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"Finally, a tenant for ex-Boston Market"

"The defunct Boston Market restaurant on Bucklin Hill Road finally is showing signs of new life. Although the silver step ladder presumably left by the previous occupants is still in the front vestibule, the chairs have been unstacked and moved from the corner, and set at tables arranged around the spacious dining room.Workmen can be seen scurrying around making last minute adjustments while new co-owners Chung Nguyen and Tim Ryan finish setting up equipment and food preparation areas in preparation for the proposed Jan. 28 grand opening.It makes sense, said Nguyen of the pair's purchase of the trademark black-and-white Boston Market building. It's in great condition, it's a great location, we couldn't let (the opportunity) go by.It's exciting. We've been looking for something like this, he added.This will be Nguyen's second teriyaki restaurant in Kitsap County. He opened his first, also Chung Teriyaki, in Poulsbo five years ago.It's been growing like wildfire, Nguyen noted.We've been very busy, we're really doing well but the space is very small, he said. At the Poulsbo location, there's no room for dining in. Basically it's a call in and pick up, or grab and go operation.That's why Nguyen is excited about his new Silverdale location.Here we have space, and a pick-up window, he Customers can call in an order, then pick it up at the drive-through window.Eventually he hopes to have a drive-through window operation as well, as soon as he can work out the logistics, Nguyen said.Teriyaki is Japanese by origin, but has different interpretations, including Korean.Nguyen's teriyaki will be more Vietnamese style, he said. The way we cook and marinate food is unlike any other.The menu is similar to that in Poulsbo, basically beef, chicken, pork and tofu. We make our own sauces, and a few jokes in the process, apparently, according to Nguyen.When asked once by a Poulsbo customer what his restaurant specialized in, he said he replied, Norwegian teriyaki.Our philosophy is, fast and fast, he said.They'll also have a steam table and preparation area at the front counter, where customers can watch their order being prepared, Nguyen said.One thing we want is for people to see how we do it, we go very fast,he said.This kind of thing is challenging, he said, clearly excited about this new venture.Tim Ryan is his partner in the Silverdale store, and his landlord for the Poulsbo Chung Teriyaki, Nguyen said. He's the big man.But he's also my foster father, Nguyen added. It's kind of a family thing, it gives us an opportunity to do something together.Nguyen came to the United States from Vietnam in 1981 to live with the Ryans in the Kingston-Poulsbo area.He opened his first restaurant, a Chinese food establishment called the Golden Lion, in 1989. It took the place of a Mexican restaurant that frustrated Nguyen when it closed.I used to sell Christmas trees on a lot Tim let me use in Poulsbo, and I would go to the restaurant for lunch, and to warm up. One year everything was closed up. I was standing outside, cold and wet, and I said, 'Hey, maybe I should open up a business in here, he said.Despite the fact he had no experience in the restaurant business, Nguyen plunged ahead, acquiring a partner and eventually buying him out.He later sold the Chinese restaurant and opened Chung Teriyaki in Poulsbo.One thing he's learned is that running a restaurant is a 24-hour business, Nguyen said.There's no time for family. I tried to look for something to cut the time down I spend at the business. That's why I came up with teriyaki, he said.The Silverdale restaurant will also put him a little closer to his Seabeck home, and family.Nguyen and Oanh Truong, his wife, have a daughter, 5, and 3-month old son named Tim, for his foster father.His wife is finishing her residency as a family physician, and they try to spend as much time as possible together, he said.He was able to shut down his restaurant for Christmas and New Years Day this year.It worked out very nicely. I can have people set up very easily at the Poulsbo and Silverdale restaurants, he said. I make sure I spend two days a week (with his family.)Chung Teriyaki is located at 3111 Bucklin Hill Road, east of Silverdale Way. The big opening date is Jan. 28. I think we'll be ready for that, he said. "

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