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Seattle is getting a second Chik-Fil-A, and it's the first one that's close to downtown.
The city permits indicate plans for a Chick-Fil-A of 2,700 square feet at 1551 W Armory Way, Interbay, next to Whole Foods. The Atlanta-based company's representatives, however, confirmed that there are no new restaurants at this time.
A spokesperson told The Business Journal that they are constantly evaluating new locations to provide great food and service to existing customers as well as new ones.
Ware Malcomb, a Bellevue architecture firm, is responsible for the design of this site. The site plan calls for a patio with 28 seats and 40 parking spaces.
North Seattle's only Chick-Fil-A location is located on Aurora Avenue. Other locations include Bothell and Lynnwood. Chick-Fil-A has attracted large crowds in the past.
South Lake Union Wine Tasting
Vulcan's Lake Union Piers is a development that will be built on the former Chandler's Cove in South Lake Union.
Ackley Brands, based in Seattle, will fill 3,000 square foot for a winery-tasting room on the 60,000-square foot project. The restaurant will be located at 901 Fairview Ave.N., next to a fine-dining restaurant called Lakeside South Lake Union.
In a press release, President Brandon Ackley stated that he was "excited" to open the new tasting room at South Lake Union. The space will be dedicated to brands that reflect Washington and Oregon wine regions' unique sense of place and terroir.
Ackley's tasting room will be 2,000 square foot, with an additional patio. The remainder will be used for office space and permits.
The tasting room will open in 2024. The tasting room will feature brands such as Montinore Estates, Landlines Estates and Borealis Vintners. This is the second brick-and mortar space for the brand in the Puget Sound region, after its Woodinville Tasting Room at the Schoolhouse District.
Ada M. Healey, Chief Real Estate Officer at Vulcan, said: "The new tasting room is a wonderful addition to South Lake Union. It will elevate the local wineries while sharing a profound appreciation for world-class wines."