Nestled on a corner near the base of Queen Anne Avenue, Uptown China is little more than a stone's throw from Seattle Center. The restaurant's wine red awning acts as beacon of hospitality. People come from near and far to partake in the savory Chinese cuisine, a combination of Hunan, Szechwan and a touch of Cantonese, with luscious tangy sauces that invigorate the natural flavors of the quality ingredients. It's a casual atmosphere, whether diners choose to eat in the cozy bar area or the family-friendly dining room with its welcoming bamboo yellow walls and mint green booths. Over the years, the restaurant has built an eclectic clientele of all ages and backgrounds, a delightful mix of actors, dancers and musicians, athletes and sports fans, professionals and business moguls--and neighbors galore.
A hands-on entrepreneur with a warm, smiling countenance and lots of style, owner Yu-Mei Wang likes to get to know her patrons, so the comfortable lounge becomes a living room. Every evening, she makes rounds, sitting down for a cozy chat with her customers. Regulars meet and greet each other like old friends. In fact, locals often describe