Once the center of commerce in Seattle’s pioneer days, Pioneer Square has come full circle, thanks in part to new incubators, start-ups and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s new HUB Seattle facility. Other businesses are following suit, driven by the opportunity to reinvent this once bustling part of town.
Entrepreneurs and business people alike are taking a chance on Pioneer Square, including chef Matt Dillon, who will be opening Bar Sajor in December. He is partnering with Katherine Anderson on another new Pioneer Square venture, London Plane, which will be part bakery, florist and café offering sit down and takeout meals. Indigene is another new idea, which will be a private meeting space that serves wine and art up to visitors. Not far from it will be a new butcher shop slated to open in February.
Part of the rush is to establish businesses in the area before the Viaduct is taken down. It’s expected that the area will enjoy new life, exploding with new housing and retail projects in its place. A new 700 unit apartment project near CenturyLink Field is already underway and several hundred other new apartment buildings are on the drawing boards.
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