Pop-up hit Hamdi plans new restaurant in Ballard

It’ll be in the former Tarsan i Jane space

Two chefs prepare a whole roast lamb on a spit

Hamdi has gained acclaimed for its whole-roast lamb.

Photo by @dylan_eats_everything

Pop those corks. Turkish street food pop-up Hamdi — which has been wowing locals for over a a year — just landed a permanent location. Chef Berk Güldal and his partner Katrina Schult will soon take over the former Tarsan i Jane space at 4012 Leary Way NW.

There’s no timeline yet for when the full-fledged operation will open, but Hamdi plans to give a preview in the space soon. Menu items could include Berk’s amazing hand-minced kebabs + whole-roast lamb.

Hamdi will be in good company, because if you’ve been following the local food scene for awhile, you know that there are plenty of other pop-up-to-permanent restaurant success stories, including:

Also in the pop-up to permanent vein, former Chophouse Row lunch counter By Tae has also found a new home — the former Tippe and Drague Alehouse space in Beacon Hill. Like Hamdi, By Tae’s new spot will likely be one of the most anticipated restaurant debuts of the year.

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