Customers can still order double-fried chicken wings.
Customers can still order double-fried chicken wings.

Suzana Olmos grew up as one of six children to a Korean mother who insisted on keeping a clean house. The oldest daughter, Olmos was responsible for scrubbing the kitchen floor after dinner. She said she’d often protest when things were clean enough already, but her mother wouldn’t budge.

“She’d always say, ‘You’re so lazy, Susan. Susan, you’re so lazy.”

That’s the story behind the name Lazy Susan, the new restaurant Olmos recently opened in the old Crow bistro space at Fifth Avenue North and Aloha Street.

“This place is an ode to my mother and my daughter,” Olmos said.

Despite her often being busy and away from home, she said her daughter, who is now in her final year of college, has always been supportive.

Olmos had walked the Lower Queen Anne space 15 years ago, but it was too big, she said. Crow bistro founders ended up converting the old photography studio into a restaurant space.

“I’m glad they did all the hard work,” Olmos said, “because I would not have wanted to do this.”

Crow partners Jesse Thomas and Philip Van Seters wanted to focus on family and new ventures, respectively, and decided to close Crow on June 22. The restaurant’s popular scratch-made lasagna went north to sister restaurant Betty on Queen Anne Hill.

When Olmos received a call from the building owner that the Crow space was going to be available, she made plans to close her Citizen Six restaurant in Interbay and tweak the concept in the larger space at Fifth and Aloha while remaining focused on a menu influenced by her family.

“I’m Mexican-Korean. My mom is Korean, but my dad’s mother taught her to be able to cook his favorite staples every night,” Olmos said.

Customers can share bulgogi or chorizo fries, kimchi mac-and-cheese (with chorizo), quesadillas and double-fried wings.

“Most of the menu came over, but we just have a lot more kitchen to work with,” Olmos said. “Everyone tries the wings. We did add another flavor for people who don’t like spicy. We added the garlic, ginger soy.”

There’s Korean pork, bulgogi, pork chile verde and spicy tofu bowls and burritos stuffed with Korean flavors.

“The flavors mix really so well,” Olmos said. “Really, they do.”

The larger space for Lazy Susan also allowed Olmos to offer boozy slushies.

She said she splurged on green diamond-tufted bar chairs; Olmos is a fan of green.

“It’s a soothing color, right? Who doesn’t like green?” she said.

Columns are wrapped in tropical flower and pineapple wallpaper.

“Hawaii is our happiest place that we go to many times a year,” Olmos said. “This wallpaper reminds me of it.”

The bathroom wallpaper is peonies, Olmos’ daughter’s favorite.

While the Crow boys had a darker, more intimate interior, Olmos exposed the windows that had been covered over with sheetrock and brightened the walls.

Lazy Susan opened softly earlier this month, and Olmos said she’s looking forward to showing Crow fans what it has to offer.

Down the way is Citizen at 706 Taylor Ave. N., which Olmos opened in 2009. A hot spot for breakfast, Citizen also has a popular beer garden during the spring and summer. But business falls off during the cold, wet months, Olmos said. Now that Lazy Susan is open, she said, she plans to close Citizen at 3 p.m.

Lazy Susan opens at 4 p.m.

5 Spot on top of Queen Anne scrapped its dinner service in August, citing changing demographics. Olmos said it makes good business sense, and the idea is that Citizen staff can pick up extra hours at Lazy Susan.

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