One of Belltown’s Finest Restaurants Relocating to SLU
If you’re a downtown resident, then you may have already heard about plans the Flying Fish restaurant has made in regards to moving to South Lake Union. If you’re not from the area, The Flying Fish is probably one of Belltown’s last remaining fine dining restaurants. In a recent article in the Seattle Times, chef Chris Keff explains her motivation to seek a new lease elsewhere.
That’s a far cry from what’s been happening in Belltown, Keff insists, where the bar scene has overtaken the dining scene and movement and closures continue unabated. (Recent deaths include Belltown Bistro and Cucina De-Ra, and several high-profile restaurant spaces remain on the market.) In Belltown, Keff says, “You’ve got a lot of small landlords who never get together to have any say in what happens around them. And before you know it, things have gone to hell”.
With Enso doing as well as it has, and with every visit to SLU seeming to always have a new discovery, the Flying Fish is expected to thrive at the modern built location.
Although South Lake Union has yet to fully develop, the neighborhood is certainly more than it used to be just a couple of years ago. Although it’s still very quite at night, it shouldn’t be more than a few years away before SLU opens the first plant/lamp shop. In the meantime, the Butabi brothers are planning on meeting with Mr. Zadir about opening only the coolest club in Belltown once the Flying Fish relocates to the Westlake/Terry building sometime around May.