The Port of Seattle on Friday reopened the south side of its Central Terminal and debuted several new restaurants completed in the first phase of its Central Terminal Renovation.
“Welcome back to the Central Terminal,” Port of Seattle Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck said during a media event last Friday. “We are halfway through a major customer service and facilities upgrade that gives our passengers more dining choices and more space to relax and recharge. This renovation also helps achieve our objective to increase business and job opportunities at the airport and to ensure that these opportunities are available to all.”
Travelers now can expect restored views of the airfield, new furniture, and five new eateries with more to follow in the coming months. The newly-opened restaurants include: Lucky Louie Fish Shack, Evergreens Salad, Pallino Pastaria, Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, and Koi Shi Sushi Bento.
Lucky Louie Fish Shack will serve fast-casual seafood — like fish & chips made from wild Alaskan Pollock, gluten-free clam chowder, and honey teriyaki salmon — by Seattle chef Kathy Casey.
“Lucky Louie Fish Shack is a restaurant truly created from my heart,” Casey said in a statement. “As a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I loved going to local fish and chip joints during summer trips to the beach. Operating partner Stacy House and I are thrilled to share these nostalgic, local flavors with passengers.”
Evergreens Salad will provide travelers with healthy and convenient salads, wraps, and grain bowls with expedited pick-up and rewards courtesy of its Evergreens Salad app.
“We could not be more excited to open in Sea-Tac’s Central Terminal and provide healthy, delicious food to the millions of travelers who come through the airport every year,” Evergreens Salad’s President and Co-Founder Hunter Brooks said in a statement. “Customize your favorite made-to-order salad, wrap or grain bowl, or utilize our online ordering or grab-n-go features; our food is absolutely ideal for the active traveler on the go.”
Pei Wei Asian Kitchen is a fast-casual eatery which wok-sears its ingredients to create a sit-down-quality meal with on-the-go expediency. Dishes include wok classics featuring rice, noodle, and salad bowls. Or, travelers can opt for lighter options like lettuce wraps and sushi.
Speaking of sushi, nearby Koi Shi Sushi Bento offers made-to-order Japanese delicacies including sushi, sashimi, and create-your-own poke bowls. Passengers may opt to enjoy their meal at the high-top sushi bar or grab a bento box.
Too much Asian-inspired food for your pasta-loving palette? Try Pallino Pastaria, a local Italian-American eatery which has been serving Sea-Tac passengers for years. Early birds will enjoy its breakfast pizzas along with a jolt from the self-serve espresso bar. Later in the day, passengers can grab pizza, pasta, subs, soups, or salads.
“Sea-Tac Airport is a gateway to the Pacific Northwest,” David Montanaro, Managing Partner of Pallino said in a statement. “It is a privilege to play a role in representing the region and to continue our tradition of welcoming and comforting travelers with great food and service.”
While passengers will take notice of the cosmetic changes — such as the storefronts of the new eateries as well as the updated furniture — much of the renovation work thus far has been completed behind the scenes in the form of new HVAC systems, updated tenant spaces, an elevator, and stairs.
Lance Lyttle, managing director of Sea-Tac Airport, said this is only the beginning of updated facilities at the airport and promises travelers will see something new approximately every 90 days.
“We are building and renovating facilities around the airport to increase dining, retail, and passenger services,” Lyttle said. “This is our strategy to meet the needs of more annual passengers while creating new business and job opportunities at the airport.”
In addition to the Central Terminal Renovation, the Port is investing $3.7 billion between 2017 and 2022 in more than 100 projects which it deems critical, including the North Satellite Modernization and International Arrivals Facility.
For more information on the developing projects at Sea-Tac, visit the Port of Seattle online.