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 residents looking to shop, ...

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