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Venerable Vegetarian Restaurant Spinning Off at Sea-Tac Airport

25-year-old Cafe Flora will expand for the first time

Cafe Flora
Cafe Flora
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Cafe Flora has been serving upscale vegetarian food in Madison Valley for an impressive 25 years, and the restaurant is celebrating its silver anniversary with the announcement that it will expand for the first time. Giving hope to diners who hate the limited food options available while traveling, the company will open a spin-off called Floret at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, next to the new Delta lounge between the A and B terminals.

The forthcoming 1,800-square-foot restaurant will be the first vegetarian and vegan eatery at Sea-Tac, and apparently one of only a handful of its kind in the whole country. Construction will begin in March, with an anticipated opening in late summer 2017.

The restaurant will sport large glass windows looking out onto the runway, plus plenty of plants and natural lighting that will evoke a similar feel to the one fans have become accustomed to at Cafe Flora. Maybe you'll even forget for a few moments that you're stuck in an airport.

Floret will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu should be similar to that its sibling cafe. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes that change seasonally will make use of local and organic produce from the same purveyors Cafe Flora currently works with. Along with new offerings, some Cafe Flora classics may make it on the Floret menu.

There will also be a bar with craft cocktails made with local spirits, plus Northwest beer, cider, and wine. As with many airport restaurants, Floret will have a grab-and-go section with local coffee and juices.

"We’re thrilled to be expanding for the first time and bringing a new dining experience to Sea-Tac travelers," owner Nat Stratton-Clarke said in a statement. "As an avid traveler and lifelong vegetarian I know how difficult it can be to find healthy, local food options while traveling. Floret will be an opportunity to help raise the bar for airport dining everywhere."

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

17801 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98158 (206) 787-5388 Visit Website

Cafe Flora

2901 East Madison Street, , WA 98112 (206) 325-9100 Visit Website