Where and how do tech workers eat? Restaurateurs tell mag what Seattle growth means for fine dining

Free bananas and taco vans could look like the first meals supply for tech workers who take the time to truly step out from behind a pc display screen. However is there extra to it than that on the subject of the culinary pursuits of Seattle’s rising workforce?

A brand new piece in Seattle Met magazine takes a take a look at the downtown Seattle restaurant scene, notably fine dining institutions, and affords perception, anecdotally, about whether or not Amazon staff and others are driving enterprise or driving it away.

Longtime restaurateur Tom Douglas, with 30-plus years within the kitchen and 18-plus properties, advised the journal that elevated site visitors within the downtown core, and a rise in on-line procuring, has modified the dynamic on the subject of who is likely to be strolling right into a restaurant for a sit-down dinner.

However all these cranes spinning round are constructing high-rise residences filled with hungry tech workers, aren’t they? Where, what and how are they consuming?

Jake Kosseff is co-founder of Miller’s Guild and the fancier new Circadia — billed as a joyful mixture of “old-school glamour and quintessential Northwest sensibilities” in a GeekWire post last year. He advised Seattle Met that Amazonians and different tech workers dine at uncommon instances and they like to take a seat within the bar or lounge space. That distinction led Kosseff and his companions to tweak what they discovered at Miller’s Guild and permit for a “large quantity” of bar/lounge area at Circadia.

Douglas, who runs TanakaSan and different eateries out of Via6, a Sixth Avenue condominium constructing that appears out at Amazon’s high-rise towers and glass-encased domes, can sit within the foyer and watch “50 deliveries of meals pull up an evening,” he advised Seattle Met.

“I feel having meals delivered to your private home is actually the brand new going out,” Douglas mentioned. “I feel it’s considered in the identical manner. I imply, whenever you’re paying $2,000 a month for your condominium, you wish to spend time there.”

Douglas mentioned he does extra enterprise in an evening from prospects within the 100-room Resort Andra on Fourth Avenue than he does from the 700 residences in Via6.

Seattle Met additionally caught up with Matt Dillon, proprietor of Sitka & Spruce and different Seattle eateries. Dillon mentioned younger tech workers who stare at a pc all day aren’t used to being rewarded with dialog or one thing that’s really price touching. Going to a restaurant is all about simply that, he mentioned.

That may appear to be a little bit of a dig at anybody who has ever loved the graceful contact of a free banana, or the idle banter of a Postmates supply man.

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