The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

June 1, 2008

A Mystery Restaurant in Renton – What Was This Previously?

Filed under: Food, Renton — Brian Lutz @ 1:23 am

This one’s just a bit outside of this Blog’s usual territory, but this is a place that I have been curious about for a while.  This is the Stir Restaurant, an Asian restaurant in Renton that is on Bronson Way right next to one of the I-405 onramps.  Based on the overall appearance of the building, it’s pretty apparent that this used to be some sort of fast food restaurant, but I haven’t been able to determine exactly what it was previously.  Some features of the building (particularly the orange “stripe” on the underside of the roof) seem reminiscent of something you might have found on an older Hardee’sRestaurant (link goes to a site with a some pictures of Hardee’s restaurants for illustration) before those places got turned into clones of Carl’s Jr.,  but I haven’t ever seen anything to suggest that Hardee’s ever existed in this state (or even west of the Rockies, for that matter.)     I suppose there’s also the possibility that this could have been a Jack in the Box (I seem to recall seeing that roof style on some of the older ones) but I can’t be sure of that either.  Does anyone out there happen to know what this place used to be?




  1. Perhaps a completely wild stab in the dark but I’m looking at it and thinking Shakey’s Pizza.

    Comment by Jeff — June 2, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  2. I remember the old Hardee’s being a lot brighter orange, with an obnoxious orange/blue colour scheme…. another stretch, but I’m gonna say ancient Pizza Hut.

    Comment by reccaphoenix — June 3, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

  3. that used to be a Herfys many years ago. I think that then it was a Burger King.

    Comment by Judy — June 3, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

  4. Herfy’s makes sense, but there is a Burger King over there a block or two to the North, so I don’t know if that was ever there. Herfy’s is a name that has actually come up in some of my old newspaper research a number of times (they used to be one of the big fast food chains in this area, but were pretty much gone by the Eighties,) but I really don’t know a whole lot about them, and the current version of Herfy’s that has appeared in recent years has little to do with the old one besides sharing the name and logo.

    Comment by Brian Lutz — June 4, 2008 @ 12:08 am

  5. Okay, I’ll retract my earlier guess and jump on the Herfy’s bandwagon. I think this building is very similar to the current Herfy’s in Auburn.

    Comment by Jeff — June 5, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  6. Eight years ago it was a different Chinese restaurant. There is a Shakey’s pizza up in Fairwood, but it is stuffed into an office-type building and looks way out of place. If Stir kept the old furniture, that would be telling, but we heard it isn’t very good and haven’t been. (Hong’s Garden by the airport is good enough in my book.) So, chalk me up to “*shrug*”.

    Comment by J. John — June 6, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

  7. I seem to also recall that this was a Herfy’s at one time.

    Comment by Melanie — June 14, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

  8. It was a Chinese restaurant (although not “Stir”) for as long as I can remember — at least since the early ’90s, when we bought a house down 169 in Maple Valley. But I think it was there well before that, too.

    Of course, due north of “Stir” is “Renton Spa,” or whatever they’re calling the, ahem, massage place nowadays. (It was raided by the vice squad not long ago.) North of that is a small business-class hotel — with Stir and the Spa, I always thought they should advertise as “near dining and entertainment.”

    Comment by James David Walley — December 13, 2009 @ 12:12 am

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