West Seattle new-restaurant update: New Luck Toy hoping for October opening


Almost six months after going public with their plan to turn the former Chopstix/Ho-Win into the new New Luck Toy, its proprietors are hoping to open next month.

As we continue following up on West Seattle’s next wave of restaurants/bars, we checked in today with Chef Mark Fuller, who you know best from Ma’Ono Fried Chicken and Whisky in The Junction. He and Patric Gabre-Kidan are partners in New Luck Toy (5905 California SW), which Fuller says will get its sign this Friday – you might already have noticed the facade’s being painted this week (photo above, taken shortly before publication). They hope to open in the second week of October.

In the meantime, the basics: New Luck Toy is not a restaurant with a bar – Fuller says it “is a bar that will offer a small menu (16-20 items) of classic Chinese-American dishes. 50 seats and a private karaoke room that will accommodate up to 8 people, cozily. Hours will be 4 pm til 2 am.”

About that menu – we asked for a sneak peek and – here it is! (Chef Fuller adds the qualifier that it’s a “sample menu” that “has changed a bit but is mostly the same.”) Beverages? “Frozen drinks and cocktails on draft.”

What’s the biggest reaction they’ve had? “The feedback we have received is that people are excited to have New Luck Toy in West Seattle again.”

If you’re new around here – the New Luck Toy was an old-school Chinese restaurant in the heart of The Junction, where Talarico’s is now (and has been for a decade), about a mile north of the NEW New Luck Toy. Chef Fuller notes that the interior decor will include “a couple original artifacts from the original NLT, thanks to several people in the community who helped unearth these pieces.” (It will have a few pieces of the old Ho-Win, too.)

And if you haven’t already figured it out – New Luck Toy will be 21+.

Looking for our other recent previews/updates? WSB restaurant stories are archived here, newest to oldest.

37 Replies to "West Seattle new-restaurant update: New Luck Toy hoping for October opening"

  • Claire Barrett September 13, 2016 (5:01 pm)

    Really wonder if worth the trip up from Gig Harbor.  The only thing that sounds like the old luck toy is the name.  Thought you were going to have same or some of the same dishes.  I think we three planning on coming one of which was old bartender and two very frequent customers are having doubts.  

    • Kay Trepanier September 18, 2016 (6:46 pm)

      Hi there!

      Right on, Claire!

      Danny Louie must have sold the name rights to these new people.  It will not be the same.  Limited menu, cooks are not the same and nothing beats the old Luck Toy food.  Old cooks have gone to the Luck Toy in the sky.  Too bad Mr. Lee is dead.

      Totally different food and probably $20 specialty drinks.

      Danny, why did you sell naming rights.

  • Gayle September 13, 2016 (5:01 pm)

    How about some old new luck toy food, tempura prawns, BBQ pork, egg flower soup, vegetable egg foo young,  real pork fried rice, real sweet and sour sauce.

  • The Mar September 13, 2016 (5:40 pm)

    No kids, no pizza- sounds wonderful 

    • Oakley34 September 13, 2016 (7:47 pm)

      But the pizza are our future!?!

  • Morgan September 13, 2016 (5:53 pm)

    Looks great! Congrats on the progress guys- look forward to cheking you out

  • Mary September 13, 2016 (5:59 pm)

    Wish it had never closed in the first place.

  • RayWest September 13, 2016 (6:37 pm)

    I’m guessing home delivery is out, but what about ordering for take out? It sounds quite good, but I’m not sure why everyone is saying that The New Luck Toy is back. It’s a totally different restaurant and different owners with the old name attached to it.  I hope it lasts and can’t wait to try it.

    • East Coast Cynic September 13, 2016 (7:27 pm)

      I’m also interested in if they will offer takeout.  Hopefully if the demand for food is great, they’ll expand the menu.

  • Lisa September 13, 2016 (6:40 pm)

    Wait, let’s get to the important facts. Will they deliver?

  • Yezzz September 13, 2016 (6:53 pm)

    Cannot wait! Been looking forward to this forever it seems.

  • Greta September 13, 2016 (6:56 pm)

    This is exciting news!! Can hardly wait😊

  • Double Dub Resident September 13, 2016 (7:13 pm)

    So are they bringing back the cheap strong drinks,  the mediocre karaoke,  hence the cheap strong drinks and that “wonderful”  seedy atmosphere? I think that’s what the old New Luck Toy survived on 

  • Tim September 13, 2016 (7:47 pm)

    The old New Luck Toy was like the bar scene from Star Wars.

    I loved going there. 

  • sc September 13, 2016 (8:39 pm)

    I agree with Gayle, bring back some of the Old New Luck Toy menu items. 

  • chemist September 13, 2016 (9:42 pm)

    Just when I start going through the menus at New Teriyaki and Wok, the New Luck Toy opens up even closer to me.  Woo hoo!

  • Takeout Please! September 13, 2016 (9:57 pm)

    Yeah, seconding a massive hope for take-out.

