By Doug Petrowski
Seaun Richards, owner of the Red Onion restaurant and a Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember, announced the location of a second Red Onion eatery via Facebook earlier this week. Red Onion Burgers North will take over space most recently occupied by the Wok-In Teriyaki Restaurant in the Albertson’s strip mall at 212th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West.
“We will be signing leases in the next few days,” Richards wrote in his announcement.
Richards still doesn’t know exactly when the second Red Onion will be open for business. “We are still looking into all of the details,” he told MLTnews.com on Wednesday.
Although still in the Mountlake Terrace city limits, the new location is much closer to Lynnwood and features easier access to and from Interstate 5 than Richard’s current eatery. It shares a shopping center wing that already houses a dry cleaner, an optician, a barber shop, a take-home pizza operation and a video rental store.
In addition to laying the groundwork for the second location, Richards is also dealing with the aftermath of a fire in the 56th Avenue West Red Onion. The restaurant has been closed since Oct. 1, when firefighters were called to extinguish a kitchen fire that broke out there after employees had closed up and left for home.
Fire District 1 has not yet released the findings of their investigation into the fire’s origin.
Richards is also leading the effort of two upcoming special events in the community, the Halloween evening Trunk R Treat and the Nov. 4 Comedy Night and Crab Feed benefit for the MLT Senior Center. Both candy donations for Trunk R Treat and ticket purchases for the comedy show can be made at the Senior Center, 5605-235th St. SW.