coffee and a bottle in the back.
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