Former Seahawk Marshawn Lynch bringing restaurant to downtown Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Former Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch is partnering with a local restaurateur to open a restaurant in downtown Portland.

The sports-themed restaurant, BEAST, will be adjacent to the 180-room Hotel Vance and serve Hawaiian cuisine, according to a news release. His partner is Kevin Yamada, owner of Kama’aina Comfort Foods of Hawaii & Two Zone Korean Fried Chicken. 

Lynch, who was raised by his Filipino grandmother, is a quarter Pinoy. Many of the recipes that will be featured at BEAST are original recipes from his grandmother or were inspired by her. The restaurant is expected to open in September or October.

Known to many fans as "Beast Mode," Lynch spent six seasons with Seattle during the best stretch of his career. He was a member of the "Legion of Boom" players who defined the most dominant era in Seahawks history. 

He retired in April 2019, but returned to the Seahawks in December 2019 to play the last game of the regular season and the playoffs. 

He'll always be remembered for his touchdown run in the 2010 playoffs against New Orleans that helped establish the “Beast Mode” persona. It was the top of the long list of highlights with the Seahawks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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