Restaurant scene expands in booming Bellevue, Wash.

Restaurant scene expands in booming Bellevue, Wash.

BELLEVUE WASH. —Kemper Freeman’s efforts to convince restaurant operators that this Seattle suburb had the potential to be a dining destination are finally paying off.

After years of promoting Belle-vue, Freeman, a developer and native son of this city just 10 miles east of Seattle, is watching the sleepy suburb awaken as Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. grows its downtown presence, upscale retailers like Neiman Marcus move in, and affluent reside

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