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Kigo Asian Kitchen sees growth opportunity in fast casual

Seattle chain taps prominent local restaurateurs Ethan and Angela Stowell as it plots expansion

Kigo Asian Kitchen wants to do to Panda Express what Chipotle Mexican Grill did to Taco Bell.

Founder and CEO Steve Hooper said he sees opportunity for the five-unit chain to carve out a more-elevated position within the world of limited-service Asian fare.

No national player in the Asian space has come close to Panda Express, which has nearly 2,000 units worldwide. But Hooper said Seattle-based Kigo is a contender — albeit with a long way to go.

Correction: June 13, 2017
A source updated a previous statement and clarified that there was an investment in Kigo Asian Kitchen by the Stowells.

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