In the midst of celebrating its 25th anniversary, Madison Valley’s haven for lovely, lively vegetarian food is making a move you wouldn’t quite expect:Cafe Flora is opening a second location at Sea-Tac, delivering what might be the most ambitious plant-based airport dining in the nation.
Floret (great name) will combine some Cafe Flora favorites with new creations geared towards travelers, including plenty of things you can grab to eat on the plane. Produce will come from the same local and organic purveyors who supply the restaurant, coffee will be Stumptown, and fliers craving sweets will have a whole lineup of vegan and gluten-free desserts, not to mention morning options like Flora’s vegan cinnamon roll.
Going the airport route might seem a surprise, but owner Nat Stratton-Clarke, who regularly flies back to the UK to see his family, points out that vegetarians get short shrift even in this era of fancy, chef-driven airport projects (that goes double for vegans). But the thing that really sold him on opening in Sea-Tac was the space. Floret will occupy a new spot between the A and B terminals, its dining room sporting a 27-foot bank of windows overlooking the runway. These 1,800 light-filled square feet seemed a fitting spinoff for a restaurant beloved for its plant- and tree-filled atrium. Stratton-Clarke says he’ll fill this new space with greenery, “to create a relaxing, stress-free environment”—as much as such a thing is possible when air travel is involved.