Amazon.com’s arrival in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood is bringing thousands of geeks to the once run-down neighborhood. And those developers, engineers and marketing gurus will need to eat, so some of Seattle’s best known restaurants are setting up shop in the neighborhood. The latest arrival is Cactus, which plans to open a massive 5,000 square foot restaurant right across the street from the Amazon headquarters this September.
The restaurant, which will include an outdoor patio with seating for 30 and a private dining area for 50, will be located on northwest corner of Terry Avenue N. and Harrison Street. Cactus follows the arrival of Tom Douglas, who is in the process of opening three of his restaurants next door. It is also part of huge re-development of the area, spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and led by Amazon which is moving into 11 buildings in the neighborhood.
“South Lake Union has become the new epicenter of Seattle and made perfect sense as a new location to expand our business, which we expect will attract a steady stream of customers year-round,” said Bret Chatalas, co-owner of Cactus Restaurants. “It’s an ideal location close to the downtown core and just a few blocks from the lakefront that is a destination for residents, business people and tourists alike. We’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to expand and found it here in the new Amazon.com headquarters.”
Cactus operates three restaurants in the Seattle area: Madison Park, West Seattle and Kirkland. The new South Lake Union restaurant will be the company’s largest to date.
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