Nue specializes in street food from around the world. Their flavorful, adventurous and unique food and drink is unmatched in Seattle. If you have not had the opportunity to dine at Nue prior to Covid, the food and drink you can get here or via their takeout window will blow you away and you will surely be back for more. The restaurant opened in Capitol Hill in 2015 and quickly garnered a strong community following as well as being a dining destination for tourist from all over the world.
Uyen Nguyen, Owner
Uyen is a first generation immigrant and refugee, coming to the United States at eleven years of age. Her career has followed a typical path; earning her degrees in Pharmacology at UC Santa Barbara, her MS in Biomedical Sciences from UC San Diego, and her MBA specializing in entrepreneurship and venture capital from UC Berkeley. Things finally got interesting when Uyen went to work as an Investment Officer for CalPERS, one of the largest pension funds and investment portfolios in the world where she helped to ensure Californians received great pensions and healthcare.
After spending several years in the arid brownness of California, her desire for greener pastures and her need to be closer to family led her to accept an assignment as Director of Investment for Mekong Capital, a private equity firm focusing on mid-growth consumer businesses in Vietnam.
After several years of “green pasturing” in 100% humidity, Uyen relocated to Seattle. After being firmly established in the Evergreen state, yet still unwilling to discard her love of travel & an international lifestyle (see: eat lots of different foods and learn about various cultures), Uyen co-founded Nue. Now her days are spent doing everything under the sun to keep Nue functioning and making it a great place for both guests to visit and employees to work. With all that, she still finds time to video chat with her nephews 5 times a day while also trying to change the world through being on boards for charitable causes and serves as a Sister on the Planet Ambassador for Oxfam America.
Chris Cvetkovich – Owner/Chef Patron
Chris has been scouring the corners of the globe for exciting food and drink for over 25 years. From the jungles of Kalimantan to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, there’s literally nothing edible he’s discovered that he hasn’t been thrilled to eat…or at least try.
Always an entrepreneur, Chris started his first company, designing marketing materials and 3D animations for businesses while still earning his degree. After college, and wanting a fresh, creative outlet, he joined the growing video games industry, working as a 3D environment artist on numerous PC and Console titles. During all of this, his unrelenting drive for international travel and food kept him continuously cooking and exploring.
Finally wanting to meld his dedication for food and art, Chris founded, and continues to run Animation Kitchen, a 3D animation studio with a focus on the Food Science Industry. Clients of Animation Kitchen include the Culinary Institute of America and CHOW, among others.
His hobby blog, Thingsaboutfood, is all for fun and as such, is written to introduce readers to quirky ingredients and techniques that may seem new and unfamiliar, but are readily available in American’s own “backyard”.
At the end of 2013, about mid-way through a 3 month, 22 country road trip throughout Europe, it became apparent to him that opening a restaurant was the next, logical step. Perhaps seeming ‘logical’ was due to the hypnotizing effects of driving through long stretches of Bulgarian corn fields, or quite possibly an artifact of the low-grade, head-buzz one gets from drinking too much Slovakian Burčák but regardless, Nue is built, ingredients have been sourced and excitedly, there’s no turning back.