Restaurant build-out of ‘Big Chickie’ will transform abandoned Hillman City service station into neighborhood eatery

We’re excited to announce our collaboration with Seattle restaurateur Matt Stubbs and design firm Architecture Building Culture to revitalize an abandoned service station in South Seattle’s Hillman City (see Google image above) through the build-out of a new restaurant.

Located at the corner of Rainier Avenue and Findlay Street, Big Chickie will be a quick-service neighborhood eatery specializing in pollo a la brasa, Peruvian-style charcoal rotisserie chicken. Named in honor of Matt’s busy mom and the pollo a la brasa takeout his family loved growing up, the new restaurant will open this summer.

The last few years have brought exciting new development to Hillman City, which has struggled to attract development in the shadow of its popular/well-known neighbor Columbia City. Big Chickie promises to add a jolt of momentum to that development, and we’re honored to be part of the effort. The site, a former service station that served the neighborhood for years, is a central and highly visible one, with thousands of passersby every day. So its revitalization will have both practical and symbolic impact.

Big Chickie Restaurant Build-out: Pergola Construction
Pergola construction at our restaurant build-out of Big Chickie.

Big Chickie has considerable momentum already, earning a nice article in last week’s Seattle Met, a mention in Eater, and several hundred followers on its recently-launched Facebook page.

We’ll keep you posted on progress and look forward to sharing stories about the collective effort and talents going into this project of transformation.

– Zack

Big Chickie Restaurant Construction Team
Team members Eli Semke (lead carpenter) and Suzanne DuBois (project administrator) review plans.

Big Chickie Restaurant Construction: Interior
Construction of the interior of Big Chickie is underway.

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