  • Junction Lady September 13, 2016 (10:17 pm)

    Very cool that New Luck Toy will be in West Seattle again-remember the crab fried rice!

  • KURT September 14, 2016 (12:49 am)

    I can’t wait for an old fashioned bar with decent food. And there’s no pizza!

  • Heidi Fish September 14, 2016 (8:12 am)

    West Seattle has grown so much. And with the YenWor losing its lease We are in need of a great Chinese restaurant,  what perfect timing to bring back a name that had a fabulous business behind it. Looking forward to seeing this come to life. 

    Congrats this is way cool…….

  • sc September 14, 2016 (8:18 am)

    When did Yen Wor lose its lease?  

  • HelperMonkey September 14, 2016 (8:24 am)

    All you people in the comments pining for the food of the old New Luck Toy – did you ever actually eat there? That was by far the WORST Chinese food EVER. Like laughably bad. I am dying laughing that anyone would be nostalgic for the food. Everything tasted the same and everything tasted like rancid eggroll oil. I am looking forward to this new iteration of the Toy and sincerely hope the food is better. It certainly couldn’t be worse! (Oh – and for the person who wanted the old bartender back? She’s working at the Eagles now.) 

    • Dan September 14, 2016 (9:25 am)

      Why do you have a vendetta against bad Chinese food?  People love substandard Chinese grub.  The only things better are cruel Mexican gruel and bad American pap.

    • Bill Harris September 14, 2016 (11:02 am)

      I and my departed lady friend used to go there on a regular basis to enjoy a good martini and have what we considered good Chinese American food.   We would sit in the restaurant, dine, and listen and smile at the sound of the people trying to sing karaoke wafting out of the bar…  :)   Good food and Great memories..

    • MsD September 14, 2016 (11:47 am)

      I never ate at the old New Luck Toy, but if their food was worse than Yen Wor, that really is quite an accomplishment.  

    • Kay Trepanier September 18, 2016 (6:49 pm)

      You are not a very good customer.  The old bartender is retired and living on Hoods Canal.  She worked there for 30 years.  Then she went to the Chelan but hasn’t been there for years.  You probably haven’t been to The Chelan lately either, as Georgia hasn’t been there for years.  And the Luck Toy food was excellent.

  • Double Dub Resident September 14, 2016 (9:10 am)

    Helper Monkey,  I agree with you 100%, I never went to the Toy to eat  and I think we all know they survived off the bar much like the Wor did  

  • Bill Harris September 14, 2016 (10:41 am)

    there was a waiter who worked for the old new luk toy whose name was Singh (sp?)  I looked for him for quite a while after I discovered they had closed.   I would love it if someone knew where he wound up…and you could let me know….. harriswr@comcast.net.

  • lg September 14, 2016 (1:50 pm)

    so their 3 ‘tofu’ items all have meat in them? could def be vegetarian friendly without much effort, hope they get there…

  • Juneau&46th September 14, 2016 (2:32 pm)

    Wait, what about the drink menu? Most important part, especially as it is staggering distance from my house. 

  • Jeanne September 14, 2016 (4:49 pm)

    did the Yen Wor lose its lease??? Can anyone confirm this?? Now, that’s a staple in West Seattle 

    • WSB September 14, 2016 (5:37 pm)

      I didn’t notice that comment until yours. Won’t be able to check until tomorrow … if anyone can debunk or confirm, please do so here or e-mail us — editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

  • ally September 14, 2016 (5:44 pm)

    If you all are looking for that good old 1950’s Chinese food go to Wah Kue’s in Burien. 1st Ave and 136th St, yeah the Parents/owners finally retired but I heard the cook took over so it wouldn’t close down completely.

  • RayWest September 14, 2016 (6:52 pm)

    I wish someone would bring back the Golden Sun. It was good American Chinese food.

  • KD September 14, 2016 (7:47 pm)

    Go to Lucky Chinese on 4th. So. and Mead (up from St. Vincent de Paul and across the street from the Showgirls ‘Kittens.’) Nice couple, not much of a fancy looking place, but good food. It’s busy during lunch, but open everyday (not Sun.) till 9:00pm. Easy parking right in front. We enjoy the food there. (Lucky Chinese House Fried Rice.. yummmmm!)

  • IsleWrite September 16, 2016 (6:17 pm)

    Burien’s Wah Kue is a pip. Lovely folks, classic decor (the bar is ring a ding ding Rat Pack simplified in black and red) and the food is clean and fresh. It’s my go to for “good quality” Chinese American that we grew up on. Lots of extra fortune cookies and strooooong drinks!

  • Anon September 18, 2016 (2:22 pm)

    Dive bar and 2am in Seaview. I think we’re more of the Game of Thrones and in by bed at 11 set. I have lived sown the street for 9 years and place after place has failed. I’m cautiously optimistic. I’m hoping they expand the menu. I have missed having a decent Chinese place close by, although New Terriyaki is pretty good and far cleaner than Ho Win was.

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