Ivar’s to open Sea-Tac kiosk service as airport debuts new restaurants

Local newcomers at the airport include Elliott Bay Book Co., Caffe D'arte, and Skillet.

Over a dozen new restaurants and businesses will open up shop at Sea-Tac Airport over the next two years, the airport announced Wednesday.

Later this year, eight new restaurants will open at the airport, including Starbucks Evenings, Rel’Lish burger lounge, Papa Woody’s, Stone House Café, Camdenfoodco., Le Grand Comptoir, Capitol Hill Food Hall, and Ballard Brew Hall.

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Newcomers in 2019 and 2020 include local restaurants Skillet, Sunset Fried Chicken, and Caffe D’arte, as well as Elliott Bay Book Company and Sub Pop.

Ivar’s, which did not have its lease renewed during a round of bids last summer, is one of three restaurants that will soon begin serving food from a kiosk near the Central Terminal renovation. Pallino’s and Subway will also have kiosks near the renovation work.

“We’re disappointed,” said Ivar’s president Bob Donegan said in a statement Wednesday. “We have loved serving our loyal customers at SeaTac and we’re very sorry we won’t be able to continue.”

Thousands of people protested the decision to not renew the iconic restaurant’s lease, writing letters and speaking out to the Port of Seattle, which reviews the bids.

Following the battle with Ivar’s, the Port changed its evaluation process for bids in June to add weight to customer preference and change how points are earned for Northwest Sense of Place and capital investment.

Related: Ivar's fights back after losing lease renewal bid

Donegan said those who contacted the Port on behalf of Ivar’s would receive a gift cup of chowder.

Full list of new and changing businesses and restaurants in 2019 and 2020:

Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen

Caffe D’arte

Lummi Marché & Bar

Seattle Beer Union


Sourced Market

Sunset Fried Chicken


Vyne Washington Tasting Room

9th & Pike Artisanal Sandwiches & Salads

Elliott Bay Book Co.

ExOfficio (Currently operated in the Central Terminal; new location at the intersection of Concourse A and B)


Hudson/Alki/Hudson News

Maui Jims


Sub Pop (updated retail space)

Something Silver

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