If you need something to end your week on a high note, this is it. Seattle’s oldest restaurant is back after winning a makeover and surviving the pandemic. Have any guesses as to which spot we’re talking about? Of course, we’re talking about Chinatown’s beloved Maneki.

Maneki has been in business for 116 years making it one of Seattle’s oldest restaurants and maybe even one of the oldest on the West Coast. They, like many other restaurants, were hit extremely hard by the pandemic and relied on takeout to keep things going. But in an amazing turn of events, they ended up being one of the winners of Evening’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest, sponsored by Puget Sound Energy.

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Winning this award has allowed the restaurant to undergo $45k worth of upgrades and renovations. Some of those things include new lighting, appliances, and organization for the restaurant’s decor. All the stuff that helps the restaurant function and adds to your overall experience of the place, ya know?

Honestly, we can’t think of many places that deserve this award more than Maneki. We love all of the city’s restaurants but losing this gem might just mean the end of Seattle. And on that note, now is as good a time as any to stop in and give them a visit. That being said, they’re still operating on a takeout basis.

If you’d like to learn more about Maneki’s makeover from Puget Sound Energy you can click here. We will definitely be giving them a visit when they reopen for dine-in as a dinner at Maneki is one of the best dining experiences in the city. Have a great weekend folks!


Where: 304 6th Ave S