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'Fine dining is not what Seattle needs now': Canlis closes, opens to-go options instead

Canlis, widely considered Seattle's most iconic restaurant, announced today that it is closing its fine-dining restaurant and opening three in its place: a breakfast bagel shed, a burger drive-thru for lunch, and a family meal dinner delivery service.

Co-owners Brian and Mark Canlis announced the news on social media Thursday morning, March 12.

"Time's are changing and so are we. For now," reads the post. "We're shutting down our dining room and bringing the food out to you."

The restaurant opened in 1950, and regularly wins local, national and international awards for its food, bar program, and hospitality.

"This is one idea for safely creating jobs for our employees while serving as much of the city as we can," reads the restaurant's website.

[Click the picture above to hear audio as aired on KOMO Newsradio with KOMO's Elisa Jaffe and Canlis co-owner Mark Canlis]

The three options replacing the dining room will all be housed at/around Canlis' location off Aurora Ave. N, and service will start as early as Monday, March 16.

The Bagel Shed

Per the restaurant's website, The Bagel Shed will open Tuesday March 17 and serve bagels, spreads, breakfast sandwiches and coffee. After Tuesday, hours will be 8 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Drive On Thru

The drive-thru option will open Monday, March 16 and serve lunch and dinner, with options like Burger & Fries ($14), Veggie Melts & Fries ($14), the iconic Canlis Salad ($12) and ice cream sandwiches ($5). It will be open 11 a.m. through 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Family Meal, Delivered

This delivery service will comprise of a home-cooked dinner and bottle of wine, delivered to your doorstep. The menu will change daily, and delivery will begin Wednesday March 18. Check back here or their website for an order link, which will be available soon.

More info on menus, pricing, and order links coming in the next couple days. We'll make sure to update here, and you can also check in directly on Canlis' website.

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