After a two-year absence from the International District, Unicone is opening a location in the Uwajimaya food court tomorrow.
"We really like to read Yelp, and a lot of people were not very happy when we left Chinatown," says Christopher Beyeler, co-owner of the whimsical Japanese crepe shop.
Unicone opened in 2008 as Unicorn Crepes, introducing many Seattle eaters to the rolled sweet and savory treats that are common street fare in Japan. But Beyeler and founder Yumu Steimman weren't happy with the terms of their lease, so they turned over the store to Fuji Bakery and moved their crepe concept to Southcenter Mall. The stand re-opened as Unicone.
"One of our customers came up with it because we serve our crepes in cones," Beyeler says. "We thought it was a great idea."
Once settled in Tukwila, Beyeler and Steimman added more meaty crepes to their menu, including chicken teriyaki, chicken ranch, chicken Caesar salad and Thai peanut chicken. They plan to serve all of those crepes at Uwajimaya, as well as new pizza crepes and okonomiyaki, a traditional Japanese seafood omelet.
"We're focusing on savory," Beyeler says.
But Unicone isn't giving up on custard and whipped cream. For sweet crepe fans, the stand's bringing back crepes made with mochi; Beyeler says the necessary ingredients weren't available near Southcenter.
"It was one of our most popular crepes," Beyeler says.