(SEATTLE, WA)—The Lucky Diner, a traditional American diner, will open in mid-May 2011 on 1st & Cedar. Chef Justin Mevs, most recently the executive chef of Cutters Bayhouse until September 2009,wants to provide Belltown with a neighborhood “third place,” where locals (and anyone else) will hang out when not at home or work.
“Belltown is the heart of the city for downtown living; it needs a space where people can come in at any time of the day or night,” says Justin. The Lucky Diner will be open seven days a week from early morning to late night. Customers might have coffee and pie while working on laptops, stop in after a night on the town before going home, or start their day with a full breakfast before heading to work or savoring their weekend.
Menu items will be reminiscent of traditional diner favorites, some with a twist or street food influence. Dishes will range from biscuits and gravy, omelets and Joe’s Special to burgers, sandwiches and fish and chips. Dinner plates will vary and include items like a mixed plate of hamburger steak and macaroni with special sauce.
Beer and wine will be available, but the focus of the diner will be on food and coffee.The urban-industrial atmosphere will include large windows allowing natural light (perfect forreading that book by the window and sipping coffee), aluminum brushed chairs at the diner counter, Marmoleum (linoleum made from natural ingredients) counters and tabletops and recycled thick glass globe pendant light fixtures.
The Lucky Diner name comes from Justin’s appreciation of his fortunate life: good health, close family ties, interesting life experiences and travels. It also has an old-school sense to it, taking the mind back to early diners where communities gathered to exchange news, be social and enjoy simple, good meals. Learning the ropes in the corporate environment has given Justin the knowledge and ability to return to his love of good, fun comfort food.