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Break's over — time for swanky Chop Suey

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The Breakroom, that Capitol Hill bar with the blue-collar atmosphere and punk-rock sound, has been replaced by Chop Suey — a little clubbier, a tad more refined; swank rock, you might call it.

After a private party on Saturday, Chop Suey opens to the public on Wednesday.

Don't let the goofy name fool you; it's a music venue, not a noodle joint.

The Breakroom's slapdash fliers pasted to the plate-glass windows that face Madison? Gone. Replaced by a stylish design that blacks out most of the glass walls, with peek-in portholes.

Construction guy giving the big thumbs up logo? Gone. Replaced by posters of Bruce Lee and an Asian-accented theme.

Pool tables? Gone. Replaced by a front-of-the-club lounge, with leopard carpet, Chinese lanterns, cocktail tables and a wrap-around bench.

Though it, too, has been thoroughly redesigned, the main portion of Chop Suey clings to a rock-club feel, with a concrete floor (you wouldn't want people putting cigarettes out on a carpet, explains Linda Derschang). She's one of the co-owners, with her Baltic Room partners Wade Weigel and Jeff O'Felt. Since these three have also brought the Capitol Club, Linda's Tavern and to Seattle, Chop Suey is eagerly anticipated by clubbers. (In its two-plus years, the Breakroom started strong, but faded.)

As for the music, booker Kerri Harrop says it will still be a rock club, but less punk than the Breakroom, and more indie. The stage is much bigger than the Breakroom's was, and designed with deep reds.

Fila Brazillia, an English remixing duo, launches the club on Wednesday (9 p.m., $13). Dead Low Tide (former Murder City Devils members) performs April 6. Seattle bands 764-HERO and Pretty Girls Make Graves play April 12.

Chop Suey will also have two DJ nights, with underground hip-hop on Sundays and Brit pop spins on Wednesdays.

Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison, 206-324-6628. (Web page coming soon.)

Tom Scanlon: 206-464-3891 or


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